Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education (Non-Endorsement) is designed for teachers and other professionals who seek specialization in the education of students with disabilities, ranging from students with mild to significant cross-categorical disabilities. An M.Ed. in Special Education will prepare you to fill a critical gap in K-12 general educator knowledge providing service to students with disabilities.

This program provides for a practical, research, and evidenced-based course of study on the latest theories and practices associated with education of students with special needs in American public schools. An M.Ed. in Special Education may also provide a means to expanding potential career-building opportunities that come from obtaining an advanced degree in this field. This is a non-licensure concentration designed for degree candidates interested in having a professional and meaningful impact on the education of students with disabilities. Courses are offered at the elementary and secondary level. It is recommended that candidates register for courses at the level of their existing license.

Goals of the Master’s in Special Education Degree Program

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University – Portland’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M. Ed. Special Education (Non-Endorsement) upon completion will:

  • Understand the field as an evolving and changing discipline based on philosophies, evidence-based principles and theories, relevant laws and policies, diverse and historical points of view, and on human issues that have historically influenced the field of special education
  • Demonstrate respect for their students first as unique human beings and then understand the effects that an exceptional condition can have on an individual’s learning in school and throughout the learner’s life
  • Possess a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to individualize instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs
  • Actively create learning environments for individuals with exceptional learning needs that foster cultural understanding, safety and emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and active engagement
  • Use individualized strategies to enhance language development and teach communication skills to individuals with exceptional learning needs
  • Facilitate instructional planning in a collaborative context that includes the individuals with exceptionalities, their families, professional colleagues, and personnel from outside agencies as appropriate
  • Understand the legal policies and ethical principles of measurement and assessment related to referral, eligibility, program planning, instruction, and placement for individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Use assessment information to identify supports and adaptations required for individuals with exceptional learning needs to access the general curriculum and to participate in school, system, and statewide assessment programs
  • Understand that professional practice requires ongoing attention to legal matters along with serious professional and ethical considerations to actively plan and engage in activities that foster professional growth and keep current with evidence-based best practices
  • Demonstrate knowledge on how to effectively, collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to facilitate the successful transitions of individuals with exceptional learning needs across settings and services into adulthood

Note: This program does not lead to endorsement.

Special Education Course Descriptions

Total: 30 semester credits

M.Ed. in Special Education (Non-Endorsement)
30
EDSP 510 / EDSP 511 (3)
Introduction to Special Education
These courses focus on familiarizing the candidate with special education in today's schools, including the purpose and history of special education, the process to identify and serve students in need of specially designed instruction, and recommended practices for special education, such as access to the general education curriculum and inclusive practices. These courses address the continuum of services ranging from early childhood special education to transitions to adulthood.
EDSP 526 / EDSP 527 (3)
Managing and Teaching across Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
The purpose of these courses is to gain in-depth knowledge of managing learning environments for students across the full continuum of disabilities. These courses address practices related to multi-tier support in order to ensure students with disabilities make progress in the general education curriculum; e.g., Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RtI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The candidate will apply these concepts as they relate to providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
EDSP 524 / EDSP 528 (3)
Special Education Teacher Leadership Practices
Within these courses, the candidate will learn how to develop an IEP, how to coordinate meetings and how to work collaboratively with families and other education personnel including paraeducators, related services professionals, general education teachers, school administrators and any others relative to the education of students within the full continuum of disabilities. These courses also address classroom administration, scheduling logistics and understanding resource allocation as it pertains to providing access across instructional settings.
EDSP 572 / EDSP 573 (3)
Student Assessment and Evaluation across the Continuum of Disabilities
The purpose of these courses is to provide the candidate with knowledge of evidence-based practices in the areas of assessment and evaluation in special education. The candidate will acquire skills in administering formal and informal assessments and in evaluating assessment outcomes for program decision-making for students across the full continuum of disabilities. The candidate will explore the use of Response to Intervention (RtI) as it relates to eligibility for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and the use of adaptive behavior scales in program development for students with moderate to severe disabilities.
EDSP 525 / EDSP 529 (3)
Evidence-based Practices in Language Arts, Literacy and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities
The purpose of these courses is to examine foundational strategies and methodologies related to language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening), literacy in the content areas, and mathematics. The candidate will develop skills in applying evidence-based instructional strategies relevant to the full continuum of students with disabilities in a variety of instructional settings. These courses address the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) during instruction to promote learning for students with disabilities, and for students with disabilities who are English language learners.
EDSP 522 / EDSP 523 (3)
Developing and Applying a Functional Skills Curriculum
These courses are designed to prepare candidates with the necessary skills to effectively develop and implement functional skills programming, as appropriate, for the full continuum of students with disabilities. The candidate will learn evidence-based instructional strategies, methods and supports such as task analysis of daily routines, the use of assistive technology and augmentative communication systems, as they are applied across varied instructional settings. The candidate will learn to develop a functional instructional program using data-based decision making.
EDSP 622 (3)
Legal Aspects of Special Education Practice and Advocacy
This course is an in-depth examination of the history of legal issues and case law pertaining to special education services and practices. This course examines current legislative requirements defined by IDEA, ADA, 504, and ESEA. The candidate will critically review federal and state special education Administrative Rules and examine practical aspects of the assurance of FAPE on behalf of students eligible for special education services.
EDSP 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought in Special Education
This course will stimulate informed and intellectual discussions though critical review of research-based practices, discussion of controversial issues identified in professional literature and contemplate the most current issues, initiatives, and legal case law decisions shaping Special Education policy, leadership decision-making and accountability in the provision for equitable educational opportunities on behalf of students with disabilities. The candidate will have the opportunity to critically analyze contemporary issues in Special Education. On-going active investigative dialogues should result in: willingness on the part of the course participants to promote a positive democratic society, uphold ethical practices and foster inclusive citizenship through effective change in their own schools and classrooms on behalf of individuals with special needs, families of children with disabilities and the school professional who serves these children.
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 two courses: either EDGR 698-Action Research (3), or EDGR 699-Thesis (3). 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.

