Concordia University Irvine
Thrive in today’s world & shape tomorrow’s
Preparing professional educators has always been at the core of Concordia University Irvine’s School of Education. We provide a pathway for people who want to experience growth and ignite curiosity. Here, you'll thrive in today’s world—and shape tomorrow’s.
Instill a love for learning in every student
CUI’s School of Education spans from an undergraduate Liberal Studies major to an EdD in Leadership. To be a master educator, you must first be a master learner. For this reason, it is our mission to empower students for a life of teaching, learning, and service to the community. A life of learning not only begins here, but continues throughout your career, as we strive to provide ongoing professional development for our alumni and network of educators.
A rewarding career
Teaching can be an incredibly rewarding career where you have the opportunity to develop a child’s ability to think and wonder. Concordia’s Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program will prepare you to teach elementary school children by giving you a broad foundation in a variety of subject areas. Students interested in teaching secondary education or high school can choose the subject matter they are interested in teaching from nine majors at CUI. Our Lutheran Teaching Program is also an option for those looking to teach in Lutheran schools at either the elementary or secondary level.
Ranked among the "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked among the "Top Performers on Social Mobility" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked by value among "The Best Colleges in America" | Money magazine, 2022
Recognized as a 2022–2023 College of Distinction for engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes
Proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant, offering unlimited scholarships to veterans and their family members who qualify
Undergraduate professional programs
• Elementary Education/Multiple Subject Credential
• Secondary Education/Single Subject Credential
• Special Education–Education Specialist: Mild-Moderate Credential
Post-baccalaureate professional programs
• Teacher Credential Program
• Multiple Subject
• Single Subject
• Special Education
“All of the teachers and staff members have been excellent mentors to me and have encouraged me as I begin my career. I have enjoyed watching and learning from these master teachers.”
”I stood next to the globe between Grimm Hall North and South, and as I looked out on the campus, I felt connected and happy there. CUI was where I wanted to be.”