Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Concordia University-Portland specializes in the education of educators. Our certificate programs are ideal for working professionals interested in mastery of a particular subject area, teaching discipline, or set of competencies.

For questions about our licensure and non-licensure certificates, start dates, application criteria, funding opportunities, career outcomes, and more, connect with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor now. Or just start the application process. (It’s free and takes only a few minutes.)

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.

  • Certificate programs
  • Certificate programs

Certificates, Endorsements, and Licensures

  • 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 in the professional field to which your degree aligns (e.g. PreK-12 education, higher education, corporate training). Provide an example. What action should educators or professionals 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.

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:

Certificate with Licensure/Endorsement applicants (OR/WA only):

  • 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

Certificate: Non-Licensure/Non-Endorsement 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:

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

  • Online Admission Office – Processing Center
    3600 E University Drive
    Phoenix, AZ 85034

Pre-AL and Pro-AL Administrator Licenses

  • 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.

  • 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)

Please also provide the following:

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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

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 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, '17
MEd in C&I: Methods and Curriculum

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 Certificate 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 for the Certificate programs:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based score - 80; paper-based score - 550

  • 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.

    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.

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

I was impressed with Concordia and the expertise of the enrollment department. The online opportunity was the deciding factor.

Tina Wilson, '10
MEd in Educational Leadership

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Check out the answers to our most common FAQs

What are the delivery options for licensure and certificate programs?

Courses for add-on certificate and licensure programs are only available for those working in Oregon or Washington, and most courses can be taken on campus, online, or as a combination of both.
Non-licensure/non-endorsement certificate courses are offered fully online and are available to students in any state.

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. Plus we offer numerous academic resources that our students can use for research purposes.

Is the GRE or other test score required?

There is no GRE score or other testing requirements necessary to enroll in our graduate Certificate programs.

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 program of interest.

What are the advantages of starting my certificate program 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.

How can I afford this program?

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.

Does Concordia offer post-graduate seminar credits?

Yes! Concordia University is proud to partner with Dr. Becky Bailey, an international expert, publisher in early childhood education and development and the creator of Conscious Discipline, to provide graduate seminar credit for her workshops. Learn more on our Professional Development Conferences page.