Concordia University Chicago

Introduction

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WHY CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO?

Concordia University Chicago is a leader in graduate and undergraduate education. Our accredited, highly ranked, on-campus, cohort and online Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs can help you achieve your education and career goals:

  • Founded in 1864, Concordia-Chicago is celebrating its 150th anniversary of bringing higher education to the world.

  • More than 3,500 students are enrolled in our online, cohort and on-campus Master's and Doctoral programs.

  • We are the second fastest growing campus among nonprofit Master's degree-granting institutions in the U.S. for 2004–2009 (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 Almanac Edition).

  • The Higher Learning Commission granted accreditation for Concordia-Chicago to offer a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in leadership. As a result, Concordia added Ph.D. to its doctor of education (EdD) in leadership with eight specializations.

  • In 2010, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education conferred its prestigious “Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without conditions” on Concordia’s education programs.

The Educator Preparation Programs at CUC have been accredited since 1962 by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCATE) and NCATE’s successor the Council for the Accreditation Education Programs (CAEP). Both Advanced Endorsement Programs and Initial Licensure Programs have been awarded this highly sought recognition of excellence granted to select programs across the country. CAEP is the only national accrediting body for educator preparation which recognizes those programs of distinction that prepare educators against the most rigorous standards. At the graduate level, nationally recognized programs for excellence include the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with the ESL Endorsement, Reading Education, Master of Arts in Teaching at the Elementary and Secondary Level, and Educational Leadership (Principals).

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Programs

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Master of Arts (MA) in Blended and Online Teaching for pK-12 Educators

Online 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in blended and online teaching for pK-12 educators is designed exclusively to prepare to practice K-12 educators for instruction in blended and online environments. [+]

Overview

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in blended and online teaching for pK-12 educators is designed exclusively to prepare to practice K-12 educators for instruction in blended and online environments.

It aligns with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning's national quality standards for teaching online (2011) and the International Society for Technology in Teaching’s standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge educators need to teach, work, and learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society (2008).

Learning/Program Objectives Be able to articulate the pedagogical underpinnings of online education and develop instructional strategies appropriate to the online student. Think creatively and critically about ways in which online education can serve to meet the learning needs of students. Master a variety of technology skills using current information, communication, and learning technologies. Develop instructional and assessment strategies using research-based data-driven decision making to inform instruction. Envision emerging technology trends and their application in teaching and learning. Career and Industry Outlook ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest + 2 more

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction provides graduate candidates with an innovative, world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced education leaders and scholars, who assist candidates throughout a rigorous degree track by stressing the importance of integrity, competence and servant leadership. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction provides graduate candidates with an innovative, world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced education leaders and scholars, who assist candidates throughout a rigorous degree track by stressing the importance of integrity, competence and servant leadership.

Faculty methods utilize the latest technology and engage students through real-world applications using multiple instructional models. We establish a critical theoretical and practical approach for well-rounded learning environments which prepare candidates for success in the field of education today and tomorrow for education leaders.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL Endorsement

Online Campus 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 1 more

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. It cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy. [+]

Overview

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in curriculum and instruction with ESL endorsement develops teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts and in the broader global community.

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. It cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.

Graduates are equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Differentiated Instruction

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students. [+]

The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students. Candidates will:

Think critically, creatively, and analytically in ways that promote meaningful teaching and learning experiences. Be able to articulate learning theory, assess student needs and develop curriculum and instructional strategies to meet those needs. Master a variety of cognitive and learning theories, differentiation in the content areas, instructional technology across the curriculum, various instructional approaches and the importance of managing the differentiated learning environment using research-based instructional strategies and data-driven decision making. Special Education and ELL/ESL Endorsement ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Education

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education has achieved National Recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), thereby meeting standards as one of the top graduate degree programs in the country. The MA in ECE program prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles in early childhood education and is relevant for early childhood teachers, administrators, public policy and advocacy specialists, and scholars. This program is designed to provide candidates with a strong background in child and language development, family and community relationships, assessment, research, theory and practice, of birth through age eight programs within a variety of educational settings: public and private centers and schools, adult and community-based educational settings, and other for- and non-profit organizations. [+]

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education has achieved National Recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), thereby meeting standards as one of the top graduate degree programs in the country. The MA in ECE program prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles in early childhood education and is relevant for early childhood teachers, administrators, public policy and advocacy specialists, and scholars. This program is designed to provide candidates with a strong background in child and language development, family and community relationships, assessment, research, theory and practice, of birth through age eight programs within a variety of educational settings: public and private centers and schools, adult and community-based educational settings, and other for- and non-profit organizations.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Special Education

Online Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 2 more

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher.

