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.

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?

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?

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

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, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

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

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?

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

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?

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 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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The thing I liked best about the program was that it was fast… each class lasted five weeks and I could do it at my convenience.

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

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 Concordia'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, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I really enjoyed the diverse perspectives of my cohort. I was able to take most of the courses with the same students throughout the program and we all grew and learned together.

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

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?

… manage [your] time and know when assignments are due so that you do not procrastinate or feel overwhelmed at the last minute.

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I enjoyed the camaraderie amongst classmates. Everyone was truly in it for the success of every person in the class. Nobody was out to get anybody, and it never became a competition. I enjoyed the relationships I built with everybody in the program.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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 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

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

I'm a math person, not a writer, so I was terrified of going online because I knew that I was going to have to write, [but the staff] was there to support me.
- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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 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)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I'm a busy mom of seven kids, and teach school full-time, but I still finished in a year. It was quite a goal.
- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I just couldn't afford to sit out a whole year and not earn income while going to school. This [online program] allowed me to still be able to teach, as well as pursue my degree.
- Sabrina Simon Chambliss, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was your experience with Concordia'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 
eLearning/Technology 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 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?

[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 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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

… one of the most important things about the online format is that [my kids] were able to see that there was nothing stopping me from getting my degree. Even on vacation, I was out at the lake doing my homework at my comfort, at my pace.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was your experience with Concordia'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, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

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?

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?

[One of my instructors in particular] was very inspirational. He helped me to focus myself and [understand the program] is about growing as an individual--to be patient, compassionate, and open.
- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Because [classes] were intense and brief, it gave me a chance to work with each new piece of information or learning objective continuously and directly, with no down-time in between…

- Wendy Dwyer, 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

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?

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

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

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?

I have a lot of colleagues that have taken years off to pursue their master's degree, and I just didn't think that was the right fit for me. So when I found out about Concordia's [online] programs, it was the right thing.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
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 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

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

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

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

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

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

I had very wonderful instructors who hold you accountable for everything.
- Oliver Okumba Arigi, M.Ed. 
Science

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, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I liked the flexibility, setup, and hands-on service I received from Concordia.

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

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 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)

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

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

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

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I definitely recommend [Concordia's online program]. Not only [is the program] intense, it is one where a current teacher and a future teacher will benefit from.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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

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)

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

How was Concordia'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, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

[The master's program] makes me more understanding of … how to deliver [my lesson plans] to second-language learners.
- Tero Talamoa, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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?

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

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

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

I was pleasantly surprised at how personable the teachers were. I didn't have a single professor that wasn't open and willing to [answer] questions.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
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)

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

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

As a first generation college graduate, I found it necessary to continue my pursuit of excellence by expanding my mind through this rigorous program. I chose this degree to better prepare myself in the direction of school administration.

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

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 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

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