Program plans for single and double majors are provided to show how majors may be completed in four or five years. Following the program plan will ensure that the appropriate general education electives are taken.
The generic program plan below reflects a typical four-year degree plan for a pre-seminary student. At time of application students choose a non-Biblical language option. The academic dean places enrolling pre-seminary students into classical or koine Greek. Actual scheduling may vary depending on availability of courses and student’s preferences.
Early Childhood Education – prepares students to teach children from birth to age eight
Elementary Education – prepares students to teach in an elementary school
Students may choose to complete a licensed minor along with their elementary education major. Licensed minors may lead to a Minnesota licensure endorsement in addition to the K-6 elementary education license. Completion of a licensed minor together with successful licensure examinations and student teaching at the seventh or eighth grade level qualifies graduates to add a 5-8 grade endorsement to the K-6 elementary education license. The Spanish minor qualifies for a K-8 endorsement. The educational technology minor qualifies for a K-12 endorsement.
Unlike the licensed minors, academic minors are not eligible for Minnesota licensure. However, they do build valuable knowledge and useful skills for ministry.
Middle and Secondary Education Majors
Middle and secondary education major graduates are eligible for Minnesota licensure and for assignment to secondary schools of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in their chosen subject area. Students are strongly encouraged to double major by adding the elementary education major since these graduates are broaden their eligibility for assignment in K-12 WELS schools.
Students adding an early childhood, elementary, or secondary second major to their chosen education major broaden their eligibility for assignment in a WELS school and are qualified for Minnesota licensure in both majors. It is prudent to investigate Minnesota licensure and WELS assignment possibilities when choosing double majors. Generally, double majors may be completed in five years.
The parish music major prepares students to serve as music directors in parishes of the Wisconsin Synod. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree. This major does not meet Minnesota licensure requirements and graduates are not eligible for assignment to WELS schools.
Parish Music and Education Double Major
This double major provides graduates the flexibility of serving in a congregation or a WELS school. Graduates qualify for Minnesota licensure in their education field. A program plan for the parish music and elementary education double major is offered below. Other education majors may also be considered.
The Staff Ministry Program prepares students to become staff ministers (e.g., Minister of Family and Youth, Minister of Discipleship, Minister of Christian Education, etc.) for the congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. This program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in practical theology and provides students with a broad background in general education as well as professional courses and practical experiences designed to equip candidates with the competencies necessary to serve as staff ministers.
Staff Ministry and Parish Music Double Major
This double major qualifies graduates to serve as staff ministers and musicians in congregations of the Wisconsin Synod. Neither of these majors qualify candidates for Minnesota licensure.
Staff Ministry and Elementary Education Double Major
This double major provides graduates the flexibility of serving in a congregation or a WELS school. Graduates qualify for a Minnesota licensure in their teaching field. A program plan for the parish music and elementary education double major is offered below. Other education majors may also be considered.