College of Education
We’re nonprofit, accredited, and shaping the future of education.
One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University is changing the way the world views teachers and students. Our College of Education is co-located with a first-of-its-kind, trailblazing, PreK-8 public school that exposes our faculty to a working school every day and that, in turn, informs our innovative curriculum. We believe that for education to be effective, health and safety come first — so we create programs and curricula that will help you change lives.
We offer degree programs at every level — many of which can be earned online — from bachelor's, master’s, and doctorate programs to add-on certificate programs.
BA/BS - Bachelor
Start your teaching career by building your skills in a real classroom or transfer your credits into our online early childhood education program.
MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching
Gain the knowledge, tools, and clinical experience necessary to teach effectively and be a guiding force in the lives of students.
MEd - Master of Education
Designed specifically for in-service educators and education professionals, expand your expertise or advance as a leader within your school or district.
EdD - Doctorate of Education
Enhance your leadership capabilities so you can make immediate and long-term impacts in your workplace.
EdS - Education Specialist
Advance your skills, leadership abilities, and career in this specialized, post-master's learning experience with no dissertation requirement.
Expand your understanding of a specific subject area and take your career to the next level.
Since our founding, our mission has remained constant: We are a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society. We do this within a community that’s motivating, evolving, and inclusive.
Twenty Thousand Strong
We have 20,000 graduates — located across the nation — working as teachers, administrators, and leaders in educational settings spanning from PreK to higher ed and from public to corporate environments.
Accessible & Affordable
We work hard to make sure nothing will stop your progress in pursuing a degree. Most of our programs are available online and we offer a range of scholarships, depending on your program choice.
A cornerstone of our northeast Portland neighborhood since 1905, Concordia is a private, Lutheran liberal arts university that welcomes students of every culture and faith.
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.
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
Drawing on over a century of experience, Concordia is serving the needs of our education students, our community, and the world around us.
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 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, business, nursing, health care, social sciences, religion, math, and science, as well as a Juris Doctor degree at our School of Law in Boise, Idaho.