Master of Education


Program Description

Everyone has that one special teacher who changed their life. You be that teacher for your students. We’ll be that teacher for you.

There’s a reason you began teaching. To shape futures. To encourage dreams. To guide students. Whatever your motivation, you’re here to nurture it—and that happens to be what we do best.

Concordia University-Portland has been educating educators for more than 110 years and recognizes how important teachers are to students, their families, and society as a whole. The future of our world sits in your classroom every day—that’s a big responsibility. It’s no wonder you want to earn your master's degree in education. Our responsibility? To provide you with a program that fits your schedule, your career, and your heart.

Program Overview

Concordia University-Portland’s MEd programs are designed specifically for in-service educators. All of our MEd faculty have a background in education, so you’ll learn from administrators and teachers who draw on the latest research, leading-edge theory, and their in-the-trenches experience to help you get the most out of your degree program. Courses are updated every 12-18 months to ensure the curriculum is timely and relevant.

You’ll interact closely with your peers and professors either on our welcoming campus in Portland, Oregon, or through Blackboard, our intuitive and easy-to-use online platform. Keeping cohort sizes small at Concordia University-Portland has a big payoff: peers are supportive, professors are accessible, and it’s easy to foster lifelong friendships and mentorships.

Recognized by teachers nationwide for having the perfect balance of time-to-degree efficiency, academic rigor, and comprehensive student support, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education also values and promotes innovation.

A one-year MEd program—designed for educators just like you.

  • We offer a course schedule that’s perfect for working educators—take just one class at a time.
  • Keep up with industry trends—our curriculum is constantly being updated to reflect emerging research.
  • Our 113-year history has made us one of the most respected learning communities in education today.
  • Our student services team is invested in your success—our online students are supported from day one.

Course Highlights

No matter which of Concordia University-Portland’s programs you choose – upon completion you’ll meet and demonstrate the general program objectives including:

  • An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers in the classroom, the school, the district, and the profession;
  • Skills in developing, implementing, and assisting curricular and instructional plans that integrate disciplines, apply current educational research findings, encourage parental involvement, consider students' current developmental levels, and exhibit sensitivity to individual student differences and cultural backgrounds;
  • Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes;
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching, learning, and administering;
  • Values, ethics, beliefs, and attitudes that achieve the educational goals of the state, district, and local school communities.

Programs offered

MEd in Administration (on-campus only)

MEd in Career and Technical Education

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (15 Concentrations)

  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Educational Technology Leadership
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Environmental Education
  • Health & PE (on-campus only)
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Methods and Curriculum
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
  • Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings
  • MEd in Educational Leadership

Professional Opportunities

Join a growing network of alumni in active support, mutual encouragement and shared knowledge. Start class with 10,000 immediate connections (our #TenThousandStrong alumni network is a growing force in education) allowing you to learn from other teachers, principals, and education professionals. Our curriculum helps you stay ahead of the industry and uses an iterative process that ensures you’re getting the most value out of your graduate education.

Many teachers leverage what they learn in their MEd program in their current profession—enhancing their teaching or, say, becoming a department head. There are also a lot of potential careers available to MEd degree holders outside of the classroom. A few examples:

  • Reading or literacy coach
  • Higher education instructor in the teaching of reading
  • Adolescent literacy consultant
  • Adolescent literacy program advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Reading tutor specializing in adolescent literacy
  • Director of curriculum & instruction (K-12)
  • Professional development leader (K-12)
  • Division or department chair (K-12)

Why Concordia University-Portland?

As innovators in the field of learning, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education has been empowering teachers for over a century and continues to influence education from prenatal to the doctoral level. In fact, our College of Education is housed in the flagship school of our new educational model, known as 3toPhD®. The same bold minds behind this innovative prototype are also those shaping our ongoing educational research, and our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia University-Portland’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

We’re growing our community of professional educators to advance learning at every stage—join us.

Scholarship Availability

If you believe our MEd program is right for you, nothing should stand in your way.

Education is an investment worth making, which is why we're happy to help you find the right funding opportunities for you. Contact us about the program you're interested in, and we'll review scholarship opportunities and share information about financing and other programs – based on your individual circumstances.

We offer up to $3,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify* for free textbooks.

Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Concordia University-Portland’s MEd and EdD programs. Talk with your enrollment specialist for full details.

  • Completed online application and work history form.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from each degree-granting institution attended.
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher (conditional acceptance option is available for a GPA below 2.8).
  • Statement of Intent (500-750 words) to introduce yourself, your professional goals, why you are interested in the program at Concordia, and what you feel is the greatest challenge affecting educational settings.
  • Individual programs may have supplemental requirements, such as a character questionnaire form for OR and WA residents (ask us for specifics).
Last updated August 2019

About the School

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