Concordia University-Portland College of Education

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. Our 100% online graduate programs are powered by our first-of-its-kind, trailblazing College of Education campus in Portland, Oregon, where preK-8 students learn just down the hall from grad students. Where we believe that for education to be effective, health and safety come first. And where we create curriculum that will help you change lives.


Because we get you

You bring tireless energy to your work every day, and yet you’re here because you’re ready to enhance your influence. We know you have the power to do even greater things, and we want to help you start doing them right now. That’s why our convenient online programs blend academic rigor, student-first support, and the flexibility to log in at any time so you can balance work and personal responsibilities. We get that you have a busy life, but don’t let that stand in the way of your dream to have more impact.

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Ten thousand-plus reasons why

Concordia educators represent one of the nation’s largest group of MEd recipients (IPEDS 2016)—already over 10,000 strong—and our growing number of EdD graduates are effecting change every day. No matter which degree you seek, a fiercely loyal professional network can be invaluable for your career aspirations—and this network is one you’ll want behind you for life.

How to fit an MEd into your already busy life.

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. It’s going to take determination, some teacher-to-teacher advice, and a whole lot of heart. And we’re excited to help you every step of the way.

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Concordia is the Latin word for "harmony," literally "with (one) heart"

Founded by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University-Portland opened its doors in 1905 as a four-year academy for pastors and teachers. In 1977, Concordia became a four-year college, and 18 years later, Concordia College became Concordia University-Portland, a member of the Concordia University System—a network of 10 nonprofit, private universities.

Today, Concordia University offers a solid liberal arts education with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, business, nursing, healthcare, social sciences, religion, math, and science, as well as a Juris Doctor degree at our School of Law in Boise, Idaho.

Our mission as a Christian University is to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. We are committed to providing a challenging, supportive, and faith-based learning environment where spirited intellectual inquiry strengthens our dedication to justice, compassion, and moral integrity.

Rich in diversity, where students of any faith are welcome, Concordia integrates the following principles of a Lutheran education into every course:

  • Learning to question
  • Embracing science and leveraging technology for good
  • Discovering the gifts God has given you and sharing them in service to others
  • A rigorous education for all

Through our online graduate programs in education, we are able to extend our mission to help working professionals who want to improve their communities and the world around us.

As a regionally accredited university, Concordia University-Portland pursues online learning with the same passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history.

Our online degree programs, including the Master of Education and Doctorate of Education, are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation through NWCCU means that Concordia meets the commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness.

In addition, our Oregon and Washington endorsement teacher education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.


Health Tips for Teachers, by Teachers

We all know it’s important to live a healthy, balanced life, but what does that actually look like day-to-day as a teacher? Since March is National Nutrition Month, we asked some of Concordia’s MEd and EdD students and alums to share health tips that work for them in and out of their classrooms. Plan ahead... Read More


Lower the Cost of Your Master of Education Degree

It takes a hungry mind, passion, and foresight to decide to pursue an MEd while working full time—not to mention a heart of gold, knowing that what you learn will benefit you and your students. That said, money shouldn’t be the reason you pump the brakes. At Concordia University-Portland, we understand that affordability is top... Read More

Our Programs

Effective Classroom Management Strategies: Concordia Course Spotlight

When you’re in the market for a new car, you go for a test drive. When you’re deliberating restaurant options, you check out the menus. When you’re in the market for a master’s degree? Sample the classes. In our new series on the Room 241 blog, we’re asking Concordia faculty to give you a closer... Read More

For Teachers

Innovation in Education: What Does It Mean, and What Does It Look Like?

Innovation. It’s such an overused term, isn’t it? Everyone these days is striving to be innovative, is promising innovation, is encouraging others to innovate. But if you think about it, it’s overused for a reason. It’s a single word that encapsulates everything that is exciting in any industry—a goal to shoot for because it means... Read More

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