2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Middle Grades Education

The 125 credit-hour minimum is achievable by using specific courses that meet both general education requirements and the Middle Grades Education major curriculum requirements. All Middle Grades Education students must pick two content areas for their major. Elementary and Secondary education majors may add on specific content endorsements to their license through specific coursework. We recommend students work with their faculty advisor.

The Middle Grades Professional Educator License with content area Endorsements is granted by the state of Illinois. The requirements for the Middle Grades Endorsements, set forth by the state, are inclusive to the grades 5-8.

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) are general education courses Concordia-Chicago agrees to accept in lieu of comparable, lower-division general education requirements. For more information regarding IAI transfer credit, please see the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s iTransfer website at www.itransfer.org.

University Requirements 

COL-1995Vocation and College Success1

General Education Requirements (47-63) 

Communication (9 Hours)

ENG-1100English Composition3
COM-1100Speech Communication3
ENG-2000Writing About Literature3

Humanities (9-10 Hours)

Humanities Required : Select one of the following3
History of the American People to 1877
History of the American People since 1877
Fine Arts select one from the following3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance
Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary
Non-Western Art 1
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary 1
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures 1
History of Jazz
Introduction to Theater
Select one Humanities or Fine Arts from the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Non-Western Literature 1
Society and Literature
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
Greek & Roman Mythology
African American Literature
Classical World Literature
Modern World Literature
German for Reading I
German for Reading II
Greek I
Greek II
Hebrew I
Hebrew II
Survey of Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
Survey of Modern Europe Since 1815
History of the American People to 1877
History of the American People since 1877
Survey of World History to 1350 1
Survey of the World Since 1350 1
U.S. Women's History
African American History
Hispanic and Latino American History
Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations
A History of Illinois
Arts and Ideas
Intro to American Cultural Studies
Latin I
Latin II
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures
History of Jazz
Primer in Philosophy
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Logic
Social and Political Philosophy
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Introduction to Theater

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Hours)

EDUC-2020Human and Cognitive Development3
PSY-2125Child and Adolescent Psychology3
Select one courses from the following list:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1
Foundations of Economics
Geography of North America
World Geography: Culture Patterns
The Developing World 1
Introduction to Global Cultural Studies
Engaging Diversity: U.S. Perspectives
American Government and Politics
Social and Political Philosophy
International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
General Psychology
The Mind and the Brain
Developmental Psychology: Life Span
Social Psychology
People and Society (transfer students exempt)
Introduction to Sociology
Marriage and the Family
Sociology of Gender/Sexualities
Race, Ethnicity, & Racisms in the U.S.
Social Inequality: Class, Status and Power

Physical and Life Science (8 Hours)

At least one of the transfer courses in science must include a lab.   

NSCI-1110Concepts in Chemistry and Biology 34
NSCI-1120Concepts in Physics and Earth Science 34

Mathematics (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:3
Finite Mathematics (for non-math content specialists)
College Algebra
Pre-Calculus (or higher for math content specialists)

University Requirements 

Theology – Public Teacher Education (6 Hours)

Biblical Course: Select one 3
The Bible (B)
Introduction to the Old Testament (B)
Introduction to the New Testament (B)
Theological Course 3
Introduction to Christianity (S)

Theology – Lutheran Teacher Education (21 Hours)

Required Methods Course
EDUC-4900Lutheran Teacher: Vocation and Methods3
Theology Minor (2.75 GPA Required)
Required Courses
THY-2010Introduction to the Old Testament (B) 23
THY-2500Martin Luther's Small and Large Catechisms (S) 13
THY-3105Introduction to the New Testament (B)3
THY-3320Survey of Church History (H)3
Choose 2 courses from the list below:6
The Augsburg Confession and its Apology (S)
The Ancient Creeds, the Smalcald Articles, and the Treaties (S)
The Formula of Concord (S)