The Graduate Teacher Certification Program prepares students to earn initial licensure for elementary, secondary, or early childhood education through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The School of Education equips and inspires Christian servant leaders to pursue integrity and excellence in the delivery of educational services within professional and lifelong learning throughout the world.
- Graduate Teacher Certification programs are available in 3 different concentrations:
- Cohorts begin once each year.
- Many minor licensure areas, including ESL and Bilingual, are available to add to the major/initial teaching license.
- All students who complete the Graduate Teacher Certification Program will have 5 years to complete the 9 additional credits to earn the Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning.
- Learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom
- Learn new technologies that enhance instruction
- Complete a practicum in your area of licensure
- Gain the field experience required by the Department of Public Instruction
- Build your portfolio and demonstrate growth and competency in teaching standards
- Complete student-teaching requirements
- Learn the challenges facing classroom teachers including school law, legal rights and teacher responsibilities
- Examine relationships with parents and the community, focusing on the teacher as a role model in and outside the classroom
- Become a more confident educator
- Federal Student Aid: Federal Student Loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees. You may apply online at www.fafsaa.ed.gov. Concordia’s school code is 003842.
- Preferred Educational Partners: Student’s whose school districts are Preferred Educational Partners receive a tuition reduction. Please see www.cuw.edu/pep for more information.
- Christian Educator Discount: Grants are available to teachers in Christian Schools
- Teach Grant: Students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary, secondary, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families may be eligible for a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant.
The Graduate Teacher Certification is available at the following accelerated learning centers. Check with the specific campus you would like to attend to confirm start dates. Cohorts also run, given an adequate number of qualified accepted applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Jonathan Tempesta - Program Director
“After evaluating similar programs at other colleges, I decided the Graduate Teaching Certification program at Concordia University was the best fit for my busy lifestyle. The quality of instruction and support of Concordia staff and faculty was outstanding. With challenging courses, top-noth educators and small cohort sizes, I could not have asked for a more enriching or rewarding experience. I have grown personally and professional and my students will reap the benefits for years to come.” - Holly Bauer, ‘14
“Looking for meaning in my work-life, I decided two years ago to pursue my post-baccalaureate teacher certification to fulfill a deeply embedded desire to work with young people. Through this program, I was able to continue working full time while pursuing my certification and Master’s degree. The classes were small offering a tailored, personalized feel to my education, and my cohort peers quickly became like family.” - Therese Lafleur, ‘14