Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Programs


Each Concordia University - Portland 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 a 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 Portland’s online learning resources offer the flexibility to fit your schedule.

Concordia University - Portland’s one-year M.Ed. online programs are recognized by teachers nationwide as a great balance of time-to-degree efficiency (based on five-week courses), academic rigor, and comprehensive student support. Our 15-1 student-to-instructor ratio speak to the sustained quality of Concordia Portland’s online curriculum and our commitment to outstanding academic experiences for students.

The Next Cohort Start Date is April 5th

What Master of Education Degrees are Available?

Concordia University – Portland offers one-year master’s programs in a cutting-edge online learning environment. 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.

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.

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
The Educational Leadership master's degree 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. Please note: This program is not designed for administrative licensure.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
The Curriculum and Instruction master's program features 19 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.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is also available as a Dual Concentration Degree Program.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)
The Career and Technical master's degree 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
Our Special Education program is a non-licensure/non-certification 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 evidence-based curriculum on the latest developments in special needs learning.

Advanced Study in Special Education
The Advanced Study in Special Education degree is a non-licensure/non-certification 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)
This specialty 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.

Candidates seeking a Master of Education degree from Concordia University - Portland should be aware that completing the master's program does not lead to state certification or licensure. While in some cases coursework may apply towards renewal of a teacher's license, a Master of Education degree does not ensure initial teaching/administrative licenses or licensure for add-on endorsements.


Master of Education Degree Program Goals and Objectives

In addition to meeting the specific requirements of their chosen degree program, successful completion of the Concordia Portland 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.

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