Online Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration

Overview

Concordia prepares leaders to transform society. We prepare candidates through intellectually challenging and rigorous, academic engagement, research, and global preparedness. Candidates are steeped in reflective academic knowledge work, seminal philosophy and theoretical examination, and accepted empirical inquiry. We are engaged in serious and substantial work.

Development of executive leadership traits is a driving force in the Educational Administration specialization. Candidates engage in expert and critical thinking, creative problem solving, and informed decision-making. They design and experience complex, intentional communication and choreographed collaboration. They apply innovation, imagination and invention to sustained critical issues. These are powerful learning conditions intended to drive and fuel increased capacity for learning and sustained transformational change.

In addition to the core courses required for a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, students enrolled in the Educational Administration specialization must also take the following courses:

Ed.D. in Education Leadership - Educational Administration Courses
18 credits
EDDA 615 (3)
Issues in Policy, Planning, and Leadership
This course focuses on learning and its connections to the organizations, institutions, and policy settings in which it occurs. It focuses on the role that leaders play in constructing, guiding, and improving learning in educational organizations through planning and policy decisions. The intent is to develop researchers and practitioners whose main interest is the development of knowledge useful to the improvement of learning in educational organizations through the systematic application of research and theory to practice.
EDDA 619 (3)
Navigating the Permanent Whitewater
Permanent white water consists of organizational events that are surprising, novel, messy, costly, and often unpreventable. Educational leaders are concerned with the subjective feel of these events as much as their objective existence. Experienced executives and others in organizations perceive that what they are trying to do is becoming more complex, problematic, and contingent. In permanent whitewater, leadership is usually exploration and discovery. Organizational members are constantly on process frontiers, where they must find ways of doing something they have never done before yet where there is little precedent to guide them. The feeling of 'playing a whole new ball game' thoroughly pervades organizational life. This means that beyond all of the other new skills and attitudes that permanent white water requires, people have to be extremely effective learners.
EDDA 628 (3)
Leading across Cultures and Communities
Leading across cultures and communities involves a range of increasingly complex issues-the shifts in cultural practices and racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity and the implications of these shifts for fostering learning in educational learning communities. Consideration of the factors that put children at a disadvantage, as well as investigating specific family, community, and cultural assets that support high levels of academic, social, and moral development in effective schools are examined. The course prepares candidates to investigate these issues from the individual, school, neighborhood, and community levels in which schools live and operate, as well as the national and international levels where cross-cultural concerns, globalization, immigration, multiculturalism, and citizenship play an increasingly important role.
EDDA 629 (3)
Pursuing Teacher Quality: Policy and Practice
Pursuing Teacher Quality explores the political and social calls for accountability in public schools that have led policymakers at all levels to seek ways to improve the quality of teaching. Teacher effectiveness has become a prominent component of many school reform efforts from the highly qualified teacher requirement of NCLB to the Common Core Standards and the renewed interest in merit pay. This course will examine the research base and seminal authors and reports, defining policy, evidence of implementation, and evaluative practices of current efforts meant to improve teacher quality.
EDDA 638 (3)
Taking on the System: People, Power, and Politics
Education is inherently political. The experience of schooling is aimed at educational achievement as a key to the economic success of individuals and groups. This course examines the politics of education. It considers how institutions such as school boards, legislators, and political leaders interact and react to constituents such as parents, advocates, the media, and the general public, shaping schooling and the consequences for students. Past conflicts over education governance, ongoing policy debates, and the forces shaping current reform efforts will be topics of the course, examined through the twin lens of political science and educational policy.
EDDA 644 (3)
Mentoring, Sustaining, and Leaving a Legacy
Great leaders - whether they lead entire organizations or groups within them - leave a legacy that transcends them and cements their contribution to the growth and transformation of their organization. As leaders, whether we realize it or not, we are leaving a legacy with the decisions we make and the actions we take. Our legacy is revealed in how others who work with us, for us, and beside us feel and think about us as a result of having been in our presence. A culture has been created where visible and accountability systems drive clarity, connectivity, and consistency throughout the organization. There are expectations of engagement, production, and satisfaction. Others are inspired to grow, to develop, and to excel. Cultivate qualities that live on in sustainable performance systems because legacy matters.

A Note Regarding the Educational Administration Specialization

The Ed.D. specialization in Educational Administration is designed to provide current administrators with additional knowledge and expertise to positively impact the school or district at which they work. The Educational Administration specialization is not intended for those seeking training or credentials to become principals and will not lead to initial principal certification. Applicants are advised to check with administrative licensing requirements in their home state to determine whether the Ed.D. program meets standards as set by the agency, as needed.

Individuals involved in leadership and/or management in both education and non-education settings, may benefit from school district-based educational content, skills, and strategies. In these cases, principal licensure or current employment as a principal may not be required for admission to the educational administration specialization. These candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be interviewed by the director of the doctorate program.

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.

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?

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?

[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?

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

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?

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?

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?

… 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

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?

… 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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

It's fun to be able to share what you're doing and educate people, too, along the way.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

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

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 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?

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)

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

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?

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

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 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?

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

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?

Just do it! You won't be disappointed.

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

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

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

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

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

[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?

… 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 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?

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?

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 your experience with Concordia's instructors and staff?

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

How was 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

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)

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)

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Certainly, the sustained camaraderie among all participants was noteworthy, as were our educators' remarkable quality and levels of dedication.

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

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

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)

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?

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?

… 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)

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

… being able to interact with people from all over the country has been very exciting. To get perspectives from people on the East Coast, the South, was really refreshing.
- Lynn Chapman, M.Ed. 
Reading

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)

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?

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 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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

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?

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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

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?

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

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)

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The program really lent itself well to the whole [online learning] process. [Access to the discussion boards and courses] was just seamless.
- Lynn Chapman, M.Ed. 
Reading

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

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

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

The 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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

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?

… 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?

[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 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?

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?

[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'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

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)

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

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 your experience with Concordia's instructors and staff?

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

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)

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?

[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

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