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.

WHY CONCORDIA

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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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

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.

Faculty

“The Teaching Moment That Changed My Practice”

Most teachers have a powerful story of a student, a moment, or a class that changed their practice forever. We asked a few faculty members at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education to share theirs. Read on for some moving stuff. “In one of my graduate classes, a student shared that throughout his entire K-12 education,... Read More

For Teachers

Mindfulness Activities for the Elementary Classroom

How do you get a classroom full of energetic little kids to practice stillness? Believe it or not, it’s possible. Mindfulness isn’t new, but it’s undoubtedly become a popular classroom movement in recent years. What is it? According to Psychology Today, “mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.” This can happen... Read More

For Teachers

How to Make Student Assessments Useful and Productive

When it comes to assessing our students, it’s easy to fall into the age old trap of giving an exam, grading it, and moving forward. But to get the most out of the assessments we give, we need to stay focused on the two primary goals of an assessment: gather evidence that our students learned... Read More

For Administrators

Moving On From The Classroom: Advice for the First-Year Administrator

Kudos on your decision to become a building-level administrator! A host of exciting opportunities and challenges lie ahead. In your first year as an administrator, you will help to create a positive school community and culture that seeks to provide top-notch learning experiences for students. It takes a dedicated, committed person to be a genuine... Read More

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