Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Concordia University-Portland is revitalizing and empowering educators to be resilient and serve with compassion. We look for MEd candidates who would like to enhance their skills, deepen their understanding, and positively impact their students’ lives.

For questions about our MEd program options and modalities, start dates, application criteria, funding opportunities, career outcomes, and more, connect with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor now. Or go ahead and start the application process. (It’s free and takes just 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.

  • MEd programs
  • MEd programs

Master of Education (MEd)

  • 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:

Accelerated online MEd 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:

  • 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

MEd in Administration (OR/WA only)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Complete the TSPC-required Personal Character Questionnaire.

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.

International students (anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) will need to fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission into one of our MEd 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

  • All foreign transcripts will need to be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation partner to assess equivalence to a degree from the U.S. (see list of transcript evaluation partners on this page).

Proof of English proficiency may be fulfilled by a required writing sample. 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. If the writing sample does not prove a sufficient mastery of English, the student may be asked to submit scores from the TOEFL or ILETS exams.

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 is the difference between Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees?

Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are rich in practical, discipline-specific information. Concordia’s MAT program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level in the state of Oregon. MAT programs can be excellent options for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in another field looking to switch careers.

In comparison, MEd degree programs often require more theoretical coursework and offer a fuller understanding of the teaching profession as a whole including pedagogy, specific instructional strategies for an area of concentration, and education leadership. These programs are intended for practicing educators and other professionals who seek to enhance their skills and who may need to use credits toward professional development. Concordia’s MEd programs are not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential, with the exception of the MEd in Administration. A Master of Education degree may be the first stage in education doctoral programs, enabling interested students to pursue further advanced study at a later date.

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

We welcome individuals from all walks of life with various experiences and ambitions. We’ve graduated educational consultants, community supervisors, corporate trainers, and more. While many students in our MEd programs are teachers, we also have students who work in higher education and nonprofits that are focused on education. The skills learned in this program are applicable for PreK-12 schools, but also transferrable to organizations that focus on the field of education. You do not need to be a practicing teacher to apply to this program.

Is there a difference between on-campus and online learning?

Many of the same proven instructional strategies that provide a rich context for learning in a traditional classroom have online counterparts. While the form of interaction and engagement may be different, the same principles apply. In addition, many would argue that a technology mediated learning environment can provide a very rich level of learner-to-learner interaction and learner-to-instructor interaction. If you are a student in one of our online courses, you have the convenience of being able to study when your schedule permits, and you are one of a group of students who are constantly in contact with each another (and with your instructor) via the online classroom. Whether you study on-campus or online, your courses are fully accredited and will look the same on your transcript and diploma.

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. 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. 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 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, 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.

I’m a licensed teacher in Oregon or Washington, how do I know what program is right for me?

Please contact an admission counselor at 503-280-8501 to discuss which programs will best fit your needs. Some of our graduate-level programs provide additional licensure or endorsements for Oregon and Washington educators. You and your school must meet certain qualifications to pursue additional licensure, and our counselors will be happy to discuss your options on the phone or in-person.

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 in 1905 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 and experts 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 Master of Education 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 degree program of interest.

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.

How 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. Check out this free e-book with more tips for lowering the cost of your MEd degree.

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.