Online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

This doctorate degree program, available fully-online or at our Portland, Oregon campus, prepares candidates to become transformational education leaders capable of making a meaningful impact in schools, government, academia, business, and not-for-profit organizations.

Use the helpful links below to discover how Concordia’s Ed.D. can help you achieve your goals. To learn more about our programs, or to speak to one of our Enrollment Specialists directly, please fill out the request forms located at the top and bottom of the page.

Ed.D. Program Overview

Designed to rigorously prepare you to become a transformational education leader, the Concordia University Doctoral Program in Education offers an intensive curriculum taught by a faculty of highly regarded scholars from diverse universities and businesses. This doctorate degree program is designed to prepare candidates to become transformational leaders in education, ready to make an immediate and long-term positive impact in schools, government, academia, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Candidates can complete the program on campus or online, and can choose from various specializations:

Classes are seven and a half weeks in length, and are limited to 15 candidates to ensure quality.

Ed.D. Program Goals and Objectives

The Concordia Doctoral Program focuses on developing reflective practitioners and transformative leaders who:

  • Understand the theoretical bases of practice, are able to turn theory into action, and can utilize skills and strategies to improve practice.
  • Apply organizational skills and strategies, apply capacity-building program analyses, and have a willingness to recognize need and confront it with reason and grace.
  • Are grounded with a solid ethical, moral, and faith-based truth-telling, integrity, and a spirit of service.
  • Understand purposeful collaboration, democratic participation, and choice as a guiding style that produces strong and powerful results.
  • Have the capacity to meld reason and imagination, analysis and hunch, and accept a tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Have a willingness to think and act critically, unravel dense meaning, and probe complicated projects with sense and clarity.
  • See themselves as scholars who are committed to study as intentional, intriguing, and inspiring.

Designed to rigorously prepare you to become a transformational education leader, the Concordia University Doctoral Program in Education offers an intensive curriculum taught by a faculty of highly regarded scholars from diverse universities and businesses.

Is an Online Ed.D. Degree Program Right for You?

Should you earn a Doctorate of Education? Simply put–it depends on the kind of educator you are and the goals you have set for yourself. Prospective students share many of the same objectives:

  • Learn how to use systematic inquiry to improve classroom and school practice
  • Lead organizational change using empirically developed and proven strategies
  • Work together in small research communities to share resources and ideas

Most prominently, candidates exhibit a love of teaching both in and out of the classroom. “An Ed.D. is for teachers and administrators,” said Dr. Mark Wahlers, provost and chief operating officer of Concordia University. “This is for the educator who wants to interact with academic research and make it practical.”

As a terminal academic degree, the Ed.D. is a natural next step for individuals ambitious to enhance leadership capabilities in teaching and administration. The online platform is especially welcomed by educators who are already balancing work, family, and community obligations, while holding on to the dream of continuing to climb up the education career ladder. “We want the program to be highly accessible,” said Dr. Johnnie Driessner, Concordia’s Executive Vice President.

Concordia has customized its online Ed.D. program in the same spirit that the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is currently using to retool similar programs throughout the United States. Concordia, as the Carnegie Project advocates, has ensured that its instruction is practical, based in research, and rigorous.