Learning Objectives Build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of early childhood special education Examine issues relevant to the early intervention, least restrictive environment, appropriate educational settings, language development, and special education law and policy. Develop and utilize appropriate assessments and teaching strategies for young children with disabilities. Collaborate with all stakeholders, including parents, community, family members, and other institutions to support young children with disabilities. Conduct research to answer questions related to early childhood special education practices and successfully meet the needs of all learners. Program Requirements Early Childhood Certificate/Endorsement or LBS 1 Endorsement Hold a professional educator license Completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Curriculum ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education, LBS1

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The master of arts degree in special education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL). [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL).... [-]


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Master of Arts (MA) in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The MA in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction program prepares face-to-face teachers in public and private schools to integrate technology into the curriculum, instruction, assessment, and foundations of education. The program is constructed for teachers who teach in a traditional face-to-face classroom and/or a 1:1 environment, and desire to develop theoretical and practical understandings of educational technologies within curricular, instructional, and assessment frameworks. In addition, coursework addresses differentiating instruction using technology, the use of adaptive/assistive tech for all students (with emphasis on students with special needs), building learning communities, using social media effectively, and researching applied learning to their own classrooms. The program is aligned to ISTE-Teaching standards and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. [+]

The MA in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction program prepares face-to-face teachers in public and private schools to integrate technology into the curriculum, instruction, assessment, and foundations of education. The program is constructed for teachers who teach in a traditional face-to-face classroom and/or a 1:1 environment, and desire to develop theoretical and practical understandings of educational technologies within curricular, instructional, and assessment frameworks. In addition, coursework addresses differentiating instruction using technology, the use of adaptive/assistive tech for all students (with emphasis on students with special needs), building learning communities, using social media effectively, and researching applied learning to their own classrooms. The program is aligned to ISTE-Teaching standards and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Education Technology: Leadership

Online Campus 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest

The MA, Education Technology: Leadership program is for licensed teachers desiring a career path towards being a technology specialist, technology director or technology coach. [+]

Overview

The MA, Education Technology: Leadership program is for licensed teachers desiring a career path towards being a technology specialist, technology director or technology coach. The program prepares teacher-leaders with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs at a departmental, school, or district level. As learners develop skills that are aligned with the national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-C, 2012), they develop and assess the impact of technology-based learning experiences. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology enables each student to qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the State of Illinois by entitlement upon successful completion of the program.... [-]


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Master of Arts (MA) in Illinois Principal Preparation

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest Chicago

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current graduate education that enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools. [+]

Overview

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current graduate education that enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools.

Our department advocates for our graduate degree candidates and all students in the public and nonpublic schools. We are reflective professionals who provide quality, relevant and current education for our graduate candidates in leadership. We prepare our candidates to be teacher and administrator leaders guiding the public and nonpublic schools in the service of students so that they may become effective citizens in society.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Music

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The master of arts in music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. [+]

Overview

The Department of Music at Concordia University Chicago recognizes music as a gift of God and means through which all people can participate more fully in the world around them. The department provides all Concordia students a variety of opportunities to study and perform music, enabling their lifelong growth and involvement in the arts, while enriching the larger community. At the graduate level, the goal of the department of music is to provide a broad-based musical education with an emphasis on church music and/or general music studies.

Program Objectives

The master of arts in music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. Students in the master of arts program at Concordia can improve musical skills, enhance their musical education, and earn an advanced degree that may lead to career advancement or further musical study. While the program has some flexibility to allow students to focus on specific areas of interest, it is not a performance degree or a degree in a specific area of music.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA River Forest

The Concordia University Chicago advanced degree in psychology is widely respected for its ability to prepare graduates with the qualifications essential to pursuing a career in academic research and instruction of psychology. Students will find this curriculum’s rigorous combination of timely theory and hands-on research experience an ideal foundation for the pursuit of careers in education, research, and mental health across both academic and institutional sectors. [+]

The Concordia University Chicago advanced degree in psychology is widely respected for its ability to prepare graduates with the qualifications essential to pursuing a career in academic research and instruction of psychology. Students will find this curriculum’s rigorous combination of timely theory and hands-on research experience an ideal foundation for the pursuit of careers in education, research, and mental health across both academic and institutional sectors.

