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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

… 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?

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

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

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

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

This program, or any online program [offered by] Concordia University, has something that will appeal to everyone: the convenience of doing coursework in the comfort of your own home; the flexibility of the schedules; the collaboration with classmates from all over the country.

- Emily Dick, M.Ed., June 2014 
Reading

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Just do it! You won't be disappointed.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I was a first-year teacher when I started my program, and many of the things I learned in the first course (EDGR: Developing Character Through Curriculum) helped me set up my classroom, build a community of learners, and build relationships with my students.

- Emily Dick, M.Ed., June 2014 
Reading

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?

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 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

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

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 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)

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?

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?

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 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

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?

… teachers are really accessible. I think I actually talked to my professors more in the online program than I ever did in an in-class program.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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?

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I researched many programs, both online and close to home, and found that Concordia offered the best instruction, the most convenient courses and schedules that fit with my busy life.

- Emily Dick, M.Ed., June 2014 
Reading

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?

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

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

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?

The program was extremely diverse, while maintaining its level of rigor. The five-week time frame for courses makes things challenging ... [and] each class provided a unique viewpoint.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Figure out how to manage your time as quickly as possible. The five-week courses are great, and the courses are rigorous, but you can easily get the work done if you figure out how your time can best be managed each day.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher 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?

Engage in the discussions meaningfully and don't view them simply as tasks.

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

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

Email correspondence was excellent, and the courses were outlined very, very clearly. I just loved that about the program.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

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)

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 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 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

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?

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was able to complete my master's degree and also have a life with my kids and my wife. Making sure that my family is with me is such an important part of my life.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

The Concordia program is a great program, but it is not easy. Definitely set aside a certain amount of time daily to work on assignments. Look ahead … and prepare accordingly.

- Stephen Crawford, M.Ed. 
Adolescent Literacy

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

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)

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

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)

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 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

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The discussions were always fascinating, and I was honored by the respect the other classmates gave me.

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

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?

As tense as those last weeks [of the program] were, the process of writing and gathering my thoughts and discussing something I am passionate about proved to be a huge blessing to me, and in the end, one of the most valuable experiences of my academic sojourn.

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

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

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

You can never be a better educator with just what you know. To all those who seek better knowledge, the Inclusive Classroom concentration is one of the best programs for both pre-service and in-service teachers.

- Miso Katse, M.Ed. 
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

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?

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 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

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

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

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 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)

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

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

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 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)

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 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?

Though [the capstone project] was challenging, I enjoyed every moment of it. In the past, I did research in the form of essays, so having to conduct real educational research was very fulfilling for me.

- Miso Katse, M.Ed. 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I really appreciated the online learning aspect, where I'd have resources not just on the Internet, but also university resources available through the library, and also through the members of of my [diverse] cohort.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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 your experience with Concordia'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, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

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