Core Courses

The doctorate curriculum requires students to complete a breadth of core classes listed below. Please visit the specific concentration pages to read about courses required for each respective specialization.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Core Courses
28 credits
EDDC 600 / EDDC 602 / EDDC 603 (1)
Nine Lives of Scholarly Writing I, II, III
This course provides opportunities for doctoral students to develop and refine their scholarly writing during the first year of the education doctorate in order to become stronger writers during and beyond their academic career. Writing craft development occurs through peer writing groups, close study of published texts, and interaction with faculty writers. Course topics include writing article abstracts and analyses, critiques, and literature surveys. Strategies for reading critically, organizing and developing thoughts, choosing appropriate vocabulary, and revising one's own writing are also covered. Students write and revise various genre of scholarly writing throughout the year-long series, culminating in a revised draft of the first Comprehensive Connection paper.
EDDC 605 (3)
Transformational Learning
Based on the view that an individual's beliefs influence his or her actions in powerful ways, this course encourages candidates to reframe their world-view to move away from knowledge transmission towards transformational learning. Candidates will deconstruct conformity to social and cultural canons which have permeated U.S. public schools to a negative effect. They will examine theories that are meant to catalyze social transformation and individual change, and develop their own theory and practice of transformative learning for social change.
EDDC 608 (3)
Quantitative Research Methods
This course helps beginning educational researchers balance the competing demands of formal experimental and survey design principles with the ever-present practical constraints of the real world so that they can conduct sound quantitative research. Emphasis will be placed on formulating research questions, identifying relevant target populations, selecting respondents for study, refining definitions of the effects of interest, identifying relevant comparisons, selecting appropriate measures, including descriptive, inferential, and probability statistics, determining how many subjects to study, taking advantage of the results of previous research and pilot studies, and anticipating the unanticipated. The quantitative research designs of survey, correlation, causal-comparative, and comparative will be examined.
EDDC 611 (3)
Qualitative Research Methods
The goal of this course is to examine inquiry from a relativistic, but systematic, way of knowing. Candidates will apply qualitative research principles through coherent study of the established methodological designs of narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. The issues of alternative knowledge claims, validity or trustworthiness, in-depth field work, and data collection and analysis will be examined through these six strategies of inquiry.
EDDC 615 (3)
The Ethical Educator
This course is grounded in the belief that it is the responsibility of educators to employ ethical practice in the daily activities of their personal and professional lives. Educators must also ensure that the institutional policies and practices of their school or organization adhere to the application of ethical practice throughout the workplace. The course will emphasize human subjects research issues of harm and deception. This study of the use of ethical principles in an educational context will include an examination of the underlying assumptions and implicit or explicit policies that can support or erode ethical practice. As a result of the activities and discussions completed in this course, students will have the opportunity to transform their personal and professional ethical lives and priorities.
EDDC 618 (3)
Leading Organizational Change
This course focuses on helping learners internalize the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and values necessary for facilitating organizational improvement in schools and colleges. In particular, it zeros in on the theory and technology of Organizational Development (OD), and the "what, why, and how" of planned change in diverse educational settings from pre-school to graduate school. Additionally, the course content is undergirded by person-centered values, democratic leadership skills, as well as the ideology of service-management, and is aimed at facilitating excellence in student-centered teaching and learning.
EDDR 610 & 619 (2)
Scholars Before Researchers I & II
Scholars Before Researchers I and II are courses taken back-to-back in the first semester of Phase III. The classes are devoted to researching and drafting Chapter Two of the dissertation proposal. Course topics include an overview of the literature review process, advanced library research techniques, and methods of organizing and managing the literature. Students will leave the course with a completed draft of their dissertation literature review. A Research Librarian advises these courses and is involved in the process from topic formulation to proposal defense.
EDDC 620 (3)
Creativity, Inquiry, and Innovation
This course emphasizes the need for organizations to foster an environment where creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurship are expectations in the culture. Topics are investigated through popular literature and case studies of individuals who have made significant break-through contributions in the areas of science, music, art, and business. The course will address such questions as "What is the essence of creative work? Can creativity be learned? How critical is it for organizations and leaders to innovate? What conditions are necessary in the workplace to foster an environment where creativity, experimentation, and innovation are welcomed? Who determines what is creative and what is not? Why is innovation more likely found in the commercial and nonprofit sector rather than schools?" Lastly, the course hopes to tap the creative potential within all of us and illustrate its value for our own growth as well as the health of the organization.
EDDT 622 (3)
Religion And Dense Meaning: Parables
This course explores the nature of sacred texts used by practitioners of religion. Because most sacred texts were developed prior to widespread literacy and printing technologies, they require specific reading skills, particularly in extracting practical meaning from densely written texts. Focusing on the Parables of Christ, this course both explores the content of these parables and appropriate reading/ interpretation of these foundational texts.
EDDT 651 (3)
Religion and Extremism
Throughout history, religion has motivated self-sacrifice on behalf of a greater cause. In this course, candidates will study the scriptures, doctrines, and historical contexts that have inspired such movements and actions of extremism and gain an understanding of the power of religion. They will also develop skills in helping students recognize and deal with these influences in their lives and communities.
EDDR 698 (1.5)
Dissertation
The dissertation is a scholarly document intended to demonstrate the research competence of the author and to produce greater understanding. It is written in the formal language and style of its discipline or field of study, and it results from a comprehensive, logical, and ethical investigation. The dissertation is an expression of the highest level of critical thought and is expected to be a substantive contribution to the theory or practice of its discipline or field of study.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits of dissertation.

