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Concordia Launches New Teacher Education Curriculum
[March 17, 2017]

Concordia Launches New Teacher Education Curriculum

Concordia University Portland, which prepares more teachers than any other university in Oregon, launches a new undergraduate teacher preparation curriculum in fall 2017, unanimously approved by the Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

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New teacher preparation curriculum rolls out in fall 2017 for Concordia University Portland undergra ...

New teacher preparation curriculum rolls out in fall 2017 for Concordia University Portland undergraduate students. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new teacher preparation curriculum allows future teachers to be immersed from "day one" into school environments, instead of waiting several terms before beginning student teaching experiences. The emphasis on clinical field experiences - early and often - helps drive classroom discussions, theory and coursework, as part of a new national education model called 3 to PhD®.

The new curriculum impacts Concordia's College of Education bachelor's degrees, including Elementary Education and Secondary Education, and is in line with Concordia's mission to prepare leaders for the transformation of society.

The curriculum compliments 3 to PhD (@3toPhDpdx) and the fall 2017 opening of Concordia's new College of Education, co-located with Faubion School adjacent to Concordia's NE Portland campus. The immersive experience allows daily collaboration between Concordia and Faubion students, faculty and staff.

The redesigned curriculum includes field experiences over all four years of the undergraduate program, closely aligned with current and relevant coursework. It features:

  • Candidate choice of STEAM or Community-Based Education focus
  • A strong emphasis on relationships between candidates, students, mentor teachers, university faculty, district, and community
  • A mentoring pipeline for clinical experiences, early career teaching support, and leadership in our programs

Each year, Concordia places more than 300 educators earning bachelors and masters degrees with clinical experiences in school districts in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Annually, Concordia University education graduates teach and inspire more than 16,000 elementary, middle and high school students.

"The collaboration with Portland Public School's Faubion School and our College of Education have inspired how we prepare teachers for the 21st Century," said Concordia University's College of Education Dean Sheryl Reinisch. "Our faculty has a wealth of classroom teaching experience and places strong value on 'learning by doing'."

Concordia University professors shared key elements of the new model at upcoming statewide and national conferences, at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) in Tampa, Florida, on March 2, and Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, on March 17. Presenters included: College of Education Dean Dr. Sheryl Reinisch, Associate Director of M.Ed. Programs Dr. Alisa Bates, Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Professor of Education Shawn Daley, Director of Undergraduate Studies Angela Vossenkuhl, Director of MAT Programs Stephanie Murphy, Associate Professor of Education Dr. Julie Owens, and Program Evaluation Chair & Associate Professor of Education Dr. Mark Robertson.

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Concordia University is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university located in northeast Portland, Ore. with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University is Oregon's fastest growing university, now serving more than 5,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Management, and Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. For more information visit and

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