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Lutheran Teaching Ministry Program

The Lutheran Teaching Program will prepare you for teaching in Lutheran schools at either the elementary or secondary level. Those who want to teach at the elementary level are best prepared by being a Liberal Studies major. Future high school teachers will major in a state-approved single subject content area. Students in Lutheran teaching programs complete the requirements for a California teaching credential and Christ College requirements. Your teaching assignments will include both public school settings and Lutheran schools. You will then be certified, called, and commissioned by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to teach in Lutheran schools and hold a Lutheran Teaching Certificate.

While the majority of classes in this program are Education classes, you are encouraged to seek ways to integrate faith throughout the curriculum you will teach. Students who have a heart for Jesus and a passion for teaching ministry are guided to serve God by being servant leaders in their classrooms, in the congregational level, and beyond.

CUI Program Distinctives

  • Strong west coast Lutheran presence concentrated in Southern California and the Pacific Southwest District
  • One of the largest parochial school systems
  • K-12 experiences available

Lutheran Teaching Ministry Articles

  • Rev. Dr. Paul Elliott

    Project Sets Psalms to Music

    By Magazine Editorial Team

    There’s a new sound emanating from the CUI campus — old lyrics put to new melodies that express timeless theological truths about God.

  • Stephen Puls

    Lutheran Teaching Alumnus Profile: Stephen Puls

    As a student at Concordia University Irvine you have access to some of the greatest minds in their fields. Each faculty member could be teaching somewhere else, but they choose to be part of this community, and their commitment shows in the passion they have in the classroom, in the relationships they have with each other and in the relationships they develop with students.

  • Great Commission Showcase

    Great Commission Showcase

    By Ann Ashmon

    Taylor Holland (Kelso) '17, the 2016-2017 Great Commission Showcase winner, discovered her new life goals through an unexpected medical emergency.

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Contact Us

For more information regarding the Lutheran Teaching Ministry program, please contact the Director, Dr. Cari Chittick.

Dr. Cari Chittick
Program Director
(949) 214-3355
[email protected]

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