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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. We offer education degree programs at every level – many of which can be earned online – from a Bachelor in Education to master’s and doctorate degree programs. Our programs are housed in and guided by our first-of-its-kind, trailblazing College of Education campus in Portland, Oregon, where PreK-8 students learn just down the hall from Concordia 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.
You believe in the power and reach of education. And we believe in the power of you. We know you have what it takes to make a difference, and we want to help you get there. That’s why our undergraduate and graduate education degrees blend academic rigor, student support, and flexible program options so you can pursue or advance your career as an educator. We’re here to make sure nothing stands in the way of your dream to guide and inspire the next generation of learners.
Concordia educators represent one of the nation’s largest group of MEd recipients (IPEDS 2016) — already over 10,000 strong — and our ever-growing number of BA, BS, MAT, and EdD graduates are effecting change every day. Whether you’re seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree, a fiercely loyal professional network can be invaluable for your career aspirations — and this network is one you’ll want behind you for 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.DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE
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 nine 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:
Drawing on over a century of experience, Concordia is serving the needs of our education students, our community, and the world around us.
All of our education degree programs, whether on-campus or online, are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Accreditation through NWCCU means that Concordia University-Portland 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.
In February 2019, Alisa Bates, Angela Vossenkuhl, and Stephanie Murphy from the Concordia University-Portland College of Education presented Teacher Preparation Program Coherence in an Emerging Professional Development School: Lessons for All Stakeholders at The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) conference in Atlanta. The presentation centered on our collaborative effort with Faubion and our pursuit of... Read More
An Army veteran and passionate teacher, Daniel Carpenter, PhD, is one of our highly regarded associate professors. Carpenter has served as a teacher, administrator, soccer coach, and university professor, as well as a consultant to organizations such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As well as helping educators advance... Read More
A Heart-Centered Approach Teachers are true workaholics. We work a lot — during the day, after school, on weekends, during breaks, and over summer vacation. In doing the myriad tasks we tackle each week, we can become seriously overwhelmed, stressed, and constantly trying to catch up. Host of the Hurry Slowly podcast and author of... Read More
Grading is one of the most challenging and emotionally charged conversations in today’s schools. Teachers are protective of their right to grade, but inconsistent grading practices and the ways they can inadvertently perpetuate achievement and opportunity gaps among our students make grading an issue of equity. There are grading practices that are more bias-resistant and... Read More