College of Education

Concordia University’s commitment to quality online degree programs for students is apparent in every aspect of our College of Education, from a faculty of dedicated educators to the success of our students, we offer the most current curriculum in our degree concentrations – all developed with quality education in mind to support your career in education.

Since our founding in 1905, the training of educators has been central to Concordia University’s mission. Today, Concordia’s objectives remain the same: to develop and encourage high-quality educators, and to prepare them for careers as education leaders with tremendous energy, creativity, commitment, and service.

Online Graduate Degree Programs

Concordia’s online degree programs are launched throughout the calendar year – there’s no need to wait for a traditional “on-campus” semester start for you to begin. The College of Education uses a Cohort format to host students in the online programs. A new Cohort starts every 5 weeks for our Master’s programs. Online Cohort Schedule

We offer several master’s level graduate programs. Of note, the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction includes 19 concentrations designed for in-service teachers who want to specialize in a particular subject matter. Online Master of Education Programs (M.Ed.)

Our Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program is online or on campus. One of the unique features of the online Ed.D. program is the “virtual residency” which allows online participants access to the same collaboration and academic support system as the face-to-face residency, without the need to travel and leave career and family responsibilities behind. The Ed.D. program prepares candidates to make a meaningful impact in schools, government, academia, business, and non profit organizations as transformational education leaders. Online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D. Program)

Our Faculty: Another Reason to Consider Concordia University’s College of Education

Concordia’s pledge to quality education is evidenced in the selection process of our renowned faculty. Our instructors are licensed teachers, each boasting a wealth of experience as successful and motivational educators, as well as master’s and/or doctoral credentials in an education-related field. They teach at Concordia University because they believe in the College of Education, the effectiveness of online learning, and its growing place in today’s world. They are innovators in our online learning center, forging new ways to learn on a daily basis. We are consistently impressed by their innovative teaching methods, the resources they bring to lessons, and their drive to improve the educational system to better fit the lives of their students.

What do Concordia’s graduates think?

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’s online instruction, faculty, and staff; as well as tips and advice for prospective students.

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

The [student support] has been great in helping us acquire books and passing us knowledge regarding everything we need to know about our courses.
- Oliver Okumba Arigi, M.Ed. 
Science

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I would recommend this program wholeheartedly--100%. I was able to [complete the program] with everything else that was going on in my life: three kids, a wife, and a very dedicated teaching career. That was important to me.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

The highlight of my program encompasses each Concordia staff person I dealt with: online, on the phone, by email, and in person. Each and every one was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I want to couple my business background with education and teach adult learners.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I pursued a master's degree ... to help facilitate my transition [from the business arena to education] and to broaden my educational background.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

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 
eLearning/Technology Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Manage your time by taking advantage of [any] extra time by getting ahead on assignments.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

How was your experience with Concordia'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, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

The long, late nights are truly worth it.

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The results have been powerful and undeniable.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

When I started, I was nervous that I might be … testing the waters in a type of teaching that might be a trend or flash in the pan--what I found instead was a real reinforcement of the foundations of teaching and how they not only need to be included, but must be included in the eLearning environment.

- Wendy Dwyer, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

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, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I intend to live overseas and teach in international schools for the foreseeable future, and to become an ever more proficient ESL teacher. These goals were quite specifically the reason for pursuing this degree.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I encourage those from any discipline seeking an M.Ed. to not worry or feel challenged that they may not have the background to fit in amongst a classroom of educators.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia'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 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia'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 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The curriculum was very challenging and the instructors were terrific.

- Wheeler Brown, M.Ed., August 2013 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The best thing about the program is that it is flexible and the classes are well taught… professors were accessible and the lessons were well organized.
- Patricia Williams, M.Ed., September 2013 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing an online degree at Concordia University is: The sooner, the better.

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
Career and Technical Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Be disciplined. Be serious. Be inspired. You'll need all three, plus some good time-management skills, to succeed--it is so worth the time, investment, and effort.
- Wendy Dwyer, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I fulfilled a goal that I set a long time ago and said that I wanted to do.
- Sabrina Simon Chambliss, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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 
Career and Technical Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Occupying any position along the education continuum is a sincere privilege, so from teaching assistant to establishment owner -- or any combinations [in between] -- is of interest to me throughout my professional life.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

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, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

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

The professors were phenomenal. They were personable, understood we were humans with human issues, and worked with us.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I am a college lacrosse coach, assistant director of admissions, and travel 40% of the year for work. I was able to find time to complete this program thanks to Concordia's curriculum model that recognizes and values the busy lifestyles of educators.

- Ryan Dwyer, M.Ed., April 2014 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[My favorite part of the program] was the interaction with other students. It's wonderful to interact with people who you cannot even see. And the ideas--the exchange of ideas--is just unbelievable.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

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

You could always sense that [the instructors] were there to support us, and that was very visible [even] through an online program.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I tell people all the time to look at Concordia because it is such a great program.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Your personal opinion or viewpoint will be challenged. You have to open up your mind and consider the other arguments being made.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[What I liked best about the program was] my fellow students. In my Master's program with Concordia, I was always surrounded by students who were like me--teaching professionals. They represented so many areas of expertise.

- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

You get to know the people in your class. You get to chat with them via email or on the bulletin boards… and interact and ask questions about other people and what they're doing in their work.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

… manage your time well and choose the time to pursue this degree carefully…
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I want to make a difference in the lives of those I teach.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

[My master's] means opportunities. In our school district, you need to have a master's in order to go into administration, so [my degree] is opening up some more doors for myself.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

What I liked best about my program was [the comfort] and flexibility of completing my program at home. Being able to sign on and connect with instructors and classmates was great.

