Online Doctorate of Education in Higher Education

Overview

This program includes an emphasis on both Higher Education Administration and Higher Education Teaching and is designed to prepare servant-leaders for leadership, teaching, and service positions in colleges, universities, community colleges, governmental agencies, educational associations, and other public and private post-secondary educational settings. It is anticipated that graduates of this terminal degree will pursue careers in teaching, admissions, student services, student records, intercollegiate athletics administration, campus facilities, university business offices, institutional advancement, institutional research, and other administrative and support services in higher education.

Unique to this program is the commitment to develop within and among the program’s students and graduates a collaborative, worldwide network of scholars dedicated to transforming education.

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

Ed.D. in Education Leadership - Higher Education Courses
18 credits
EDDH 621 (3)
Critical Issues in Higher Education
This course will explore the challenges and opportunities that exist in America's system of higher education. Students will develop leadership skills in analyzing higher education issues and making informed decisions, based on this analysis, relative to higher education practice. Included in this course will be a study of the impact that state and federal policies have on higher education and the significant role that higher education leadership has in examining and influencing these policies. A particular emphasis will be placed on utilizing appropriate resources to be well-informed on issues facing higher education and developing skills essential to presenting one's perspective through debate and advocacy in order to be an effective leader in higher education.
EDDH 623 (3)
Higher Education: Curriculum and Leadership
This course addresses the need for administrators and teacher leaders to both understand innovative curriculum, instruction, and assessment for college and university education and to develop the leadership skills to implement them effectively. Students will explore a wide variety of curricula and instructional and assessment applications, including curriculum theory, instructional theory and practice, curriculum designed for the gifted and talented, curriculum designed for special needs populations, and educational technology. The aim of the course is to prepare higher education leaders to effect transformational change as well as to meet the curriculum, instruction, and assessment challenges that face higher education today and in the future.
EDDH 630 (3)
Higher Education: Finance and Facilities Management
This course will provide a contextual framework for students to understand factors affecting the financial wellbeing of higher education institutions and how these factors affect an institution's long term viability, sustainability and ability to deliver on their mission.
EDDH 633 (3)
Higher Education: Human Issues, Accountability, and Administrative Behavior
This course examines the character and structure of the American Postsecondary Education system. Students will explore the history, major participants, and forces that have shaped the American postsecondary enterprise through a study of six components: (1) History of American Higher Education; (2) Diversity of institutions within higher education; (3) Benefits of higher education; (4) Diversity of Students within American higher education; (5) Issues of Autonomy, Accreditation, Accountability, Academic Freedom and Federal and State Coordination of higher education institutions; and (6) Future Trends in American higher education.
EDDH 638 (3)
Higher Education Law
Leadership in American higher education demands an understanding of the legal context of that service, and its policy implications. This course will provide students with an overview of the laws and legal precedent most relevant to higher education and will introduce students to methods of legal analysis and decision-making so that they can anticipate, recognize and appropriately address legal issues as higher education leaders. Additionally, students will learn how to incorporate legal advice from attorneys into decision-making. Students will also learn to access court cases, regulations, statutes, and understand the legal relationships among these various sources of law. The primary format for this course will be reflection and discussion, based on articulating deep analytical thinking, both orally and in writing.
EDDH 640 (3)
Technology and Revolutions in Higher Education
Higher education is in the midst of a revolution. Technology has already changed the way we organize and live our lives, and higher education is scurrying to adapt to the rapidity of the digital age. This course investigates the current forces accelerating change in traditional higher education, conducts research to determine what a transformed learning environment could be, and promotes the need for higher education to take the lead in realizing a new vision for teaching and learning.

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

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'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 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

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

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?

Every educator in the throes of gaining on-the-job experience needs to fortify that experiential enrichment with a formal education.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

… 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?

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 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)

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?

[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?

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 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?

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?

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?

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

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 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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

I encourage those from any discipline seeking an M.Ed. to not worry or feel challenged that they may not have the background to fit in amongst a classroom of educators.

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

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

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

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I 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)

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

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?

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 have several professional goals--the most important of which is to eventually be a "teacher of the year" at my school or school district. I feel as though learning more about my trade would provide information on how to truly become a master teacher.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Make 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?

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was able to work [Concordia's online M.Ed. program] in with my young family and still have time to get my college work done.
- Una Maher, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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 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?

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 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 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?

… 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

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 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?

Occupying any position along the education continuum is a sincere privilege, so from teaching assistant to establishment owner -- or any combinations [in between] -- is of interest to me throughout my professional life.
- Carla Burton, M.Ed., December 2013 
Educational Leadership

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I 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?

[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?

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 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 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

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?

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 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?

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

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?

[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?

… 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?

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 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

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 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?

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

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)

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 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?

One of the strengths of the program is that while you are learning it, you're actually applying it. You are doing the courses, and at the same time, you're applying it in the classroom and in the field. That makes the program even more relevant to me.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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?

I found the discussion board to be where rote memorization from required readings were explored, challenged, defended and finally formed into the heart of my online learning experience.

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

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

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?

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

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)

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Go for it! Also, make sure to stay ahead as much as possible, ask the professor any time you have a question, and communicate with your cohorts.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

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?

You get to know the people in your class. You get to chat with them via email or on the bulletin boards… and interact and ask questions about other people and what they're doing in their work.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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