Undergraduate Education Programs

School of Education

Undergraduate Education Programs

Preparing professional educators

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions you can be in today. Working with students, parents and colleagues is exciting and gratifying. Teachers stretch minds and transform people. Joining Concordia’s School of Education is your first step toward becoming a great teacher!

Every instructor in the School of Education has taught at either the elementary, middle-school or high school level and many have taught more than one grade. Faculty also contribute their experiences as principals, coaches, and school counselors to the information you will learn in class. You will learn from professionals who understand the history of education and are striving to make you the best teacher you can be for the future.

As you prepare for a career in education, it is important to know that Concordia’s Teacher Credential Program is a certified credential-granting institution with the State of California. CUI also offers training for the Lutheran Teaching Certificate through the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. And if you wish to advance your career further, the School of Ed offers four Masters degrees and a Doctorate in Education.

We welcome you to the start of a career in teaching!


Dr. Michael W. Schulteis
Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
[email protected]

Majors & Certificates Offered

Student Teaching

During your time at CUI we want you to get the best experiences for becoming an outstanding teacher. To do this we give you the opportunity to start working with students from K-12 starting in your first class EDUC 101, Introduction to Teaching.

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Examinations and Assessments

There are several examinations and assessments required of you on your journey to becoming a teacher. These are both state and federal requirements.

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Test requirements At-a-Glance

Special Education Multiple Subject Single Subject Out of Major
CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) www.ctcemxams.nesinc.com and select “CBEST”
Full passage of the CBEST is required before admission to all of the Teacher Credential Programs
CSET ((California Subject Examinations for Teachers) www.ctcexams.nesinc.com and select “CSET”
Passage, previous attempt or proof of registration for first testing date of the semester (Sept, January, May) Passage, previous attempt or proof of registration for first testing date of the semester (Sept, January, May) Passage, previous attempt or proof of registration for first testing date of the semester (Sept, January, May) Single Subject candidates who completed a state- approved subject matter preparation program are exempt Full passage required before admission to Teacher Credential Program
Full passage of all subtests BEFORE Student Teaching
RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) www.rica.nesinc.com/ and select “CSET”
Take this exam AFTER you have completed EDSP 560. You must successfully pass this exam before you can apply for your credential Take this exam AFTER you have completed EDUC 560. You must successfully pass this exam before you can apply for your credential This exam is not required for obtaining a single subject credential
You are Exempt!
RICA is required to obtain a multiple subject or special education credential.
CalTPA (California Teaching Performance Assessment) http://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/TPA-California-candidates.html/ and select “CSET”
Tasks 1 and 2 completed semester before student teaching
Tasks 3 and 4 completed in Student Teaching
You must successfully pass all TPAs before you can apply for your preliminary credential.

*Candidates are considered “Out of Major” if their undergraduate major does not match the subject area they are going to teach. Here are two examples: A candidate may be a Chemistry major, but is going for a secondary credential in History; or the candidate may be an Art major who plans to go for a Multiple Subject Elementary Credential. As the coursework does not match the test the candidate is required to take, the candidate will be required to pass the CSET before admittance to the Teacher Education Program.

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