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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

If you share our belief that education can change the world, apply today.

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. Typically, elementary candidates and some secondary candidates will receive an admission decision within two weeks after their interview. We are still accepting applications for our fall program start. 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. Each academic year, the admission committee will begin admitting students who have applied for the 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

On-campus programs:

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

Regional, online programs: The Online MAT cohorts are run in partnership with select school districts or counties. View current regions here.

  • August Online Cohort - 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 considering 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 or with youth.
  6. Two letters of reference dated within the last year. We ask that your references state how they know you, how they have seen you interact with children or youth or in an educational setting, and how they feel you will be as a teacher. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students. Please consult your admission counselor or enrollment specialist for details about submitting the letters of reference.
  7. An official score report from the SAT, ACT, GRE or Praxis Core (reading, writing, and math subtests) required. Cut scores required for licensure may vary by state.
  8. Complete TSPC character questionnaire.
  9. Acknowledgment Form (Online MAT only)
  10. An interview with two members of the College of Education. (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

On-campus MAT or MAT-Evening program:

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

Online MAT program:

  • Complete the application online and then your enrollment specialist will email you the appropriate documents to complete.
  • Transcripts: To submit official or unofficial transcripts use 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 PreK-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 or non-licensure/non-endorsement certificate applicants:

  • Complete the application online and then your enrollment specialist will email you the appropriate documents to complete.

  • Transcripts: To submit official or unofficial transcripts use one of the following methods:

  • On-campus, Flex online, or hybrid MEd applicants or certificate with licensure/endorsement 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 or professional writing. The sample should be approximately 5-10 pages, should demonstrate effective writing in terms of organization and flow, and reflect your ability to analyze and synthesize information to support your position or findings.

    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 then your enrollment specialist will email you the appropriate documents to complete.

    • Transcripts: To submit official or unofficial transcripts use one of the following methods:

    • 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 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 by 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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Check out the answers to our most common FAQs

Which program is right for me?

That depends! Our enrollment specialists and admission counselors are available to answer any questions you may have. But it’s ultimately up to you to determine whether a degree program meets your needs. We suggest contacting the appropriate state agency, state department of education, employer, or school district to make this determination.

How do I know if Concordia University-Portland offers quality programs?

Four words: Nonprofit. Accredited. History. Results. Affiliated with the Concordia University System, including 9 campuses located throughout the United States, Concordia University-Portland was founded more than 100 years ago and is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Delivering a quality education through our College of Education programs is our top priority, which is why our faculty is composed of practitioners with extensive industry experience and we are constantly refreshing our curricula.

Can I afford a degree?

Concordia offers and accepts numerous funding options, such as school-based scholarships, grants, federal financial aid, monthly payments, military benefits, and additional promotions to those candidates who qualify. We will provide you with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor who will discuss all your funding options, and we have a dedicated financial aid team that can answer your questions regarding federally funded programs. If you are employed, we also encourage you to check with your employer to see if they offer tuition reimbursement.

What are the advantages of starting my degree now?

The sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll be able to apply your new skills and knowledge to begin your career, advance in your current role or take on a new position. We understand the temptation of waiting for life to slow down, but does it ever? Investing in yourself and your career provides a great return on your investment! We can help you get started by streamlining the admissions process for our online programs. And throughout your degree experience, our Student Services team will be available to support you every step of the way.

Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below the program requirements?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, conditional admission may be provided to students who do not meet the GPA requirements; however, additional material and documentation will be required. GPA requirements vary by program. Please contact an enrollment specialist or admission counselor to discuss admission into your degree program of interest.

Is the GRE or other test score required?

No. At this time, we do not require a GRE score. However, for the Master of Arts in Teaching program, one of the following standardized tests is required by the State of Oregon: SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core.

Does completing a Master of Education degree program or a Master of Arts in Teaching program lead to state certification or licensure?

The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level in the state of Oregon.

What is a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree?

The MAT program will prepare candidates to teach at either the elementary level (Grades PreK-8) in a self-contained classroom or at the secondary level (Middle and High School) in a subject-specific class such as biology or social studies. Upon successful completion of the program, students are recommended for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License.

I would like to take courses online, but am unsure if I can do it. How does online learning work?

Many first-time online students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed compared to traditional in-class learning; however, we’ve found that after the first two weeks, students are often comfortable with online learning and enjoy its benefits and flexibility. We have resources we can show you before you even log in, and we offer outstanding student-focused support: you will have access to technical support and our Student Services team throughout your experience.

I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider an online program?

Yes. Online instruction is provided in a user-friendly format, based on proven, reliable technology. You should have a basic comfort level with computers and will need to be familiar with the most commonly used web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. In addition, you should be open to learning how to use any new technologies that your instructor chooses to incorporate into his/her course. And naturally, you’ll need a reliable computer and internet access to complete your coursework.

I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the accelerated online MEd program?

The accelerated online MEd online degree program offered by Concordia University is designed for in-service educators. The majority of students have a busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is 12-15 hours a week (max of 27 hours), which includes reading, posting on the Learning Management System, peer responses, and normally, submitting one assignment weekly. Check out this free guide we developed with tips for making an MEd program work within your busy lifestyle.

Can I apply to a Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?

Yes. We welcome students from all walks of life with various experiences and ambitions. We’ve graduated educational consultants, community supervisors, corporate trainers, and more.

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