Accelerated bachelor's in secondary education

Concordia is the only university in Wisconsin to offer 3-year bachelor's degree programs in education. CUW's accelerated education programs ensure Wisconsin licensure to teach grades 4 through 12 in social studies or English.


Accelerated bachelor’s in secondary education

Higher education is changing. A four-year or five-year path toward a bachelor’s degree doesn’t work for everyone. As a student, you can take advantage of some of the innovations that make reaching your goals more realistic.

What flexible options are there for those who want to become teachers, though?

Concordia’s new accelerated bachelor’s in secondary education

Concordia University now offers an accelerated online Bachelor’s in Secondary Education. This program was designed with your needs in mind. While your practicum work and student teaching will be in-person, the added flexibility of online learning is a plus. If you’re needing to work while completing your bachelor’s degree, you might benefit from the flexibility of an online program.

The Accelerated Secondary Education program lets you choose between becoming a social studies teacher or an English teacher. It’s a fully-online bachelor’s in education leading to a Wisconsin license to teach grades 4 through 12. The accelerated courses can be scheduled to complete this program in 3 years or at the pace you prefer. Currently, Concordia offers the opportunity for you to teach social studies or English.

Option 1: Become a social studies teacher

You’ll get to connect with your students as you guide them through a variety of perspectives and social structures. The content portion of this program blends social sciences, history, and humanities in order to help you equip tomorrow’s decision-makers. You’ll get to help your students learn how people relate to one another. This includes how we interact in groups and organize our thinking. Additionally, you’ll teach your students about religion, thought, and government. When students have a strong foundation in social studies, they’re able to better understand the world around them. They can then ask themselves an important question: Where do I fit into all of this?

Option 2: Become an English teacher

Do you want to explore the language, literature, and expression of the Western canon? When you become an English teacher, you get to do this through the context of education. You’ll demonstrate your understanding of texts and idea. You’ll do this by producing analytical and creative writing on a regular basis. Your professors will inspire you to use your critical thinking skills and apply them to texts. You’ll consider texts through a Christian context and identify ways to apply the text to your life in a meaningful way. When you practice these skills, you’re preparing to teach your students to do the same.

What can I expect from this program?

  • Online program
  • Collaborative, 8-week courses
  • Begin in either July or January
  • Experienced professors
  • Practicums and student teaching experiences can occur anywhere in the U.S. (practicum does not have to be in Wisconsin)
  • Program leads to WI teaching licensure in 4-12th grade
  • Applicants may apply for life and work experience credit toward practicum coursework up to 6 credits
  • Transfer up to 84 credits

If you want to earn a license from another state…

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.

Do you want to learn more?

Teaching is an incredible way to serve your community and grow as a professional. Teaching is rarely boring, and you get to have a lasting impact on your students. If you’re interested in learning more about this program, you can connect with us here.

Looking for an accelerated degree at the elementary level?

Concordia also offers a 3-year route to a bachelor’s in elementary education. Graduates of the Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education are eligible to teach in grades K-9. Learn more here.

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