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.

You believe in the power and reach of education. And we believe in the power of you. We know you have what it takes to make a difference, and we want to help you get there. That’s why our undergraduate and graduate education degrees blend academic rigor, student support, and flexible program options so you can pursue or advance your career as an educator. We’re here to make sure nothing stands in the way of your dream to guide and inspire the next generation of learners.


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’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.


Our History

Founded by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University-Portland opened its doors in 1905 as a four-year academy for pastors and teachers. In 1977, Concordia became a four-year college, and 18 years later, Concordia College became Concordia University-Portland, a member of the Concordia University System—a network of 9 nonprofit, private universities.

Today, Concordia University-Portland offers a solid liberal arts education with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, business, nursing, healthcare, social sciences, religion, math, and science, as well as a Juris Doctor degree at our School of Law in Boise, Idaho.


Our Mission

Our mission as a Christian University–Portland is to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. We are committed to providing a challenging, supportive, and faith-based learning environment where spirited intellectual inquiry strengthens our dedication to justice, compassion, and moral integrity.

Rich in diversity, where students of any faith are welcome, Concordia University–Portland integrates the following principles of a Lutheran education into every course:

  • Learning to question
  • Embracing science and leveraging technology for good
  • Discovering the gifts God has given you and sharing them in service to others
  • A rigorous education for all

Drawing on over a century of experience, Concordia University–Portland is serving the needs of our education students, our community, and the world around us.


Accreditation

All of our education degree programs, whether on-campus or online, are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Accreditation through NWCCU means that Concordia University-Portland meets the commission's established standards of educational quality and effectiveness.

In addition, our Oregon and Washington endorsement teacher education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

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Doctor of Education

Concordia University Portland

Leadership requires training. Earn an EdD engineered to empower change. Our innovative, three-phase program can be completed in just three years. ... [+]

Leadership requires training. Earn an EdD engineered to empower change. Our innovative, three-phase program can be completed in just three years.

When true leaders aren’t satisfied with the status quo, they step up. They take charge. But at the same time, they exude stability under pressure, a collaborative spirit, and inclusion—those are the change-maker qualities we instill in our Doctorate of Education candidates here at Concordia University-Portland. Are you compelled to enhance your leadership capabilities so you can make immediate and long-term impacts in your workplace? Do you agree that even the smallest positive change in the education sphere can have a ripple effect on the world at large? If so, you’ll find immense value in our innovative program.... [-]

USA Portland
September 2019
Part-time
3 years
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Concordia University Portland

Design a Doctorate of Education that suits you. Our innovative, three-phase program can be completed in just three years. Offered 100 percent online, our EdD in Professio ... [+]

Design a Doctorate of Education that suits you. Our innovative, three-phase program can be completed in just three years.

You may truly enjoy your current role in education, government, or another sector, but perhaps you’re interested in the mastering of a variety of subjects so you can successfully analyze and address the complex challenges facing your organization. Or perhaps you have ideas for a career move—department chair, supervisor, transition into administration—and you’re looking for a taste of each. In Concordia University-Portland’s innovative Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation (PROLIT) EdD concentration, you can design a customized program of study that enhances your abilities and meets you where you are.... [-]

USA Portland
September 2019
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3 years
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Master

Concordia University Portland

Everyone has that one special teacher who changed their life. You be that teacher for your students. We’ll be that teacher for you. Concordia University-Portland has been ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Portland
September 2019
Part-time
1 year
Online
Concordia University Portland

Change the course of a student’s life: Help students affected by trauma thrive with an MEd from Concordia. Trauma isn’t diagnosed by a single, clearly defined symptom. An ... [+]

Change the course of a student’s life: Help students affected by trauma thrive with an MEd from Concordia.

Trauma isn’t diagnosed by a single, clearly defined symptom. And it can come from any type of event—divorce, a medical procedure, and bullying are only a few examples. Chances are you have at least one student—if not more—affected by trauma. The good news is, you can help. Our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings was designed for compassionate educators like you. In one year, you can bring life-changing knowledge to your classroom and school, while learning the importance of self-care through it all.

Program Overview

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USA Portland
September 2019
Part-time
1 year
Online