Secondary and K-12 Education

Concordia’s Secondary Education program prepares students for teaching and licensure in grades 5 or 6 through 12 or grades kindergarten through 12 in specific subject areas.  Secondary Education students are required to major in a subject discipline (such as English, history, math, science, etc.). 

Why Study Secondary Education at CUW?

Our program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting
  • Receive instruction in apologetics and faith integration
  • Receive an education embedded and nurtured in relationships and a mentoring focus
  • Receive instruction from experienced faculty who have worked in public Christian, or Lutheran education fields
  • Take advantage of low student to faculty ratio
  • Network with numerous and talented program alumni and partner schools
  • Partake and experience out-of-state and international student teaching opportunities
  • Apply concepts learned in university classrooms in numerous field experiences in area schools during various stages of the program
  • Use current technology in educational settings
  • Select a minor from many licensable subject areas

Program Facts

Years to complete: 4-5 years  

Program Overview

What you’ll learn in the Secondary Education Program:

  • To provide instruction in the curriculum areas of English, English as a second language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, broadfield social science, business, history, adaptive education, athletic coaching, broad field social studies, psychology, health, physical education, art, choral and instrumental music, German, Spanish, speech communication, and theology,
  • To differentiate instruction and assess student progress,
  • To integrate technology in classrooms,
  • Classroom management strategies,
  • To be an educator dedicated to service in the classroom, church, and community,
  • To cultivate a collaborative mindset for professional learning communities,
  • To develop 21st Century skills,
  • To integrate faith and learning.

Licensable subject area majors for Secondary Education for grades 5 or 6 through 12 include: 

  • Biology
  • Broadfield science
  • Broadfield social science
  • English
  • History
  • mathematics

Licensure in grades kindergarten through 12 is available in the following majors:

  • Art education
  • Business education
  • Choral music
  • German
  • Instrumental music
  • Physical education
  • Spanish

Certifiable minors are also available in:

  • Adaptive education
  • Athletic coaching
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • English as a second language
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Speech communication

Career Choices

With a degree in Secondary Education program you can find meaningful work in:

  • Middle Schools – Private and Public
  • Secondary Schools – Private and Public


Secondary Education students take the Concordia Core classes, Education Core classes, and courses in a subject area major. See our course catalog for details.

Important Things You Should Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Upon successful completion of the Secondary Education program, students are eligible to apply for a Wisconsin teacher’s license. 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 licensure to teach in their licensable major(s). Students may also elect to complete licensable minor areas of study.


Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1-800-441-4563,


Dr. Adam Paape, Secondary Education Department Chair

Brad Alles, Faculty Generalist

Prof. Kathryn Baganz

Dr. James Juergensen