Online Master of Education Degree Programs

Each Concordia University Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is instructed online and offers a stimulating, easily accessible and career-focused curriculum. All M.Ed. classes are led by teachers and administrators in the field, using leading-edge theory and user-friendly online learning tools to help you get the most out of your course experience.

As an M.Ed. student, you’ll be part of a dynamic learning environment that both provides and requires close interaction with your peers and professors throughout the program. Your online community and cohort are there to support and enhance your learning as you pursue your Master of Education degree, and Concordia’s online learning resources offer the flexibility to fit your schedule.

Our one year master’s programs are comprised of online courses that are five weeks in length. Once enrolled, all you need is an Internet connection to participate — complete your M.Ed. coursework from wherever you like at the times most convenient for you.

What Master of Education Degrees Are Available?

Concordia offers its 1-year master’s programs in a cutting-edge online learning environment. Program graduates can enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of their choice and make a bigger impact in their classrooms and in their careers.

» †Educational Leadership provides the skills teachers need to take on a leadership role in their school system. Through the Educational Leadership program, M.Ed. students learn to design and implement curriculum, integrate technology, and use research-based best practices to assess classroom and school environments.

» Curriculum and Instruction features 19 different concentrations and is appropriate for teachers wanting to specialize in a specific field. M.Ed. students within the Curriculum & Instruction program learn to apply research theory and best practices in their classroom. Graduates will be able to modify instructional plans to accommodate diverse classrooms and promote alternative goals and strategies. Click here for a list of all concentrations.

» Career and Technical Education (CTE) is designed for licensed or qualified prospective CTE teachers at the middle- or high-school level. The CTE program provides students an opportunity to select an important career and technical education research topic and subsequently investigate, apply, demonstrate, and disseminate their knowledge and skills in a culminating capstone project.

» Special Education is a non-licensure concentration designed for educators and other professionals interested in making a meaningful and profound impact on the education of students with disabilities. This program provides a practical-, research-, and evidenced-based curriculum on the latest developments in special needs learning.

» Advanced Study in Special Education is a non-licensure degree program designed for licensed, experienced educators and other professionals who work in the Special Education field and want to deepen their expertise or advance to a leadership role in this area. This program provides advanced theory, knowledge, skills, critical thinking and other topics in special needs instruction.

» Special Education with Endorsement (OR and WA residents only) prepares educators to teach the full continuum of students with disabilities — students with Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe Disabilities — at either the early childhood/elementary level or middle/high school levels. Candidates who successfully complete this program may be qualified for the Oregon Special Education Added Endorsement, provided that a candidate meets Oregon State TSPC requirements.

The Next Cohort Start Date is August 31, 2014

Online Master of Education degree programs offered:

M.Ed. Program Requirements and Objectives

In addition to meeting the specific requirements of their chosen degree program, successful completion of the Concordia Online Master of Education degree requires candidates to meet and demonstrate the general program objectives including:

  • An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers in the classroom, the school, the district, and the profession
  • Skills in developing, implementing, and assisting curricular and instructional plans that integrate disciplines, apply current educational research findings, encourage parental involvement, consider students’ current developmental levels, and exhibit sensitivity to individual student differences and cultural backgrounds
  • Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching, learning and administering
  • Values, ethics, beliefs, and attitudes that achieve the educational goals of the state, district, and local school communities.

Action Research Project

All candidates also will complete their M.Ed. degree program with the required Action Research capstone project. “Action Research” is a transformative practice that gives practitioners solution-oriented investigative tools to address and resolve any number of in-class, scholastic/academic, or career-related issues and challenges.

During this five-week capstone course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, collect a Letter of Consent from the site administrator, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form. The reporting method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, district and school requirements, and the ongoing needs of both teachers and students.

Why Concordia’s 1-Year Programs are Great for Working Educators

Why do working teachers and administrators rave about our online programs? Listen to what they have to say about the flexibility and work-life balance achieved through our education.

