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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Concordia University-Portland is revitalizing the education of educators worldwide through our bachelors, masters and doctorate programs. We look for students who are eager to make an impact, refuse to settle for the status quo, and want to make positive change in the education environment.

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U.S. ADMISSIONS

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Admission Requirements

The following requirements are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Concordia’s College of Education programs. Chat with an enrollment specialist or admissions counselor for full details.

  • Undergrad degrees
  • MAT degrees
  • MED degrees
  • EDD degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary or Secondary)

  1. Application. Freshmen may apply online for free. You may also apply for free through the Common Application.
    NOTE: If you've already applied to Concordia through the Common Application, you do not need to fill out the Concordia online application.
  2. Official transcripts. Request official transcripts of academic coursework completed to date. All final transcripts are required upon graduation. Concordia also grants credits for Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 3 or higher, and recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for higher-level (HL) exams. Find out more information about International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement standing credits.
  3. Test scores. Submit either SAT-I or ACT scores. The Concordia University code numbers for the tests are: SAT 4079; ACT 3458.
  4. Letters of recommendation. Request two letters of recommendation from two different sources to be submitted to Concordia University on your behalf. Concordia will accept your recommendations on the downloadable recommendation form or as a personal letter.
    1. Recommendation Form (Best viewed when downloaded and opened in Adobe Reader)
  5. Written essay. For your essay, choose one of the following options:
    1. Option 1 - Submit your SAT Writing section as your essay
    2. Option 2 - Respond to one of the essay topics listed.
    3. Option 3 - Submit your essay through the Common Application

Once you have gathered all of the above materials, send them to:

Office of Admission
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211

High school graduates and college transfer students with fewer than twelve semester hours or eighteen quarter hours of transferable college credits are considered freshmen.

Concordia University has a rolling admission process. However, applications submitted by the following dates are given priority for Fall Semester admission:

  • Early Action Deadline: November 15
  • Priority Deadline 1: December 15
  • Priority Deadline 2: January 15
  • Rolling Admission begins January 15 and proceeds until the freshman class is full

Application deadlines for Spring and Summer semester admission are as follows:

  • Spring Semester—Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Summer Semester—Priority Deadline: March 1

Concordia University grants credits for Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 3 or higher. Concordia University also recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) academic program for higher-level (HL) exams. A combined maximum of 36 credits can be transferred in from AP and IB testing. For more information, please contact your admission counselor.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Application Review: Applications are reviewed as they are received. You can submit your online application before sending in your other materials. Elementary candidates and some secondary candidates will receive an admission decision within two weeks after their interview with the College of Education. Quality candidates will continue to be accepted until the cohorts are full, at which time a waitlist will be created.

Important: There are limits to the number of placements for secondary subject areas. Currently, Social Studies (History, Geography, etc) and Language Arts (English) placements are forecasted beyond capacity. The admission committee will begin admitting students who have applied for the 2018 full time and evening programs for Language Arts and Social Studies beginning November 1st. If any open positions remain after this initial decision date, the committee will meet every other month thereafter to offer admission for these openings. Students interested in teaching Social Studies or Language Arts are encouraged to submit their application and all materials (including passing scores on all required tests) as soon as possible so they can be reviewed before the first decision date.

Priority application dates for MAT programs

  • January Cohort - Full-Time Program - November 1st (Elementary cohort only)
  • June Cohort - Full-Time Program - March 1st
  • August Cohort - Evening Program - May 1st

(The priority application dates are used for scholarship deadlines and to encourage early application)

Ready to apply? Please submit the following:

  1. Completed MAT Application
  2. 1-2 page Letter of Intent that explains why you want to be a teacher, why you are choosing Concordia, and where you see yourself in five years (both personally and professionally).
  3. Official transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution. (In-progress transcripts must document current coursework.)
    Note: If you are submitting transcripts from an institution outside of the United States you will need to have them evaluated by one of our transcript evaluation partners.
  4. A minimum 2.8 GPA for undergraduate work (3.0 GPA for any graduate coursework) is required for admission.
    Note: Graduate credit at CU will only be awarded for courses receiving a B- grade or higher.
  5. Résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in educational settings.
  6. Two letters of reference dated within the last six months. We ask that your references state how they know you, how they have seen you interact with youth or in an educational setting, and how they feel you will be as a teacher. Please have your reference seal the letter and sign over the seal. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students.
  7. Complete TSPC character questionnaire.
  8. Interview with the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Programs. (This is the final phase of the admission process. If your completed file meets all requirements, you may be contacted to schedule an interview.)

International Students

  • International students must report a passing score on an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms.
  • TOEFL: paper-based = 550; internet-based = 80; IELTS: 6.5

Exception: International students whose undergraduate education took place in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Submit your application materials

You may submit your application online first, and then submit your materials (preferably in one packet) in one of the following methods:

Master of Education (MEd) and Certificates

  • Completed application

  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university with posted bachelor’s or master’s degree. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.

  • Work History Form or resume showing work experience.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher*.

  • Statement of Intent, 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process. Please respond to the following prompts individually, and number each response:

    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study at Concordia (approx. 75-100 words).

    • Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approx. 200-250 words).

    • Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge affecting P-12 educational settings. Provide an example. What action should educators take to address this challenge? (approx. 200-250 words).

    • For candidates who earned under a 2.80 GPA, please explain what led to the low GPA and how you will succeed in an academically challenging graduate program today.