This program will enable students to:

Acquire knowledge about the theoretical and practical aspects of the science of psychology Demonstrate an understanding of the many contributions of psychology to human existence. Develop competence in research Prepare for more advanced study in the science of psychology. Curriculum ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Reading Specialist K-12

Online Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 2 more

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach. Upon successful completion of the required courses and the Illinois 176 Reading Specialist Test, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or secondary school settings. [+]

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach. Upon successful completion of the required courses and the Illinois 176 Reading Specialist Test, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist credential, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or secondary school settings.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in School Counseling

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The aim of the School Counseling program at Concordia University Chicago is to prepare school counselors who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice. [+]

Overview

The aim of the School Counseling program at Concordia University Chicago is to prepare school counselors who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice. Graduate students receive a high-quality educational program that emphasizes Christian beliefs. The program also recognizes, values and encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidate’s career as a school counselor. The School Counseling program is carefully designed to prepare candidates for work as school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Specifically, the School Counseling program offers training in providing individual and group work as well as development and refinement of individual skills in both public and private schools. The program of study meets certification requirements of the State of Illinois. Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Professional Educator’s License: School Service Personnel Certificate K-12 (formerly Type 73) certification.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Teacher Leadership

Online Campus Full time 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 2 more

The master of arts in teacher leader program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. This degree is designed for active teachers who are not interested in becoming a principal. Rather, graduate candidates aim for leadership roles in a variety of capacities, such as department chairs, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, mentor teachers and community liaisons, in addition to other leadership positions. [+]

The master of arts in teacher leader program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. This degree is designed for active teachers who are not interested in becoming a principal. Rather, graduate candidates aim for leadership roles in a variety of capacities, such as department chairs, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, mentor teachers and community liaisons, in addition to other leadership positions.

Program Objectives and Competencies

Concordia-Chicago’s master of arts in teacher leader will enable graduate candidates to:... [-]


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Elementary Education

Campus 30 months August 2018 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an Elementary endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 1 through 6. Concordia’s program emphasizes the following:

development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery, and assessment respect and support for diversity in educational settings how to ethically lead learning the role of standards within the profession the commitment to continuous improvement the importance of reflective practice development of collaborative relationships to serve the learning of every student ... [-]

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Secondary Education

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Secondary Education Endorsement and a content area endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 9 through 12. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Secondary Education Endorsement and a content area endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 9 through 12. Concordia’s program emphasizes the following:

development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery, and assessment respect and support for diversity in educational settings how to ethically lead learning the role of standards within the profession the commitment to continuous improvement the importance of reflective practice development of collaborative relationships to serve the learning of every student Admission and Program Requirements ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Urban Schooling

Online 20 months August 2018 USA River Forest

This program prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school, and broader educational arena. [+]

Overview

This program prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school and broader educational arena, Developed for the engaged, passionate educator committed to a transformational vision of schooling, this degree equips you with the knowledge base, skill sets and critical perspectives needed for successful practice and advocacy in a variety of educational settings.

In a political and policy climate that encourages and praises direct instruction methods, skills-based learning and accountability through testing, this program is situated within democratic theories of education and is designed to provide you with the tools to engage in meaningful and creative conversations about the short-term and long-term consequences of today’s climate.... [-]


Master of Education (MED) in Teaching and Learning

Online Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 3 more

The master of education in teaching and learning at Concordia University Chicago is designed for current educators who desire to deepen their understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment theory through a practitioner’s lens. This program provides innovative teaching strategies with respect to technology in the classroom, diverse student populations, disciplinary literacy, and an increasingly complex assessment environment that responsibly melds national standards and assessment. [+]

The master of education in teaching and learning at Concordia University Chicago is designed for current educators who desire to deepen their understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment theory through a practitioner’s lens. This program provides innovative teaching strategies with respect to technology in the classroom, diverse student populations, disciplinary literacy, and an increasingly complex assessment environment that responsibly melds national standards and assessment.

Learning Objectives

Candidates will:

Integrate foundational theories with a sophisticated lesson and curriculum design, exemplary instruction and responsible assessment. Develop an understanding of how to respond to the needs of all learners using differentiation, effective instruction and assessment. Apply an understanding of diversity in learning to classroom instructional practices. Recognize the critical role technology plays in teaching and learning. Curriculum ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Christian Education

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The master of arts in Christian education at Concordia University Chicago prepares men and women who desire to serve in congregational settings as a parish educator or an educator trained to lead Christian education programs for children, youth and adults. [+]

Overview

The master of arts in Christian education at Concordia University Chicago prepares men and women who desire to serve in congregational settings as a parish educator or an educator trained to lead Christian education programs for children, youth and adults.

