2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Secondary Education Areas of Endorsement

The Secondary Education program at Concordia University Chicago offers a choice of Senior High School Endorsements required of candidates seeking Secondary Licensure. CUC’s approved secondary education endorsements are included below.

English/Language Arts Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in English Language Arts studies and a passing score on the appropriate state content test.

Required Courses
ENG-2100Linguistics3
ENG-3100British Literature to 17853
ENG-3200British Literature II3
ENG-3300Major American Authors3
ENG-4000Literary Theory & Criticism3
ENG-4150Literature/Related Media for Adolescents3
ENG-4370Shakespeare3
ENG-4960Research and Writing Capstone1
ENG-4980Practicum in Teaching Composition3
ENG-2500Classical World Literature3
or ENG-2600 Modern World Literature
Electives
Select two additional ENG courses6
Non-Western Literature
Greek & Roman Mythology
African American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
Romantic Period: 1785-1832
Victorian Age: 1832-1901
American Renaissance
American Realism and Naturalism
Twentieth Century American Fiction
Twentieth Century Poetry
Total Hours34

Mathematics Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in Mathematics and passing score on the appropriate state content test.

MAT-2000Statistics3
MAT-2100Discrete Mathematics3
MAT-2200History of Mathematics3
MAT-2500Calculus I4
MAT-2600Calculus II4
MAT-3100Calculus III4
MAT-3500Mathematical Proof3
MAT-3600Linear Algebra3
MAT-3700College Geometry3
MAT-4610Group Theory3
MAT-4810Real Analysis3
or MAT-4820 Complex Analysis
Total Hours36

Physical Education Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in Physical Education and a passing score on the appropriate state content test. Concordia-Chicago also offers Special Certification in PK-12 Physical Education – See Specialists PK-12 Programs.

Required Activity Core
PES-1010Fitness and Wellness1
PES-1119Weight Training and Cardiovascular Activities2
Required Theory
PES-3200Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science3
Required Science Core
PES-3400Applied Anatomy and Physiology4
PES-3660Kinesiology3
PES-4431Physical Growth/Motor Development3
Required Pedagogy Core
EDSC-4900Content & Methods: Teaching PE Middle/Secondary3
PES-4110Fitness Activities and Technology2
PES-4625Teaching Individual and Dual Sports Activities3
PES-4635Teaching Team Sport Activities3
PES-4640Teaching Dance Activities2
PES-4650Physical Activities for Children with Special Needs3
PES-4660Curriculum Design2
PES-4740Measurement and Evaluation of Human Performance3
Total Hours37

Science – Biology Designation Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in the Natural Sciences and a passing score on the appropriate state content test. 

Required Natural Science
BIO-2011General Biology I4
PHY-1110Physics of Things We Use4
Required Biology Core
BIO-2012General Biology II4
BIO-3215Microbiology4
BIO-3230Cell Biology4
BIO-3310General Ecology4
BIO-4225Genetics4
BIO-4900Seminar in Biology3
Biology Electives
Select six to eight additional hours from BIO courses 16-8
Coursework from Other Science Designations
CHE-2211General Chemistry I 24
or CHE-2200 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHE-2212 General Chemistry II 24
or CHE-2300 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
EAS-1105Elements of Earth Science4
Total Hours49-51

Social Science - History Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in the Social Sciences and a passing score on the appropriate state content test.

Required Social Science Core
ECO-2400Foundations of Economics3
GEO-1200World Geography: Culture Patterns3
HIS-1325Survey of the World Since 13503
POS-1100American Government and Politics3
Required History Core
HIS-1200History of the American People to 18773
HIS-1250History of the American People since 18773
HIS-1315Survey of World History to 13503
HIS-2100Seminar in Writing and Researching History3
HIS-2800A History of Illinois3
HIS-4900Senior Seminar3
Choose 9 hours from the following courses:
Select 3 hours from American History:
American History3
Antebellum America
Contemporary America
The American Religious Experience
U.S. Diplomatic History
Topics and Readings in History (when topic is appropriate)
3 hours from European History
European History3
The Age of Reform, 1400-1650
Europe In Our Time: 1918-Present
Topics and Readings in History (when topic is appropriate)
3 hours from Non-Western History
Non-Western History3
Twentieth Century World History
Non-Western Historical Studies
Topics and Readings in History (when topic is appropriate)
Total Hours39

Visual Arts Coursework

This endorsement requires coursework in the Visual Arts and a passing score on the appropriate state content test. Concordia-Chicago also offers Special Certification in PK-12 Art Education – See Specialists PK-12 programs.

Visual Arts Major Coursework
Required Visual Arts Core
ART-1210Two-Dimensional Basic Studio3
ART-1310Three-Dimensional Basic Studio3
ART-2050Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance3
ART-2150Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary3
ART-2200Non-Western Art3
ART-2220Drawing Studio3
ART-3210Painting Studio I3
ART-3245Digital Photography I3
ART-3310Ceramic Studio I3
ART-3320Figure Drawing Studio3
ART-4700Professional Strategies for the Visual Artist3
Choose 1 elective from the list below:3
Graphic Design I (Replaces ART-2500)
Graphic Design II (Replaces ART-4510)
Painting Studio II
Printmaking Studio I
Printmaking Studio II
Digital Photography II
Ceramic Studio II
Jewelry
Artists' Books
Fiber Arts Studio
Topics in the Visual Arts
Independent Study in Art
Total Hours36

Electives as needed to equal 120 credits for the degree. 

Middle Grade Endorsements in Content Areas Available to Add to Secondary Education

Public Elementary Teacher Education candidates are strongly recommended to add at least one endorsement to their degree.  At this time, Middle School Subject Area Endorsements are available.