Academics


Concordia University Chicago has a variety of accredited, highly ranked, on-campus, cohort and online programs to help students achieve their goals for a baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate education. Concordia offers accelerated bachelor'smasters, post-masters, endorsements, certifications and doctoral programs in education, business, humanities and leadership.

To read about Concordia-Chicago's accreditation, click here.

Recent Accolades and Achievements

Recognized as a leader in teacher education, Concordia graduates the state’s largest number of public school teachers among private Illinois colleges. In addition, from the Chicagoland area alone, more than 3,500 teachers and administrators seeking their graduate education degrees enroll at Concordia each year.

In March 2012, the master of arts program in early childhood education was accepted as a pilot to the Gateways to Opportunity entitlement program, a statewide system designed to support Illinois early care and education, school-age and youth development professionals.

The Higher Learning Commission in February of 2012 granted accreditation for the university to offer a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in leadership. As a result, Concordia added PhD to its doctor of education (EdD) in leadership with eight specializations.

In 2012, the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs launched a partnership with India’s government to help establish education standards and to educate and train teachers and administrators in India through online bachelors and graduate programs. This is part of an initiative launched in India to establish up to 5,000 new schools by 2015.

In its 2011 Almanac Edition, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Concordia University Chicago the second-fastest growing campus for private nonprofit master’s degree granting institutions across the country.

In 2010, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education conferred its prestigious “Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without conditions” on Concordia’s 18 education programs.

The Golden Apple Foundation has recognized 13 alumni with its prestigious Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. Our current students include eight Golden Apple Scholars—who upon graduation will teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.

Concordia-Chicago spearheads “Tomorrow’s Promise: Vision 2020,” an 11-year partnership with Fifth Third Bank, Bellwood School District 88 and Proviso Township High School District 209 to create educational and economic opportunity for teachers, underserved students and their families in the local community. No other program like it has been identified in the nation.

The Cohort Model

Concordia believes that an important aspect of your graduate learning experience is interaction with your peers. To promote a sense of communal belonging and encourage the formation of interactive relationships between classmates within a given program and degree area, Concordia has established what it calls the cohort model. As the name implies, cohorts consist of classmates who proceed through the same instructional sequence, together as a group, either on campus, or via correspondence or online. As a member of a cohort, you will quickly discover the benefits of sharing ideas and experiences with others over the course of your studies, and complete your course work with an enhanced feeling of satisfaction and communal accomplishment.

Accreditation

Illinois State Board of Education

All degree programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association 

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 1962 and the colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.

At the graduate level, recognized programs are the master of arts in curriculum and instruction (ESL endorsement), reading education, school leadership, teaching (elementary and secondary),
and the doctorate in educational leadership.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The master of arts in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).