K-12 Education

iStock 000033753936CUAA’s K-12 certification programs in Special Education (Learning Disabilities), Visual Arts Education and Music Education qualify you to teach as a specialist in kindergarten through grade twelve. Once you complete all coursework and pass the associated Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), you’ll become certified by the State of Michigan to teach grades K-12 in Special Education (Learning Disabilities), visual art or music.

The CUAA Advantage

A degree in K-12 Education from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:

  • Field experiences in both elementary and secondary schools
  • A strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting
  • Preparation for entry-level K-12 teaching positions in the church and community
  • A curriculum that complies with the standards and requirements of the Michigan State Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the professional organizations that govern the content area specialties
  • Small class sizes and individual attention from professors who know you by name
  • Ethical values that strengthen leadership skills

Degree Details

Years to complete: 4-5 years

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA K-12 Education graduate, you’ll step into the classroom with the knowledge needed to:

  • Provide teaching that inspires students to learn
  • Evaluate and respond to different classroom, school and community cultures
  • Differentiate instruction and assess student progress
  • Recognize and employ best practices of instruction
  • Integrate faith and learning
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals in the learning community
  • Utilize technology to support teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Build caring, supportive relationships with students, families and colleagues

Career Paths

  • Middle school teacher – private and public
  • Secondary school teacher – private and public
  • K-12 Special Education (Learning Disabilities)
  • K-12 Visual Art
  • K-12 Music


The Special Education, Visual Art and Music programs include prerequisite core courses, specialized courses in elementary and secondary curriculum and instruction, and internships at both the elementary and secondary school level. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.


K-12 Education candidates must pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for all certificate areas that will be included on the license. In order to be eligible for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Education, the candidate must pass the K-12 Special Education (Learning Disabilities), visual art or music MTTC test.

Advanced Degrees

CUAA offers the following master’s programs: * Masters of Science Educational Leadership * Masters of Science Curriculum and Instruction * Master of Science Special Education Learning Disabilities * Endorsement in Special Education Learning Disabilities


Concordia University is accredited by:

  • The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Higher Learning Commission

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Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Lab Science
  • Foreign Language
  • ACT Plus Writing

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