    MEd in Administration or Preliminary and Professional Administrative License Certificate applicants (OR and WA applicants only), please also respond to the following question:

    • As a future building or district level administrator, how do you hope to make a positive impact for all students and stakeholders within your setting? (Please include examples of culturally-responsive practices.) (approx. 200-250 words)

    Note: Individual programs may have supplemental requirements (ask us for specifics).

    MEd in Administration, Pre-AL or Pro-AL applicants, please also provide the following:

    1. One confidential letter of recommendation from your current supervisor is required, dated within six months of applying. This letter should include the applicant’s administrative potential based on an assessment of their skills in leadership, management, and human relations.

    2. Completion of a teacher or personnel service preparation program AND an Oregon teaching or personal service license. Administrative candidates wishing to serve in the State of Washington meet these criteria with proof of a Washington teaching certificate: WAC 180-79A- 220)

    3. Three years of successful licensed teaching or personnel service experience in public schools or regionally accredited private schools is required by TSPC prior to enrollment.

    For Oregon and Washington residents, the TSPC-required Personal Character Questionnaire must be completed.

    Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. You may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) by one of the following methods:

    Accelerated online MEd applicants:

  • Complete the application online and upload items through your online application account.

  • Scan and email to: admissions@education.cu-portland.edu

  • Online Admission Office – Processing Center
    1721 W. Rio Salado Parkway
    Tempe, AZ 85281

On-campus, Flex online or hybrid MEd applicants:

  • Scan and email to applicationmaterials@cu-portland.edu

  • Fax to 503-280- 8531

  • The Office of Admission
    Concordia University
    2811 NE Holman St.
    Portland, OR 97211-6099

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

  • Completed online application

  • Applicants must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a master’s degree program from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Official transcripts from your graduate degree-granting institution and any post-graduate coursework. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University−Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.

  • Current résumé including references (please explain your relationship with the references and include their contact information).

  • Letter of Intent, no more than two pages, citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose Concordia University and illustrating your commitment to degree completion.

  • Submit an example of original, scholarly writing from graduate level work that demonstrates your best scholarly writing. The sample should be approximately 10-12 pages, demonstrate your ability to analyze, critique, and synthesize literature, and build a logical argument or narrative in support of a theme. You will be asked to certify that you are the sole author of submitted materials and that any assistance received in preparation of materials is fully acknowledged and disclosed. You will need to cite any sources from which you used data, ideas, or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased.

  • An interview may be required upon request from the review committee.

  • Candidates may be required to take a post-admission, pre-enrollment writing assessment, so the program has a real-time assessment of candidates’ writing proficiency.

  • Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. You may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) by one of the following methods:

    Online EdD applicants:

    • Complete the application online and upload items through your online application account.

    • Scan and email to: admissions@education.cu-portland.edu

    • Online Admission Office – Processing Center
      1721 W. Rio Salado Parkway
      Tempe, AZ 85281

    On campus EdD applicants:

    • Scan and email to applicationmaterials@cu-portland.edu

    • Fax to 503-280- 8531

    • The Office of Admission
      Concordia University
      2811 NE Holman St.
      Portland, OR 97211-6099

    Concordia University must receive all items from the applicant before their application will be considered for review, including transcripts. We encourage you to carefully proofread your materials for grammatical, citation, spelling and formatting errors before submitting them for review.

If You Don't Meet Certain Requirements:

Certain criteria and GPA requirements vary by program. Find out from an enrollment specialist now if you qualify for your program, or if you qualify for conditional admission, which may simply require additional materials.

If You’re Transferring In From Another University:

We want to help you get the most of out of the credits you’ve already earned. Connect with an enrollment specialist or admissions counselor now to discuss the transfer credit policies specific to the program that interests you.

My Enrollment Specialist was extremely helpful and one of the reasons why I signed up; she helped me figure out it was a good fit for me.

DENISE DEMPSEY,
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Online Teaching & Learning

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Concordia accepts students from around the globe.

This criteria is for international students (anyone who will or is temporarily residing in the United States on an F-1 student visa) who would like to be considered for admission into our our MAT, MEd or EdD programs.

The same requirements as U.S. citizens/permanent residents, plus the following additions:

  • Proof of a bachelor’s or master’s degree that is recognized by the Ministry of Education from that country and equivalent to a bachelor's or master's degree earned in the United States

  • Statement of Financial Guarantee

  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation partner (see full list provided on this page)

Score requirements vary program:

MAT or MEd:

TOEFL: Internet-based score - 80; paper-based score - 550
IELTS: 6.5

EdD:

TOEFL: Internet-based score - 100; paper-based score – 600

Exception: International students whose undergraduate education took place in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

Undergraduate international students: please see admission requirements for undergraduates here.

International students enrolled in an online program will not be issued an I-20 and will not be eligible to receive an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Currently, international students may only complete the doctorate program in the online format.

An evaluation may be obtained from one of the following institutions. Please note that a comprehensive or course-by-course report is required.

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)

P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
E-mail: acei@acei1.com
Website: www.acei1.com
Phone: 310-275-3530 or 800-234-1597
Fax: 310-275-3528

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
E-mail: eval@ece.org
Website: www.ece.org
Phone: 414-289-3400
Fax: 414-289-3411

Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)

505 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
E-mail: info@fis-web.com
Website: www.fis-web.com
Phone: 425-248-2255
Fax: 425-248-2262

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Email: info@wes.org
Web: www.wes.org
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100


My Enrollment Specialist was the one who made it so easy to say, I’m going to go with this school. Our six-minute conversation changed my life completely.

LARRY NEWBY,
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Methods and Curriculum

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