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

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

One of the strengths of the program is that while you are learning it, you're actually applying it. You are doing the courses, and at the same time, you're applying it in the classroom and in the field. That makes the program even more relevant to me.
- Julius Wangiwang 

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

Anytime there was a question, [I received] very quick responses. I never was stressed out or worried that something was not going to happen for me.
- Joy Straub 

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

[The support I have received from the faculty and staff] has been phenomenal. I wasn’t expecting the staff to be so supportive as far as making sure that you're doing well in the program and that you are being successful in the program.
- Sabrina Simon Chambliss 

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I have taught reading and English for the last four years. While I was teaching, I realized that I needed to learn more about curriculum and best practices in order to meet the ever-growing needs of my students.
- Kristen Derr, M.Ed., July 2014 
Reading Interventionist

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Go for it! Also, make sure to stay ahead as much as possible, ask the professor any time you have a question, and communicate with your cohorts.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, January 2014 

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

It was good to get to know [a fellow cohort] on a personal level. [We] spent a lot of hours up until midnight … on the phone a lot and emails … doing our coursework and group projects.
- Joy Straub 

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

Though there have been plenty of highlights in discussions with fellow students and professors, the greatest highlight has been seeing my students grow and learn in ways I couldn't help them to before.
- David Cotter, March 2014 

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

I can't deny that the whole [program], from the beginning [course] to the last, was marvelous.
- Tero Talamoa 

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Prepare for the final action research by thinking of a topic of study that is doable within two weeks.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, January 2014 

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Getting my degree was important because it gives me an opportunity to be a better example for my students and colleagues.
- Patricia Williams, September 2013 

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

[My master's degree] means more of an opportunity for me in a supervisory role, and to help other teachers who are working in the classroom with young children.
- Alison Dundas 

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

[My favorite part about the program was] my admissions counselor. She was really there to encourage me and to not give up, even when I thought I couldn't do it anymore. That was what stood out to me the most.
- Stephanie Baird 

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

[Concordia's instructors] help you to understand that you bring broader perspective to discussions and different points of view.
- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

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

I was almost always getting involved in some fascinating discussions with my cohorts. I was able to bring some new angles to many discussions, as I was the only representative of the homeschool community in my cohort.
- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

A master's degree is huge. For most of us, this is the highest level of education we will get. Honor it with your best work.
- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
MEd in Educational Leadership

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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