Students Will Choose Two of the Following Seven Intense Research Module Options:

14 credits
EDDR 639 (2)
Intense Research Module Descriptive or Survey
Descriptive or survey research involves collecting data to describe conditions, test hypotheses, or to answer questions about people's opinions on some topic or issue. It is particularly useful to quantify dispositions and as a quantifying complement in a mixed-method design.
EDDR 649 (2)
Intense Research Module Experimental Research
"When well conducted, experimental students produce the soundest evidence concerning cause-effect relations" (Gay, et al. 2013, p. 251). The focus of this course is on Quantitative Methods of Experimental Research. The goal of the course is for students to understand and demonstrate the value of Experimental Research in Education and the Social Sciences. Students will propose an Experimental Design, conduct a pilot study, and evaluate the outcome of the study.
EDDR 650 (2)
Intense Research Module Correlational, Causal-Comparative, Including Ex Post Facto
This course covers two non-experimental quantitative research designs: correlational and causal-comparative, including ex post facto. Correlational research involves collecting data to determine whether, and to what degree, a relationship exists between two or more quantifiable variables while in causal-comparative research the researcher attempts to determine the cause or reason, for existing differences, or that have occurred in the past, in the behavior or status of groups or individuals.
EDDR 661 (2)
Intense Research Module - Module Policy
Policy research determines which of various alternative policies will best achieve a given set of goals. It may be descriptive, analytical, or focus on causal processes and explanations, evaluating existing or new policy, describe best practice, measure social change, or develop projections.
EDDR 692 (2)
Intense Research Module - Program Evaluation
Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies, and programs. Questions may focus on effectiveness, improvement, or alternatives and usually examine the relationship between current practice and a set criteria, desired outcomes, or aspirations.
EDDR 663 (2)
Intense Research Module - Qualitative Case Study, Narrative, and Action Research
This course is designed to provide educational leaders with an in-depth study of the practical and applied research designs of case study, narrative, and action research, focusing on single or multiple case bounded systems, context sensitivity, multiple triangulated data sources, and data analysis. Candidates will begin writing the methodology section of the dissertation proposal.
EDDR 670 (2)
Intense Research Module - Phenomenological, Ethnographic
The focus of this course is on two specific methods of qualitative research: Phenomenology and Ethnography. The goal of the course is for students to understand and distinguish between each of these methods and then conduct a preliminary study choosing either Phenomenological or Ethnographic research methods.

Ed.D. Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution or institutions that awarded your master’s degree and any post-master’s credit with a GPA of 3.5 or better. You may submit the Transcript Release Form to authorize Concordia University to request official transcripts on your behalf. This is available only to U.S. residents for U.S. colleges and universities.
  • A letter of intent not more than two pages, citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose Concordia and illustrating your commitment to degree completion.
  • Example of original, scholarly writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best scholarly writing. The sample should be approximately ten pages with APA formatting and should be double-spaced.
  • Résumé, including references (explain your relationship with the references and include their contact information).
  • Interview (may be required upon request from the review committee).
  • International Students: In addition to the above requirements, all international students must submit a passing score of an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms.

    TOEFL | 600 Paper-Based | 100 Internet Based

Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. After applying online, you may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) in one of the following methods:

  1. Upload items through your online application account
  2. Scan and email to: admissions@education.cu-portland.edu
  3. Fax materials to: (408) 608-0318
  4. Mail to:
    Online Admission Office – Processing Center
    4129 East Van Buren, Suite 240
    Phoenix, AZ 85008

Proud Concordia Graduates Speak About Their Learning Experiences

Graduates of Concordia University – Portland’s online programs share their stories. Hear how students leveraged our convenient learning platform to build upon their skill set and contribute to each other’s growth as educators.

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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?

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

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?

[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

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

My favorite part of the program was the flexibility. I have a full-time job as a teacher and four children. Teaching… doing mom duties… and then being able to log on and do my school work was so meaningful.

- Evelyn Javelosa, 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 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)

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?

[Concordia's online M.Ed. Program] is very beneficial. It teaches you new ways of thinking, and that you can better yourself, either through new [methods] or by reinforcing what currently you do.
- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

… bettering my education to help me be the best teacher I can be was extremely important.

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

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

[The instructors] really encouraged collegiate discussion, so we were talking as colleagues with other students in our cohort to get things figured out ourselves.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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?

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 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?

[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?

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?

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?

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?

… 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?

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?

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?

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 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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

[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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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 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 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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I really liked the flexibility of the online program--the front room of my house became my classroom, my college.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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

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 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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

… to those aspiring to do it -- it's the best decision for anyone longing for real professional development.

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

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

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

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?

… 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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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 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

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)

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

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 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?

[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?

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 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

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 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

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

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 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?

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?

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?

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?

[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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

[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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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)

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?

… 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?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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)

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 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)

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

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