The Master of Education culminates with two courses:
6 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
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.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to those who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Along with the application, please submit two confidential letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, résumé, official college transcripts showing an awarded bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and official post-bac/graduate transcripts (if applicable).

Earning Your Special Education Degree Online

Using cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools, Concordia’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. Concordia University’s Special Education classes are designed so you may turn in assignments convenient to your schedule, remaining within the due dates of the course syllabus. Online classes are five weeks in length (except for the two required practicum courses, which are each 10 weeks), and can be accessed via the Internet at the time and location that is most convenient for you.

Ready to enroll? Speak with an enrollment specialist: 1 (877) 251-4405 or start your application here.

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?

Our proud graduates 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?

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

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

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

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?

I researched many programs, both online and close to home, and found that Concordia offered the best instruction, the most convenient courses and schedules that fit with my busy life.

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[My favorite part of the program] was just meeting the other professors that were in education--just learning so much from other people and the different aspects of what they do and how they do it.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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 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)

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)

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?

[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

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

The program is tough, but if you just pace your time and do the things you need to do, it can be accomplished.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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)

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The curriculum was very challenging and the instructors were terrific.

- Wheeler Brown, M.Ed., August 2013 
Educational Leadership

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

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)

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

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

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 your experience with Concordia's instructors and staff?

Anything that I needed--if it was a question about books; if it was a question about graduation; if it was a question about needing extra time to do anything--the support [from instructors and staff] was always there.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was able to complete my master's degree and also have a life with my kids and my wife. Making sure that my family is with me is such an important part of my life.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I [was hesitant] to take an online class--I always wanted that lively, face-to-face conversation. I do not Tweet, chat, or text, but I did learn to enjoy and appreciate the back-and-forth dialogues with my peers online.

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

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

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

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 your experience with Concordia's instructors and staff?

All these people [from Financial Aid to Student Services were] unbelievable: very helpful, very supportive, and always available.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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?

It's really important to know there is a community--that it's not just you by yourself at home on a computer and that you build relationships with people as well.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

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 your experience with Concordia's instructors and staff?

I had very wonderful instructors who hold you accountable for everything.
- Oliver Okumba Arigi, M.Ed. 
Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I really appreciated the online learning aspect, where I'd have resources not just on the Internet, but also university resources available through the library, and also through the members of of my [diverse] cohort.
- Kris Werner, M.Ed. 
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?

I'm a math person, not a writer, so I was terrified of going online because I knew that I was going to have to write, [but the staff] was there to support me.
- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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

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?

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 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

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

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)

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?

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 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

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?

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

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

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)

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

… teachers are really accessible. I think I actually talked to my professors more in the online program than I ever did in an in-class program.

- Alison Dundas, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The program as a whole focused on reinforcing essential scholarship with proactive support from all Concordia personnel and [cohorts], allowing the program's intensity and pace to be continuously manageable.

- 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?

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)

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 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)

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?

[My favorite part of the program] was the interaction with other students. It's wonderful to interact with people who you cannot even see. And the ideas--the exchange of ideas--is just unbelievable.
- Julius Wangiwang, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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

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

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

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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The program was extremely diverse, while maintaining its level of rigor. The five-week time frame for courses makes things challenging ... [and] each class provided a unique viewpoint.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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

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 appreciated the online part--being able to work all day, come home, and manage my time [my] way.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

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?

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 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)

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?

Figure out how to manage your time as quickly as possible. The five-week courses are great, and the courses are rigorous, but you can easily get the work done if you figure out how your time can best be managed each day.
- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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

All of the instructors and staff throughout the program were amazingly helpful and friendly.

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

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?

My favorite part of the program was the flexibility. I have a full-time job as a teacher and four children. Teaching… doing mom duties… and then being able to log on and do my school work was so meaningful.

- Evelyn Javelosa, M.Ed. 
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

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 was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I can't deny that the whole [program], from the beginning [course] to the last, was marvelous.
- Tero Talamoa, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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

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?

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 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?

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?

Do it. Just do it. It'll be worth it for yourself, and it will be worth it for your family.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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