College of Education

College Philosophy

We pride ourselves on training teacher candidates who will be competent, capable and highly prepared to teach in today’s classrooms.

Since 1905, our objective has remained the same: to prepare teachers who understand that education demands tremendous energy, creativity, dedication, and service. The core values of Christian commitment, teaching and learning, educational excellence, and community service that guide the Concordia community are encapsulated within the College of Education’s Mission Statement:

With Christ as our teacher, the College of Education prepares educators to serve diverse communities, promote moral leadership, encourage life-long learning, and demonstrate the skills necessary to promote effective instruction.

Undergraduate Program offerings in the College of Education include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education (Preliminary Teaching License)
  • Post-B.A. Licensure in Education
  • Professional Church Work Certification for Teachers
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

A Bachelor of Arts in Education Non-Licensure is also available. Please see the Department and the Registrar's Office for requirements. 

Preliminary Teaching License

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Recommendation for Preliminary Teaching License

Concordia’s College of Education offers an undergraduate teacher preparation program that integrates a liberal arts foundation toward teaching licenses issued by the state of Oregon. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree program, candidates are eligible for the Pre-K–12 license with either a multiple subjects endorsement (elementary candidates) or subject-specific endorsements (secondary candidates).

Undergraduate students select one of the following program options:

  • Elementary program (Grades Pre-K–8)
  • Secondary program (Grades 5–12)                         

Those students choosing the secondary program must also select an endorsement area. All professional education and endorsement area coursework, clinical experiences, and testing requirements must be successfully completed to be recommended for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License. 

Post-B.A. Licensure in Education

In some cases, students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree may earn a Preliminary Teaching License at the undergraduate level; however there are specific requirements which must be reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. This post-B.A. program does not result in an additional degree.