Admission FAQ

1. May I apply to the Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?
2. Is the GRE required?
3. When do classes start?
4. I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?
5. Is certification a part of the Master of Education program? If not, how would I receive certification?
6. What are the different types of assignments?
7. Are Math courses required?
8. How many students are in a classroom?
9. How does Concordia University Online have such a high retention and graduation rate?
10. How does the dual concentration work?
11. Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below 2.8?
12. Does Concordia University Online accept transfer credits?
13. I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?
14. How is it possible to have a one-year master’s degree?
15. How can I afford achieving a master’s degree?
16. Which concentration in the Master of Education should I consider?
17. I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?
18. Should I wait to work towards my master’s degree?
19. How do I know that this is a quality, online program?
20. May I apply if I live internationally or if I am not a U.S. citizen?

May I apply to the Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?

Yes, many students are not working in a classroom.

Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not needed.

When do classes start?

Normally there are 10 starts per year. Based on return on investment-the sooner you start the faster you will be able to reach your career goals.

I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?

Many students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed in comparison to traditional learning; however, Concordia University Online offers outstanding support, which is the reason retention and graduation rates are close to 90%! There is an orientation class (no charge for this course) that you will attend one-week prior to your start date that will help you understand the classroom environment. As a student, you will have Technical Support, Student Services and an Enrollment Specialist that will be with you until you walk the stage. After about 2 weeks, students are very comfortable and enjoy the benefits and flexibility of online education.

Is certification a part of the Master of Education program? If not, how would I receive certification?

Certification is not part of the Master of Education program. If you need certification or licensure you will need to check with the Board of Education in your state to learn about the requirements.

What are the different types of assignments?

There is a Blackboard course room that you will be posting on 3-5 days a week. The Blackboard is used to answer discussion questions from your Professor and provide feedback to other educators in your cohort. Normally, there will be a 1-3 page paper due on Saturday, along with reading during a typical week. There are no quizzes or tests; as educators we understand that applied learning will enhance your skills.

Are Math courses required?

There are no Math courses required except with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Math concentration, and these courses are subject matter courses, not math skills courses.

How many students are in a classroom?

Normally classroom size is between 6-18 students, with the average being about 15.

How does Concordia University Online have such a high retention and graduation rate?

We take great pride in enrolling students that have the drive to succeed and a passion to achieve their Master of Education in one-year. We understand that this accelerated Master of Education is not for everyone. Students are given constant team support throughout the program.

How does the dual concentration work?

Many educators are life-time learners and have many interests, so the dual concentration is offered to provide two concentration areas. If you review the first five classes in all 9 Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, you will see the core classes are all the same. With the dual concentration you will only need to take the concentration classes for the second degree, not five core courses. Achieving a dual concentration will only be 4-6 additional classes, depending on which two degrees you choose. This is a fabulous opportunity to maximize your career opportunities.

Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below 2.8?

Students are conditionally accepted with GPA’s below 2.8; however, students must maintain a B average or higher to remain in the program.

Does Concordia University Online accept transfer credits?

In response to many requests, Concordia University now accepts transfer of credits for up to two of the following courses: EDGR 595: Community of Learners, EDGR 601: Educational Research, and EDGR 602: Contemporary Educational Thought.

Put your past academic experience to work — if you have successfully completed courses that are equivalent to up to two of the above 3 courses, you may be eligible for lower tuition and shorter time to completion.

To determine whether your prior graduate-level academic work qualifies, follow our easy 1-2-3 process:

  1. Call one of our enrollment specialists at 1-877-251-4405, or start our easy online application at https://apply.concordiaonline.net/login.
  2. Complete your application with the help of your Enrollment Specialist. There are no application fees.
  3. Have your transcripts ready for evaluation.

College credit for up to two courses may be transferable.

I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?

This program is designed for full-time educators. The majority of students have an extremely busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is between 15-20 hours a week, which includes reading, posting on the Blackboard, and normally submitting a 1-3 page paper weekly.

How is it possible to have a one-year master’s degree?

The way it is organized is that each course is 5 weeks and if you choose a degree that has 10 courses, then the program is 50 weeks to completion. In addition, there will be 3 one-week breaks during the program, which allows the degree to be accomplished in 53 weeks.

How can I afford achieving a master’s degree?

Concordia University Online will provide you with a Funding Specialist that will help you understand all of your funding options. We offer numerous choices, such as monthly payments, military benefits, federal financial aid is available to those who qualify or you may choose to use a combination of options. Also, please check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. The Financial Aid section provides resources of information about Financial Aid and the different types you may qualify for.

Which concentration in the Master of Education should I consider?

If you are interested in several concentrations you may want to consider the dual concentration. This allows you to achieve a Master of Education with two concentration areas. Your concentration choice should help you achieve your long-term goals. View our Careers Section to learn about the career choices that come with earning a Master of Education degree.

I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

Yes, the classroom is a very user-friendly format. You will need to be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. Our Technology Page explains what software we use and provides technical support around the clock.

Should I wait to work towards my master’s degree?

It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is no because that never happens. Just remember, life goes by whether you are in school or not. Receiving your Master of Education will need to be one of your many priorities, so you can work towards your future career opportunities. Investing in yourself is the best return on investment you can receive! The admissions process is stream-lined for students; it only takes approximately 2 hours of your time. See the Admissions Overview page for complete information.

How do I know that this is a quality, online program?

Concordia University has been around over 100 years and is Regionally Accredited. See our Accreditation Page for more details. The courses are listed so educators can read through the quality degree program of their choice, course by course. Educators requested that the ground campus programs be moved to an online and accelerated format because of time constraints. Our online degree programs include the high quality standards also associated with the brick and mortar campus.

May I apply if I live internationally or if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, Concordia University welcomes International students and has many students that are not U.S. citizens. See link for International Requirements.

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