Elementary/Middle School Education (Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence)

One great teacher can change a child’s life. You could be that teacher. CUW’s Elementary Education program gives you the skills and training you need to teach and inspire children in grades 1-8.

Why Study Elementary/Middle School Education at CUW?

Our program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting
  • Persue a Lutheran Teaching Certification or Christian Educator Certification
  • Apply concepts learned in university classrooms in field experiences in area schools during various stages of the program
  • Use current technology in educational settings
  • Pursue a dual certification in Special Education and Elementary/Middle School Education
  • Select a minor from many licensable subject areas
  • Apply to student teach internationally or in other U.S. states

Program Facts

  • Years to complete: 4 years
  • Job placement rate: 99+%      

Program Overview

What you’ll learn in the Elementary/Middle Childhood Program:

  • To provide instruction in the curriculum areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, art, music, and theology
  • To differentiate instruction and assess student progress
  • To integrate technology in classrooms
  • Classroom management strategies
  • To integrate faith and learning

Career Choices

With a degree in Elementary/Middle Childhood program you can find meaningful work in:

  • Elementary Schools - Private and Public
  • Middle Schools - Private and Public
  • Instruction in multiple subjects in a single or multi-grade classroom, as well as subject-divided middle schools
  • Profit and non-profit centers
  • After school programs


Elementary/Middle School students take the Concordia Core classes, Education Core classes, and courses in a subject area minor.  See our course catalog for details.


Elementary/Middle School Education majors select a minor or purpose dual certification in regular and special education. Because most middle schools are departmentalized, we recommend that you select a minor for the subject area you’d most like to teach. See our course catalog for a complete list of minors.

Important Things You Should Know

  • To receive upper division status you must have a GPA of 2.5, completed and passed preliminary clinical courses, passed Core Test of Academic Skills or have ACT scores at or above 23 composite and 20+ in English, Reading, and Mathematics, completed two portfolio interviews, and a background check
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.75 to student teach and be eligible to be licensed
  • Student teaching involves two different placements for one quarter each (Students seeking a Lutheran Education certification must have at least one placement in a Lutheran school)
  • The program assumes no responsibility for the success of its students in obtaining professional certification or other types of professional licensure


Graduates of the program will be eligible for Wisconsin teacher licensure to teach from ages six through 12 or 13 (grades 1-8) in regular education.  Elementary Education majors can also pursue dual certification in regular and special education.


Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1-800-441-4563, www.dpi.state.wi.us


Dr. Nicole Muth, Elementary/Middle School Department Chair

Dr. Kathleen Kremer

Dr. Val Keiper

Dr. Renae MacCudden

Prof. Eugene Pitchford III