Education and Leadership

Concordia: A History of Teacher Education

Concordia University Chicago, one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent, has been preparing teachers and educational leaders since 1864. Today, the education curricula within the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs are nationally acclaimed by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education. Founded by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod to prepare teachers for Lutheran parish schools, Concordia’s education curricula continue to prepare teachers, school leaders, school counselors, and Directors of Christian Education for both the Church and the world.

The College of Graduate and Innovative Programs houses the university’s masters and doctoral degree programs for educational leaders, early childhood education, public and non-public school leadership, or public school leadership with a superintendent’s endorsement available for qualifying candidates.

As an advanced degree student pursuing a career in education within Concordia’s College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, you’ll be in good company. That’s because Concordia graduates the state’s largest number of public school teachers among private Illinois colleges, and more than 4,000 Chicagoland teachers and administrators seeking their graduate education degrees enroll at Concordia each year.

About Our Programs

The College of Graduate and Innovative Programs and the College of Education offer master of arts in education and leadership in 20 different programmatic areas designed to meet the career needs of school-based practitioners. The programs offer academic preparation specific to the growing field of education with emphasis on integrating theory applicable to practice in public and private school settings. Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions specific to the program areas that represent current best practices and pedagogy.

Several of the programs are also designed to meet specific certification and endorsement requirements, and are aligned to appropriate national and state standards.

Through academic rigor and relevance, Concordia University Chicago's master of arts students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century learner, develop professional relationships with faculty and peers, and are equipped to be leaders in the educational field.