Online Certificate Programs (ECE + Trauma)


Program Description

Gain knowledge and skills that go beyond the ordinary — earn a certificate from Concordia

Earning a graduate-level certificate from Concordia University-Portland will set you apart — and put you ahead. Concordia offers a range of certificate programs designed for working professionals interested in deepening their understanding of a specific subject area, teaching discipline, or set of competencies.

  • 100% Online - No In-person Courses or Field Work Required
  • 113-Year Reputation - Concordia University-Portland College of Education
  • Eight Months - Complete One Course at a Time

What will I learn?

Our non-licensure/non-endorsement certificate programs provide in-depth expertise and build theoretical and practical knowledge that can be immediately applied in your classroom, school, or program. All courses are offered completely online, do not include a practicum, and can be completed in less than eight months.

Taught by experienced practitioners who stay current on the needs of today’s classrooms, schools, and communities, Concordia’s certificate programs will connect you, either on-campus or online, with peers equally committed to the success of their students — and their own success.

Our Online Certificate Programs

Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Leadership

The early years of a child’s life shape his or her entire future. As a professional working in early childhood education, your specialized skills play a critical role in supporting children’s social and emotional development. If you’re passionate about teaching young children (birth through age eight), this certificate program is ideal for enriching your own education.

Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings

The Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings certificate supports those looking to enhance their understanding and use of trauma-informed approaches and resilience-building practices for students, schools, and themselves. Through our program, you’ll learn mindfulness and conflict resolution practices that support educators and students alike with strategies for self-care and resilience. Practical application of teacher well-being strategies as well as restorative justice practices to promote peace and justice in schools will be explored.

Why Concordia?

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

Scholarship Availability

We offer up to $1,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify for free textbooks.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university with posted bachelor’s or master’s degree. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.
  • Work History Form or résumé showing work experience.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Statement of Intent, 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process. Please respond to the following prompts individually, and number each response:
    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study at Concordia (approx. 75-100 words).
    • Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approx. 200–250 words).
    • Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge in the professional field to which your degree aligns (e.g. PreK-12 education, higher education, corporate training). Provide an example. What action should educators or professionals take to address this challenge? (approx. 200–250 words).
    • For candidates who earned under a 2.80 GPA, please explain what led to the low GPA and how you will succeed in an academically challenging graduate program today.
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We o ... Read More

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We offer education degree programs at every level – many of which can be earned online – from a Bachelor in Education to master and doctorate degree programs. Read less