Concordia University-Portland Online Education Programs

Become the transformative leader of your career and your life with the advantages you gain when you earn your Master of Education or Doctorate of Education fully online through Concordia University-Portland.

As an accredited, faith-based university, our mission for more than 100 years has been to provide Concordia Portland students with a quality education based on leading-edge academic theory, practical skills, and proven techniques. All of our graduate online degree programs feature rigorous, focused courses designed to give you the professional knowledge to help advance your education as you advance your career.

You’ll be led by experienced faculty, who are grounded in real-world cases, and are dedicated to your success inside and outside the classroom. Take what you learn in class and apply it to your job the next day. Complete online assignments when and where it’s most convenient. Take the next step with Concordia University-Portland and transform your future:

Master of Education (MEd) Online Degree Programs

  • Choose from three MEd degrees and 18 concentrations and gain the skills, knowledge, and training to lead the next generation of learners.

Doctorate of Education (EdD) Online Degree Programs

  • Choose from five EdD specializations designed to help you become a transformational education leader focused on helping others in our increasingly complex, diverse, and fast-changing society.

The Value of an Advanced Degree

During some point in their careers, many working adults analyze whether the commitment needed to earn an advanced degree balances out the professional and personal advantages they can gain by earning an MEd or EdD

These advantages, including specialized knowledge, increased professional networking, and other resources and skills gained as part of the learning experience, can be powerful incentives. Each candidate ultimately will need to decide for him or herself. We can, however, provide guidance. Specifically, there is data to show the benefits of a master’s degree for teachers, both in terms of compensation and classroom performance.

The following statistics are based around our MEd and EdD programs. We’ve been offering MEd degrees online for several years and now have thousands of Master of Education online graduates. The above statistics address national trends in the education sector. And many other colleges and universities also offer advanced online degree programs.

Mastering Education

In terms of the education sector nationally, we can show teachers with MEd and EdD degrees earn more than their counterparts who don’t hold advanced degrees:

  • Both public and private school teachers with master’s degrees earn more money, with public school teachers holding master’s degrees averaging a 23.9% salary increase and private school teachers holding master’s degrees averaging a 28.4% salary increase compared to their counterparts who hold only undergraduate degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics [NCEA Table 87, prepared May 2013].
  • Public and private school teachers with doctoral degrees likewise report earning more money, with public school teachers holding an EdD or equivalent averaging a 33.8% salary increase and similarly qualified private school teachers averaging a 64.5% increase compared to counterparts who hold only bachelor’s degrees [NCEA Table 87, prepared May 2013].
  • An advanced degree can also help teachers boost student performance, which is an increasingly important element in terms of salary increases or other pay boosts: Since 2005, students in grades 4 and 8 led by teachers with a master’s education scored higher on standardized math and reading assessments than did students whose teachers held only bachelor’s degrees, according to the latest report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the largest nationally representative assessment of students. [Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 Math and Reading Assessments.]

Why Choose Concordia University-Portland Online?

Hear what proud graduates have to say about our online programs. They offer insight into why they pursued their advanced degree; how they enjoyed Concordia Portland’s online instruction, faculty, and staff; as well as tips and advice for prospective students. Learn more.

As a pioneer in the online advanced degree experience for working adults, we’re distinguished by our significant commitment to academic excellence and personalized student support.

In fact, our MEd online alumni and current online students tell us they are highly satisfied with Concordia University-Portland’s online education programs for the following reasons:

  • We offer a supportive, highly responsive academic program and support environment: 95% of online MEd and EdD students surveyed* say their instructors respond to emails, discussion board posts, and grade assignment queries on a timely basis.
  • The academic quality, national ranking, and high graduation rate of Concordia University-Portland’s online programs speak to a rigorous, recognized degree experience: 96% of Concordia Portland online MEd graduates surveyed* say they are satisfied with their overall program experience.
  • The graduate degrees our students earn online offer the knowledge and skills to help advance their careers, be better teachers, and effectively lead other educators: Ninety percent (90%) of Concordia Portland MEd graduates surveyed* report positive career benefits as a result of earning their degree. These career benefits include but aren’t limited to pay increases, promotions or new jobs, increased job security, job-title changes, and supervisor and/or peer recognition.
  • Our students tell us Concordia University-Portland’s online graduate program tuition is affordable, with 93% of current students surveyed* agreeing their tuition is a worthwhile investment.

