Concord University has a proud tradition of preparing outstanding teachers since it was founded as a Normal School in 1872. The preparation of teachers continues to play a significant role at Concord University, as approximately twenty-five percent of the students who graduate each year earn degrees in education. This history of commitment to teacher education, combined with a current mission statement that emphasizes high quality instruction creates a context of high expectations for the Teacher Education Program at Concord University. Today, Concord’s Teacher Education Program includes initial licensure programs at the undergraduate and master’s level, as well as advanced degree programs.
The Department of Education prepares teachers in Elementary Education (grades K-6), Special Education Multi-Categorical (excluding Autism) (grades K-Adult) and Secondary Education content specializations (grades 5-adult and PreK-Adult). Our education coursework includes multiple opportunities for candidates to participate in clinical experiences by working directly with PreK-Adult teachers and their students. This typically begins early in the sophomore year, and culminates in a Year Long Residency experience.