M.Ed. in Educational Leadership


The Concordia University - Portland Master of Education in Educational Leadership will prepare you with the expertise to expand your career options. Concordia Portland’s experienced education leaders will provide you with the best in theory and practice to prepare you for educational leadership positions in both K-12 and higher education.

The Next Cohort Start Date is January 25th

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia Portland M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program will demonstrate skills in:

  • Taking a leadership role in developing a collaborative work environment that incorporates the use of research-based best practices
  • Consulting, being able to assess the classroom and school environments, and making appropriate, research-based recommendations for school and classroom improvement
  • Integrating technology into the faculty development process

Course Descriptions

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
27 credits
EDGR 506 (3)
Character and the Ethics of Leadership
Organizational leadership is a social phenomenon that occurs when leaders interact with the collective values and vision of others in the organization. Candidates will explore contemporary models of ethical organizational leadership, synthesize a personal statement of vocation informed by their leadership values and assumptions, and test their synthesis against a variety of assignments and practical experiences. The course also provides a forum where candidates enjoy the opportunity to identify and consider their own character, personal values, and workplace ethics. Each will develop an understanding of the critical need for ethical leadership in one's professional, personal and family life, and will appreciate the vital importance of living and modeling such values and, perhaps most importantly, of serving others.
EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research findings and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include the functions and anatomy of the brain and the fascinating arena of multiple intelligences. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain works so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to enhancing their current work environment.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought
Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.
EDGR 620 (3)
School and Community Partnerships
This course examines principles of planning and administering a program for building a mutually supportive relationship between the school and its environment. Focus is on the development of skills and strategies for linking the school with constituents in the community such as parents, citizens, and special interest groups.
EDGR 622 (3)
School Law
Law and the legal system have profoundly influenced the shaping of education in America. Many of today's issues of educational policy (e.g., desegregation, the treatment of students with disabilities, English as a second language, religion in the schools, school finance) are also issues of law. As a consequence, we see decisions regarding our schools increasingly being made by the courts. Accordingly, it is critical for the leaders of today to have a basic knowledge of the judicial branch of our government and its impact on education. Specifically, this course encourages students to become familiar with the manner in which courts operate, how they make their decisions, and the impact of their decisions on education and educational policy.
EDAD 560 (3)
Human and Financial Resources
This course introduces graduate candidates to the process of understanding the funding of the educational enterprise and how those funds are expended to accomplish the goals of the institution. Tracking the flow of income and expenditures per the state mandates are complicated, but vital to the educational processes. Students will become actively involved in the operational practices by means of an awareness of the documents used as tools for those actually in the field. Since human resources account for 80-85% of those expenditures, the understanding of that quantity and of the legalities of using these resources is absolutely critical.
EDGR 626 (3)
Organizational Change
Organizational Change provides an introductory overview to the theoretical and sociological foundations of organizational change. Additionally, the course explores sources, processes, and outcomes of educational change and the resulting implications for teachers and administrators. Topics and activities are designed to review issues of interest and importance to those contemplating careers in educational administration or roles as lead teachers and agents of change.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. The proposal will not be implemented with students/participants during the course.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

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.


Career Opportunities

  • Division or Department Chair (K-12)
  • Higher Education Instructor in Educational Leadership
  • Assistant Chief Academic Officer (Public or Private K-12)
  • Education Consultant (Public or Private)
  • Public Administrator (Business, City Government, College)
  • College Student Services Director
  • Coordinator, Running Start Program for High School Students Transition to College (Community College)
  • Career Pathways Coordinator (Community College)
  • Director, High School Students/High School to College Division (Community College)
  • Director, Career Services (Community College)
  • Director, College Student Relations Division
  • Department Chair – Community College (various divisions)
  • Director, Preschool (Public or Private)
  • Education Advisor, NCLB District or State School Improvement Team (K-12)
  • Education Advisor, District Superintendent's Cabinet (K-12)

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