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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 did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

My truest professional goal is to be happy, an outcome that involves working someplace where the notion of education is profoundly respected; the breadth of knowledge … borne by every fine educator therein is valued and enthusiastically nurtured; and I am able to actively contribute to furthering that sort of atmosphere daily.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I worked hard and produced what I thought was a meaningful and engaging online learning experience and it was wonderful to have my instructor validate my efforts.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

This new [educational] environment was embracing the Internet--anything I was going to do in the future was going to involve online activity.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Concordia's [master's in science education] is really helping me motivate [my science students]. I find they enjoy the new technologies and virtual trips I have obtained through my courses.

- Oliver Okumba Arigi, M.Ed. 
Science

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[My degree] really helped me be reflective of how the curriculums I was using in the classroom are working; how the children are learning with those curriculums; and if I needed to add or change my curriculum or my teaching in any way.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The Educational Leadership program was highly relevant as it covered historical through present educational information and always balanced useful theory with helpful practice.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… as the only ESL teacher at our school, I have been tasked with designing and implementing a new ESL program... the tools this program has provided me with have given me the foundation and confidence to take on this task.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[The most surprising aspect of the program was] that I can take it back and apply it to my own personal life as quickly as I learned it.

- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[The learnings were] scientific, technical, and involved critical thinking. It's not just my impressions--it's really data based, which is very powerful.

- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

With the passion I have for special education, I felt I needed more knowledge and skills of how [I can best] serve students with special needs, especially in general education classrooms.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… as the only ESL teacher at our school, I have been tasked with designing and implementing a new ESL program... the tools this program has provided me with have given me the foundation and confidence to take on this task.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
English Language Development

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[The program] altered the way I teach students, especially the IEPs (individualized education programs) and second-language learners. The degree really helped me [figure] out how to use symbolic ways to [help students] understand [mathematic terminology].

- Tero Talamoa, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

As the head of our math department, [my degree] is helping me direct others into new ways of thinking.

- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I now more often and more quickly exit students from the ESL program because they are achieving at a much higher level than I could have hoped for before.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
English Language Development

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… because of my concentration in eLearning and Technology [Education], my employer is interested in having me teach others how to access and use some of the tremendous skills I learned through the program.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

In the classroom, I have integrated my new understanding of brain science, my updated understanding of standards, learning styles and language functions, and the principles of backwards design and the SIOP protocol into my daily teaching, just to name a few.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
English Language Development

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

... classes focused on realistic, useful and applicable techniques and understanding which have had a direct and powerful impact both on my classroom teaching and in reshaping my school's ESL program.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[The program] enhances your teaching, your learning, and it grows you as a human being, in all directions.

- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The fact that [the program] is in the area of e-learning fits perfectly in my vision for my teaching life moving forward. I want to develop an online music education environment aimed at the homeschooling world.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Thanks in large part to improvements in my teaching based on this program, I have seen many students begin to learn much faster than before.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
English Language Development

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I found, with my study [on "tiering"], that working with students on their level and setting obtainable goals helped the students to be very successful and greatly reduced discipline problems.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I want to develop a full-blown music education online experience for the homeschooled world.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The Master's program was not an additional [weight] in my busy life as a teacher, but instead became a vital part of my homeschooling teaching world.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Having a Career & Technical Education background [allows me to help teach and provide] students a foundational starting point toward successful [trade] careers.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I have improved my teaching of reading techniques in the classroom and have already led a morning PLC with my fellow colleagues to teach some of the new instruction techniques I learned throughout the program.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

This program has helped me broaden my skills in [assessing] … the overall development of a child: math, literacy, language, even gross motor and fine motor skills.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Each [instructor] brought unique styles and methodologies to the classroom that I hope to one day successfully emulate and incorporate into my online classroom.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The highlight of my program came at the end when I was asked to be a mentor for a Peer Mentoring Program at Concordia. Being able to reach back and help new Concordia (CTE) students [has been a rewarding experience].

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Part of what I do [as an administrator of a small college] is actually curriculum development, so finishing this program helped immensely with my current job.

- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… I try hard to make my classes reflect the currently technology that my students are using, and because I want to be the best instructor possible, I wanted the chance to learn about the newest and most useful tools available to me.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I enjoyed learning about the different learning modalities, character development in the classroom, and how to respect differences and engage culturally diverse students.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Having spent six years teaching ESL in China, and now two more in Taiwan, understanding these areas is of crucial importance to me… This degree has been instrumental in revitalizing and enhancing my teaching.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Our job is more than simply teaching the curriculum--it is to promote the fact that [students] have the chance to do big things that can impact their generation. We must ensure that every student has the chance to succeed.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

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

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

For me, the best part about the Career & Technical Education [curriculum] was learning all of the different pathways and resources available to [individuals who are] interested in entering any of the 16 Career Clusters.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I am already using the vocabulary interventions on which I based my action research study. In fact, several of the teachers at my site are now utilizing the same interventions in the science and ELA departments.

- Stephen Crawford, M.Ed. 
Adolescent Literacy

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Because of my Reading concentration, I was really focused on how kids were dealing with literature. I could see some students who were struggling, and it was really nice to be able to use my degree to understand possible issues.

- Lynn Chapman, M.Ed. 
Reading

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

When retired, I want to use my skills and knowledge as a volunteer [for special needs students].

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

In my opinion, a degree in Teacher Leadership provides opportunities for educators to grow professionally, all while assisting our generation of teachers with the information necessary to lead an ever-changing group of young men and women.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Not only did I have the chance to try out new and emerging technologies, programs, and tools in an atmosphere that allowed questions and exploration, I had a chance to experience them through the eyes of my cohorts, too--many of whom were seasoned educators.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Classes [that focused on] working with educational assistants and special education laws were applicable [in my classroom] day-in and day-out.

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

... classes focused on realistic, useful and applicable techniques and understanding which have had a direct and powerful impact both on my classroom teaching and in reshaping my school's ESL program.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
English Language Development

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

In the classroom, I have integrated my new understanding of brain science, my updated understanding of standards, learning styles and language functions, and the principles of backwards design and the SIOP protocol into my daily teaching, just to name a few.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

… our children need highly qualified teachers in the lower elementary and preschool [levels]. By obtaining [the master's degree], you will learn what you need in order to be a highly successful early childhood educator.

- Blake Ann Antida, M.Ed., July 2013 
Early Childhood Education

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The intensive immersion experience of undertaking the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership will noticeably strengthen your mental muscle and radically improve your occupational value in immediately measurable ways.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I really enjoyed creating my own online course… seeing curriculum I developed displayed in an engaging online format that helped others to learn.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I [have already] used information from the very first course, "Character and Ethics of Leadership", in the opening parts of my classes this semester.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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 did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I'm now able to have conversations of great knowledge and depth with administrators, with other teachers that have their master's, and it's such a great feeling to have that.

- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Looking at my students … and looking at how to approach teaching in a very technical way is not something I typically do, so I learned a lot [from my action research project].

- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I work at a college that is very progressive and forward-thinking, and many of our course offerings are being offered in an online environment.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I was especially proud to have one of my instructors ask to use my online course as a model going forward for her other classes.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

[I enjoyed] exploring the tools available on the Web.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

When you are working with students with special abilities … and you see that spark, glimmer, and smile when they have grasped a concept--all those hours, days, and months [of work] are so worth it!

- Dawn Rosenlund, M.Ed., January 2014 
Special Education (Early Childhood / Elementary)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I now more often and more quickly exit students from the ESL program because they are achieving at a much higher level than I could have hoped for before.

- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

The new degree has opened my eyes to so many different levels of the learning in my classroom--not only through the diversity of learners, but also my role as the educator.

- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I enjoyed having a chance to try out new programs and Internet tools, and I felt that it was a chance for me to build my toolbox and prepare me for being a better and more well-rounded teacher.

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

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

In addition to the many individual techniques and approaches that I used right after learning them in class, action research proved invaluable and hugely rewarding.

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

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