Teacher Education 

Concordia’s Teacher Education programs, fully accredited by CAEP (formerly NCATE), include a foundation in liberal arts and a core of education courses, which are enhanced by a strong emphasis on pre-professional field experiences. Teacher Education candidates select an area of academic concentration. For candidates in the Early Childhood, Childhood and Middle Childhood Generalist programs, a Liberal Studies concentration is available with a specialization in Art, Social Sciences, Biology, English, Religion, Mathematics, Music, or Social Studies.

Graduates of Concordia’s Teacher Education program qualify academically for an initial New York State Classroom Teaching Certificate and thus are ready to teach in public, private, or parochial schools. 93% of the 2013-2014 graduates are employed in the education field. Teacher Education candidates who wish to work with students in a traditional self-contained classroom may choose Early Childhood (birth–grade 2), Childhood (grades 1–6) or Middle Childhood Generalist (grades 5-9) program.

Upon admission to the Teacher Education program, students choose from among 4 different tracks leading to the classroom.  The Traditional track prepares students to graduate in four years with a BA in Education and provides special workshops and individual guidance in preparation for the New York State Teacher Certification tests.  The 5 year Master’s program provides an MS in Education along with special workshops and individual guidance in preparation for the New York State Teacher Certification tests.  Some students wish more time for study and classroom experience prior to becoming a fully certified teacher.  For these students the Teacher Assistant track is appropriate.  Students in the Teacher Assistant track graduate in 4 years with a BA in Education Services and take the New York State Teacher Assistant test, certifying them to work as a Teacher’s Assistant in New York State.  Alternative track students are those who are either seeking a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma, a Christian Education Certificate, or certification in a state other than New York.  Alternative students graduate with a BA in Education and become certified in their state of employment.

In 2015, our new program options include:

• A new concentration in Music
• A new diploma program in Christian Education for students who want to teach in Christian Schools but are not members of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church

The Concordia Teacher Education program also offers Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education  and a Master of Science in Childhood Special Education programs.  Learn more here...

5-Year BA to MS program

The Education program also features a 5-year BA to MS Ed fast track in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education. The program prepares students to meet all New York State teacher certification requirements in these areas. Students leave the program well prepared to teach literacy and other core subjects to diverse groups of children in grades 1-6. It prepares students to use the latest in educational and assistive technology, implement education practices that support children with disabilities across classroom settings and support all students through the use of positive behavioral support methods.

The program also emphasizes field experiences. Students spend time in local schools starting with their first education class. All 5-year students will have a comprehensive teaching experience in both general and special education programs.

Teacher Education Fieldwork Experiences

Field experiences begin during the first year with a five-day pre-professional practicum during which candidates serve as teachers’ aides in the grade level of their choice. Prior to the student teaching semester, Concordia candidates are required to complete at least 100 additional hours of fieldwork, including experiences with students in high-needs urban settings, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.

Fieldwork and student teaching sites include:

Westchester County Public Schools include:

Bronx Bronxville
Eastchester Mount Vernon
New Rochelle Pelham
Scarsdale Tuckahoe

New York Parochial Schools include:

The Chapel School, Bronxville Immaculate Conception School, Eastchester
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, Bronxville Our Savior Lutheran, Bronx
St. Mark's Lutheran, Yonkers  

Teacher Education Program Courses

Concordia’s education courses prepare students for a variety of classroom settings. Courses of interest include:

Classroom Applications of Instructional Technology
This course applies the principles of teaching in a peer group setting. Through interactive white board video-conferencing technology, web 2.0 applications, and other interactive classroom experiences, students gain insight into purposeful teaching methods.

Curriculum and Assessment
This course introduces students to the New York State Common Core, as well as principles for development of curricula, evaluation of students’ progress toward goals and objectives, and interpretation of the results of standardized tests.

Pre-Professional Practicum Experience
Through field experience as a teacher’s aide in the classroom, teacher program applicants gain insights into the operation of the learning environments at various and appropriate grade levels. Experiences include motivation, communication, classroom management, and instructional planning.

Religious Education and the Role of the Christian Teacher
Teacher candidates preparing for the teaching ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod study the goals, objectives, content, and methods of teaching the Christian faith, as well as the special responsibilities of teachers in Lutheran schools.

Teacher Education Faculty and Staff

Dr. Stephanie Squires
Dean of the Division of Teacher Education
Professor of Education
Ph.D, M. Ed., University of New Orleans, B.A., College of New Rochelle

Dr. Deborah Carter
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, M.A., Sacred Heart University, B.S., Eastern Connecticut State University

Dr. Gary Dresser
Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Education, Program Chair
Ed.D., Walden University, M.S. Ed., Johns Hopkins University

Charles Frank
M.S. College of New Rochelle, B.A., William Patterson University

Nicole Morgan
Assistant to the Dean of Teacher Education
B.A., Iona College

Dr. Katherine Roe
Assistant Professor of Education, Masters
Ph.D. (ABD), Walden University, M.S.Ed., Adelphi University