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. 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.

WHY CONCORDIA

Because we get you

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.

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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 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.

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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ABOUT US

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

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.

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Saying No Can Make You a Better Teacher

Saying no is the best choice I have ever made for my teaching career. I entered the teaching profession after a career in public libraries. In the beginning, I told my principal that I would probably stay late on campus since I was used to, and I quote, “working until 6 p.m. most days.” I started... Read More

For Teachers

The Lifelong Impact of Illiteracy

Literacy deeply and persistently impacts access to education, economic development, and life outcomes. Even in our modern world, the numbers are startling. Millions — around the world and in our own country — remain functionally illiterate, reading below the basic level. The International Literacy Association views “literacy as the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create,... Read More

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“I kept going and I was determined to do my best work”: Q&A with Cindi Y. Quarles, MEd ’13 and EdD Student

When financial struggles and grief overwhelm us, it is easy to give up on educational pursuits. There are definitely times when it’s important to pause and focus on self-care, but to then continue working toward a master’s degree and later a doctorate, takes a highly motivated, resilient individual. Meet Cindi Y. Quarles, a Tennessee-based educator... Read More

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How to Choose a Faculty Chair for Your Dissertation

So you are on your way to earning your doctorate. Hats off to you! Earning the highest research degree is no small achievement. You’ve dug deep, explored various subjects, engaged in passionate discourse with classmates and colleagues, pushed through intellectual challenges, and found a way to manage your work-life priorities. Now you’ve reached the highly... Read More

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