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.

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 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 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 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?

I liked conversing with my cohorts, getting good ideas and suggestions, and getting a good plan together for my current inclusion classes and those in the future.
- Robbi Ashbaugh, M.Ed., January 2014 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

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

[The support I have received from the faculty and staff] has been phenomenal. I wasn’t expecting the staff to be so supportive as far as making sure that you're doing well in the program and that you are being successful in the program.
- Sabrina Simon Chambliss, M.Ed. 
Early Childhood Education

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The content was spectacular. I really enjoyed all of the material and [the ability] to collaborate, hold discussions, and complete projects with classmates from all over the country with a variety of teaching experience.

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

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 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 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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The results have been powerful and undeniable.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Being able to [take the program] on my own time was fantastic.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
Educational 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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Although I never met [my cohort group] in person, I felt connected to them as if I knew/worked with them on a daily basis. Their ideas, insights, and questions helped me to grow as a professional and refine my craft of teaching.

- 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 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?

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 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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Why did you pursue an advanced degree?

I've got five kids at home that are just in awe that I was able to continue my goal [of earning my master's] … and do the things that I wanted to do.
- Stephanie Lahrman, M.Ed. 
Educational Leadership

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

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 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

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

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 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

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?

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)

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I was almost always getting involved in some fascinating discussions with my cohorts. I was able to bring some new angles to many discussions, as I was the only representative of the homeschool community in my cohort.

- Paige Garwood, 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Ask questions, challenge ideas--make the teachers teach you. Trust me, they do not mind.

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

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

Though [the capstone project] was challenging, I enjoyed every moment of it. In the past, I did research in the form of essays, so having to conduct real educational research was very fulfilling for me.

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[The program allows students to] easily hit the ground running, applying multiple things learned on any particular day to his or her own work setting.

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

It was good to get to know [a fellow cohort] on a personal level. [We] spent a lot of hours up until midnight … on the phone a lot and emails … doing our coursework and group projects.
- Joy Straub, M.Ed. 
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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 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 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?

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

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?

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?

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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?

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

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)

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?

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?

Though there have been plenty of highlights in discussions with fellow students and professors, the greatest highlight has been seeing my students grow and learn in ways I couldn't help them to before.
- David Cotter, M.Ed., March 2014 
ESOL (K-Adult)

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?

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

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

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 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?

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I really enjoyed the diverse perspectives of my cohort. I was able to take most of the courses with the same students throughout the program and we all grew and learned together.

- Ryan Dwyer, M.Ed., April 2014 
Educational Leadership

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

[What I liked best about the program was] my fellow students. In my Master's program with Concordia, I was always surrounded by students who were like me--teaching professionals. They represented so many areas of expertise.

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

How was Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

The best thing about the program is that it is flexible and the classes are well taught… professors were accessible and the lessons were well organized.
- Patricia Williams, M.Ed., September 2013 
The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

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?

As a first generation college graduate, I found it necessary to continue my pursuit of excellence by expanding my mind through this rigorous program. I chose this degree to better prepare myself in the direction of school administration.

- Neville Boone, M.Ed., March 2014 
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

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 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 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

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

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

The long, late nights are truly worth it.

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

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 Concordia's instruction and online learning platform?

I'm a busy mom of seven kids, and teach school full-time, but I still finished in a year. It was quite a goal.
- Stephanie Baird, M.Ed. 
Mathematics

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

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?

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?

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

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)

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