*Our Statistics
At Concordia University-Portland, we stay in close contact with our current online students and alumni. We most recently surveyed our MEd online alumni in December 2013. Our MEd and EdD online students’ survey was conducted in February 2014. A 2017 survey is currently underway.

Graduates' Testimonials

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Give as much as you receive, for all coursework is vastly enhanced by those exchanges in which you engage with both peers and professors.
- Carla Burton, December 2013 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Do not wait. Sign up, sign on, log on and get busy with getting the courses done. It goes by in the blink of an eye--and you finish smarter and wiser.
- Dawn Rosenlund, January 2014 

How was your experience with Concordia Portland's instructors and staff?

All of the instructors and staff throughout the program were amazingly helpful and friendly.
- Emily Dick, June 2014 

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I pursued the MEd because I feel that one who is not learning is not really teaching, and my core professional goal is to consistently be the best teacher I can.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I've got five kids at home that are just in awe that I was able to continue my goal [of earning my master's] … and do the things that I wanted to do.
- Stephanie Lahrman 

How was Concordia Portland's instruction and online learning platform?

I found the discussion board to be where rote memorization from required readings were explored, challenged, defended and finally formed into the heart of my online learning experience.
- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Make the master's program a working part of your life, not an additional task to be completed in addition to what you are already doing.
- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

How was your experience with Concordia Portland's instructors and staff?

I really appreciated the responsiveness and helpfulness of staff and professors as I struggled through some highly unusual circumstances due to moving and job hunting in Taiwan.
- David Cotter, March 2014 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Engage in the discussions meaningfully and don't view them simply as tasks.
- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

[Earning a master's] allowed me to accomplish a lifelong goal, helped me further my academics in my career, and allowed me to reinforce what I did in the classroom.
- Stephanie Baird 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Time management is important. Managing your time wisely will enhance your ability to succeed in this program.
- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

My goals are to always find better ways and methods to serve my students and share this information with my colleagues.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, January 2014 

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Earning my master's has been a big achievement. I started my education with a bachelor's in 1990, and I've always wanted to have a master's degree.
- Lynn Chapman 

How was your experience with Concordia Portland's instructors and staff?

[Concordia's instructors and student staff] were absolutely influential in getting the program going, and the relationship we have is one like a family.
- Tero Talamoa 

How was your experience with Concordia Portland's instructors and staff?

If you needed [any staff support], they got back to you right away. I think [accessibility] is super important when you're in an online program.
- Alison Dundas 

The Concordia University-Portland Community

Our 22-acre campus is in Portland, Oregon, one of the premier cities of the northwestern U.S. and a center of cultural diversity. Founded by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we’re committed to academic scholarship intertwined with faith-based values. Our goal is to prepare graduates for lives of learning, service, and leadership.

We believe in the value of diverse views and meaningful collaboration: Throughout your online education, you’ll be part of a small, close-knit group of learners. Your fellow students become not just classmates; they also become part of your professional network.

While we embrace innovation, Concordia University-Portland also stays true to our unchanging values in a constantly changing society. As just one example, we fulfill our commitment to service in the community through a number of programs with nonprofit partners in Portland and the larger region, actively engaging our students, faculty, staff, and supporters in these efforts.

This commitment to helping others improve their lives is part of our identity as a nonprofit institution of higher learning. While we’re a traditional university, we know that an on-campus experience isn’t the best solution for everyone.

Thousands of working professionals from across the nation and outside the U.S. have chosen Concordia Portland’s fully online MEd and EdD degree programs specifically because our unique blend of academic rigor, coursework flexibility, and student-first support allows adult students to further their education and balance career and family responsibilities.

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