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
Career and Technical Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Be open to new ideas and to reconsidering your teaching philosophy and style from the ground up. Also, don't be shy about sharing your philosophy and experience, even if it's different from the majority view!
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The program as a whole focused on reinforcing essential scholarship with proactive support from all Concordia personnel and [cohorts], allowing the program's intensity and pace to be continuously manageable.

- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

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, M.Ed., September 2013 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Although I never met [my cohort group] in person, I felt connected to them as if I knew/worked with them on a daily basis. Their ideas, insights, and questions helped me to grow as a professional and refine my craft of teaching.

- Blake Ann Antida, M.Ed., July 2013 
Early Childhood Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Make sure you allocate enough time to complete all the work and different tasks; to commit fully to dedicating a year without a lot of distractions to accomplish your higher education goal.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[My cohort] was very supportive … and everybody seems to be comfortable with each other. The discussions were really deep and intense.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I liked conversing with my cohorts, getting good ideas and suggestions, and getting a good plan together for my current inclusion classes and those in the future.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I pursued the M.Ed. 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 
Educational Leadership

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

The support I received from Concordia was incredible. I sent an email on a Saturday morning, and I have a phone call within five minutes about a question I had... The response was amazing.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Do it. Just do it. It'll be worth it for yourself, and it will be worth it for your family.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[My favorite part of the program] was just meeting the other professors that were in education--just learning so much from other people and the different aspects of what they do and how they do it.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

The instructors at Concordia know how to work with [students from all disciplines] and help them incorporate their background and experiences into the curriculum.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Teachers are full-range educators now, and … teaching automatically [implies] taking on duties and roles beyond the onetime boundaries of the profession.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

[My master's] gives me a better understanding about my profession and what I do, and enables me to be in a position to help other teachers.

- Corvina Etsitty, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

The program is tough, but if you just pace your time and do the things you need to do, it can be accomplished.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The ability to take courses anywhere in the world and do work in accordance with my schedule contributed greatly to navigating these circumstances and successfully beginning a new phase in my career, and my life.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

The degree is important not so much for the folks in Atlanta who know and trust me, but more for those I want to reach via the Internet who don't know me [personally]. A respected degree from a respected institution is very important, in my opinion. Those M.Ed. initials carry weight.

- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I loved the positive, genuinely thoughtful discussions and questions raised by faculty and other cohorts.

- Wendy Dwyer, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

… simply having the degree designation has gotten the attention of many [prospective] employers.

- Lynda Bradford, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was able to work [Concordia's online M.Ed. program] in with my young family and still have time to get my college work done.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I am getting my Master's in Special Education because I want to build on my skills to better support my students and their families.

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Continue to work hard and gain as much knowledge as possible to be a great leader and teacher.

- Patricia Williams, M.Ed., September 2013 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

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 
eLearning/Technology Education

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Do not do just the minimum. Treat the program and the process with the respect it deserves.

- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

How was your experience with Concordia'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, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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

One of the highlights was the wonderful feedback and encouragement I received from my professors.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

My goal [is] to enhance my skills and increase the number of subjects I could teach well.

- Wendy Dwyer, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I have several professional goals--the most important of which is to eventually be a "teacher of the year" at my school or school district. I feel as though learning more about my trade would provide information on how to truly become a master teacher.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Earning my master's has meant so much, not only personally, but also professionally.

- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

There is a lot of information to gather in a short time; however, your professors are there to help you achieve your goal of obtaining your M.Ed.

- Richard Thurman, M.Ed., August 2013 
Career and Technical Education

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 
eLearning/Technology Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

… having a master's in education will help bring my thought processes to [align with] more current research and best practices.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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

The instructors and support staff were very helpful in working with me and driving me to completion [of the program].

- Wheeler Brown, M.Ed., August 2013 
Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Working at your own pace is nice, but it is important to be able to meet deadlines.

- Blake Ann Antida, M.Ed., July 2013 
Early Childhood Education

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Stick to your goals; do all your work a week in advance; do not quit. Get to know your fellow cohorts, keep dreaming, and keep believing.

- Neville Boone, M.Ed., March 2014 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… obtaining my master's degree has allowed me to achieve [my goals of finding better ways and methods to serve my students].

- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Education is solely the result of whatever you digest, so savor every bite, and eat everything on your plate. Adding on a few pounds of know-how is thoroughly satisfying.

- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

Every educator in the throes of gaining on-the-job experience needs to fortify that experiential enrichment with a formal education.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

[This program] is doable, and it's nothing to be scared of. I was not a strong writer, and … although there's a lot of writing involved, I was still able to figure it out and still do it.

- Corvina Etsitty, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Be open-minded of everything throughout the process, from the teachers/professors to your fellow classmates.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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

The faculty members were always available. Every time you send them an email… you can just feel the support and the love.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Ask questions, challenge ideas--make the teachers teach you. Trust me, they do not mind.

- Paige Garwood, M.Ed., July 2013 
eLearning/Technology Education

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

[My admissions counselor] helped me from the beginning … when I was just asking about the online program up to the time I actually signed up. And even when I was doing my courses, he was the first person I emailed [whenever I had some problems].
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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, M.Ed. 
Reading

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

Everyone on staff was so great. They'd give you little phone calls … or emails to check in with you.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was able to learn a lot from veteran teachers all around the world. It was also nice to compare and contrast what different schools across the country implement.

- Blake Ann Antida, M.Ed., July 2013 
Early Childhood Education

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, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

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

Everybody was very helpful. There was always somebody available: the website [resources]… the instructors… and the students in your cohort.

- Corvina Etsitty, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

All these people [from Financial Aid to Student Services were] unbelievable: very helpful, very supportive, and always available.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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