Candidates are trained to be Christian educators who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice. Graduate students receive a high-quality educational program that focuses on skills, dispositions, and Biblical and theological knowledge to be successful in serving congregations in the role as an educator. The program offers two tracks:

Track 1: For students seeking additional training as Christian educators beyond the bachelor of arts in Christian education. Most typically these students will be already rostered as DCEs in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Track 2: For those seeking certification as Directors of Christian Education in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod as rostered commissioned ministers of the Church. Track 2 combines the master’s degree curriculum and the LCMS-DCE certification requirements. Learning Objectives Enrich the student’s theological foundations. Hone and refine the student’s educational philosophy. Improve the student’s skills in areas of ministry in which the student would like to focus. ... [-]

Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Online 6 semesters August 2018 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology

Online 20 months August 2018 USA River Forest

Concordia-Chicago’s online MS in Instructional Design and Technology is ranked ninth in the U.S. by OnlineColleges.net. Concordia-Chicago is the only university in Illinois and one of the few in the Midwest to receive an OnlineColleges.net ranking in this area of study. [+]

A top-ranked online program

Concordia-Chicago’s online MS in Instructional Design and Technology is ranked ninth in the U.S. by OnlineColleges.net. Concordia-Chicago is the only university in Illinois and one of the few in the Midwest to receive an OnlineColleges.net ranking in this area of study.

Harness technology as a powerful teaching and training tool

The Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology is for individuals seeking

to design instruction and instructional technologies in real-world contexts to enable and support learning through creativity and innovation by designing learning environments and technologies Career and salary: trends and outlook ... [-]

Master of Church Music

Campus August 2018 USA River Forest

The master of church music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of curricular studies and applied music in organ or voice-oriented to the practical and professional requirements of the church musician. [+]

Overview

The Department of Music at Concordia University recognizes music as a gift of God and means through which all people can participate more fully in the world around them. The department provides all Concordia students a variety of opportunities to study and perform music, enabling their lifelong growth and involvement in the arts, while enriching the larger community. At the graduate level, the goal of the department of music is to provide a broad-based musical education with an emphasis on church music and/or general music studies.

Program Objectives

The master of church music degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in music to continue their musical education by implementing an integration of curricular studies and applied music in organ or voice-oriented to the practical and professional requirements of the church musician. It is intended for persons desiring to lead church music in the local parish and in the larger church.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in ESL with Optional TESOL Graduate Certificate

Online Campus August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest

Concordia University Chicago offers an MA in ESL designed for certified educators who wish to pursue an online program with a robust concentration in teaching and learning ESL/ESOL to become an accomplished ESL/ESOL teacher. This program leads to Illinois licensure in ESL. [+]

Concordia University Chicago offers an MA in ESL designed for certified educators who wish to pursue an online program with a robust concentration in teaching and learning ESL/ESOL to become an accomplished ESL/ESOL teacher. This program leads to Illinois licensure in ESL.

Candidates may also earn a graduate certificate in TESOL from Concordia-Chicago by taking five additional courses to receive skills and knowledge in teaching adult language learners in a variety of contexts and settings.

This program with the certificate option provides candidates with research-proven theory and instructional practice in meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse student populations from a variety of backgrounds at varying levels, ages, and competencies in the first language.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education Leadership

Online Campus 24 months August 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 1 more

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader. [+]

Overview

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader.

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in the administrative work involved in leading special education programs. This degree is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in the practice of leadership in the field of special education.

This program will enable candidates to:

Apply an understanding of the financial and legal implications of special education programs in making critical decisions impacting students. Develop and implement a professional development plan that promotes growth in personnel. Understand the role of each stakeholder and their contribution to the special education program. Be knowledgeable about and support the use of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs. Conduct research to answer questions related to special education practices and successfully and systemically meet the needs of exceptional learners. Program Requirements Application to and acceptance into Special Education Leadership program Experience providing special education service (as a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a school social worker, or school psychologist) Successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Areas of Study - 30 hours Special Education Law & Policy* Special Education Finance* Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and... [-]

Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Chicago River Forest + 1 more

The Master of Science in Computer Science graduate program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the nation’s professional workforce in computer science. The program will help provide advanced quality graduate studies, in the areas of critical importance and great demands (such as Software Engineering, Database, Website Development, Computer Networking, Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Mobile Application Development), to the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world. [+]

The Master of Science in Computer Science graduate program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the nation’s professional workforce in computer science. The program will help provide advanced quality graduate studies, in the areas of critical importance and great demands (such as Software Engineering, Database, Website Development, Computer Networking, Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Mobile Application Development), to the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world.

Program Objectives

The program will enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design, implementation and evaluation of software systems, processes, components, or programs of varying complexity in a way that meets the desired needs and demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continued professional development An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice Typical career paths for graduates ... [-]