Concordia University Chicago is seeking a full-time tenure track faculty member to lead the Elementary Teacher Education Program in the College of Education. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position is directly responsible to the Dean of the College.

This position, Coordinator of Elementary Education, is a key leadership position in the College. The Coordinator is essentially responsible for supervision of the professional preparation, curriculum, and instruction of pre-service elementary teacher candidates. The Coordinator will teach courses as well as collaborate with other program Coordinators in the College. The candidate must have successfully served in Elementary Schools.


  • Works collaboratively with Colleagues both in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Enjoys interaction with School Teachers and staff in field work settings.
  • Understands and practices standards based education and is proficient with designing and working with assessments.
  • Draws upon and integrates prior experience from their teaching and relates the professional/life experience of a teacher to learning by the introduction of real-world perspectives into courses
  • Maintains an active awareness of professional trends, research, and opportunities in the field.
  • Guides student learning in the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and applications of research-based methodologies to the coursework.
  • Considers the general and special needs of the students, assists them in meeting those needs, and when necessary, seeks additional help from other college services.
  • Recommends texts, instructional materials, and other resources as needed.
  • Consults with program leaders or coordinators on matters pertaining to program issues or concerns; observes proper channels of communications.
  • Works to continuously improve the curriculum, instructional delivery, and assessment of all program requirements in accordance with requirements.
  • Manages the learning environment through keeping accurate records, submitting attendance and grades and other reports on time, and enforcing school/college academic and attendance policies.
  • Participates in faculty and professional organizations. Has an active awareness of professional trends, research, and opportunities for professional development.
  • Attends scheduled semi-annual professional development program meetings when there is no conflict with a professional responsibility.

Skill Sets:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to build successful relationships with various student populations.
  • Familiarity with Illinois Licensure Rules and school law.
  • Accomplished skills in the methods and instructional strategies of teaching diverse learners
  • Ability to meet frequently occurring deadlines.
  • Ability to develop a professional rapport with diverse student, peer, and school-site populations.
  • Ability to reflect and learn from students’ participation, demonstrating compassionate and consistent behavior in all educational matters, while maintaining high standards

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Holds a state teaching credential, certification or license, for teaching.
  • Preferably 5 or more years of successful classroom experience teaching students in a K-8 setting.
  • Preferably a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in a post-secondary or college institution with experience teaching college level courses.
  • Is conversant with the use of current media and technology for classroom teachers

Education Requirements:

  • Preferably, the ideal candidate has an earned Ph.D. or Ed. D.

Interested individuals should apply through our website at www.cuchicago.edu/employment. Please include a cover letter, resume and references.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at CUChicago.edu.