Make a difference, from the start

Early childhood is a critical age. It’s a time when children are so full of wonder, and it’s the time to lay the groundwork for their entire educational experience. This academic program will prepare you to be an early childhood educator, and get you ready to work with children from birth through grade three.

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Childcare Worker
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Program Overview

In this program, you will work toward becoming a licensed early childhood educator, with options that would allow you to teach in Lutheran, Christian, or public school settings. Early childhood educators specialize in child development and work with children birth to third grade. During your time at Concordia, you would take classes in both liberal arts and early childhood education so that you would be well prepared to teach all subjects in an early childhood classroom. Your program would include fieldwork, practicums, and student teaching to give you real experience and practice for your future vocation! Your early childhood education professors know you by name and prepare you for a career with lifetime satisfaction to make a positive impact on children’s lives.

This program leads to Wisconsin state licensure, which lets you serve in both Christian or public schools from elementary schools pre-K to 3rd grade, profit and nonprofit centers, Head Start programs, family childcare centers, after school programs, and outdoor settings such as camps or nature preschools. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation, meaning you’ll get a well-rounded education. Our Early Childhood program is accredited and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.

This program offers a Lutheran Teacher Diploma track if you’d like to pursue education as an LCMS church work professional. It also has a Christian Teacher Certification track if you’d rather pursue education in another Christian school setting.

What to Expect

Programmatic focus areas include whole child development, creative and integrated play-based learning, and developmentally appropriate practice. You’ll start with specific education coursework, but you’ll also receive practical field experience beginning freshman year. The program will help you master content knowledge as well as a wide range of instructional strategies, and will help you develop skills you’ll find valuable as an educator - from managing your classroom and designing curricula to engaging with families and communities.

Concentrations / Specializations

As an education major, you can choose from dozens of concentrations, specializations and minors – no matter your interests.

Early Childhood dual majors do not need one of these specialization areas, however you can still pick minors or concentrations if you wish to. These concentrations and specializations also apply to other departments, specifically Elementary Education. Rest assured, you do not need to choose one of these before entering the School of Education. Once in the School of Education, your advisor will work with you to schedule classes and specializations based on your educational and career interests.

See the list below for the current specialties. This list often changes, so please check with a School of Education faculty or staff member on current specialties.

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