One strength of the Liberal Studies major is its diverse subject matter. Here at Concordia, you will interact with professors from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Their knowledge and experience provide Liberal Studies students a unique point of view.

In addition to the professors who will be teaching your classes, there are also several key faculty/staff members who will be instrumental in guiding you on your journey to becoming a teacher.

  • Jackie Franke Franke, Jackie
  • Field Experience Coordinator and Teacher Performance Assessment Coordinator
    Assistant Professor of Education
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Jackie Franke

Field Experience Coordinator and Teacher Performance Assessment Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education

Professor Franke places students in local schools for their two required field experiences, typically in their junior year (20 hours) and at the end of their academic program (40 hours). Teacher Performance Assessments happen in conjunction with the field experiences.

Professor Jackie Franke has been in the field of education for 24 years since she moved from Olathe, Kansas to Mission Viejo, CA with her husband and three children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Professor Franke has been with Concordia’s Teacher Credential Program in the School of Education for five years and wears a couple of different hats. As TPA Coordinator, Professor Franke oversees all aspects of the California Teacher Performance Assessment, a state requirement for all teacher candidates to earn their preliminary credential. Professor Franke is also the Field Experience Coordinator and she places all teacher candidates in their two early field experiences. One of the joys of this position is visiting principals and teachers. During these visits, Professor Franke receives positive feedback on how well CUI candidates are prepared which in turn encourages partnerships with local schools and districts to mentor our teacher candidates.

  • Teresa Hess Hess, Teresa
  • Director of Student Teaching and Induction
    Assistant Professor of Education
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Teresa Hess

Director of Student Teaching and Induction
Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Hess guides students through the process to become a teacher from student teacher placement to a Clear Credential.

Dr. Teresa Hess leads the student teaching program, which is the final requirement before filing for a Preliminary credential. Additionally, she oversees the Induction Program where employed teachers may clear their credential with the state of California.

Dr. Hess holds a Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Disability Studies, from Chapman University in Orange, CA, a Master of Science Degree from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her work at the university level, Dr. Hess has over 30 years of elementary teaching experience in both general and special education classrooms.

Teaching Credentials and Certificates

  • Ryan Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Learning Handicapped Credential
  • Resource Specialist Credential
  • Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD)
  • Autism Authorization Certificate
  • Michael Schulteis Schulteis, Michael
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
    Professor of Science Education
  • ScEdD, Doctor of Science Education, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
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Michael Schulteis

Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
Professor of Science Education

Dr. Schulteis teaches EDU 101, the first class all Liberal Studies majors will take; serves as an advisor to Liberal Studies majors; and interviews students for admission into the SOE Credential program.

Dr. Michael Schulteis is a Professor of Science Education and the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs. In addition to advising all undergraduates pursuing a career in teaching, he instructs the Elementary Mathematics and Science Methods course and the Introduction to Teaching course. Dr. Schulteis also teaches the Research Methods course for the MAEd program and has been a thesis advisor for over a decade. Outside the classroom Dr. Schulteis serves the university as a Faculty Marshal, a member of the Institutional Research Board (IRB), and an Admissions Department Liaison.

In addition to his experience as a faculty member at Concordia University, Dr. Schulteis taught biology and chemistry at the high school level and served as a homeroom teacher at the 7th grade level where he taught science, mathematics, social studies, PE, theology, and music. He has international teaching experience and spent time teaching science at an international school in Shanghai, China.

Education

  • ScEdD, Doctor of Science Education, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University Irvine
  • B.A., Biology, Concordia University Irvine

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Education
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Action Research
  • Lutheran Education
  • International Teaching
  • Rebecca Stanton Stanton, Rebecca
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
    Professor, Teacher Credential Program
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Rebecca Stanton

Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
Professor, Teacher Credential Program

Dr. Stanton teaches EDU 101, the first class all Liberal Studies majors will take; serves as an advisor to Liberal Studies majors; and interviews students for admission into the SOE Credential program.

Dr. Rebecca Stanton has been teaching in the School of Education at CUI since 2005, specializing in secondary teaching methods, classroom management, and differentiated instruction. Beyond her teaching duties, she supervises student teachers and guides students as they write their Masters capstone projects. As a university supervisor of student teachers and as a parent volunteer, she has spent innumerable hours in K-12 classrooms. Her sons' special needs have inspired her interest in how the brain learns and how to set up positive, inclusive learning environments. She presents on various teaching strategies at local, regional, and national conferences.

Prior to coming to Concordia University, Dr. Stanton taught German at the university and junior college levels. She also taught German and beginning drama for 9 years at the high school level, and math and science for one year at the junior high school level. She enjoyed taking students on educational trips to Europe and New York City.

Education

  • EdD, Instructional Leadership, Argosy University, Orange County
  • MA, German Literature, University of California, Irvine
  • Teaching Credential, Single Subject (German, Literature), Concordia University Irvine
  • BA, German major, Russian minor, University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching methods, including Differentiated Instruction and foreign language methods
  • Mentoring new teachers
  • Classroom Management
  • Creative learning spaces and activities
  • Heather Vezner Vezner, Heather
  • Director of Teacher Credential Programs
    Assistant Professor of Education
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Heather Vezner

Director of Teacher Credential Programs
Assistant Professor of Education

Professor Vezner works with faculty to coordinate curriculum for the Liberal Studies major. She is also a resource for all Liberal Studies majors who encounter challenges in their program to assist students for successful completion of all requirements.

Professor Heather Vezner enjoyed being a classroom teacher for 17 years. Her experiences in the classroom included serving as an elementary education teacher, early childhood program administrator, and parent educator for a grant-funded early education program. She first came to Concordia University in 2009 in the role of Field Experience Coordinator and TPA Assistant Coordinator. In her current position as Director of Teacher Credential Programs, Professor Vezner coordinates course curriculum, program assessment, accreditation reporting and faculty development.

Teaching Credentials and Certificates

  • California Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential, 2009
  • Illinois Early Childhood Teaching Credential, 2007
  • M.A. - Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, Chicago, 1996
  • Illinois Elementary Education Teaching Credential, 1993
  • B.A. - Elementary Education, Concordia University, Chicago, 1993

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