Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Concordia University-Portland is a trailblazer in the field of education, making it the perfect place to start your career in teaching. We look for students who are eager to get into the classroom early and often, want to make an impact, and believe in the power of education.

For questions about class start dates, application criteria, funding opportunities, career outcomes, and more, connect with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor now. Or you could jump right in by starting the application process. (It’s free and takes just a few minutes to complete.)

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 College of Education undergraduate programs.

  • Undergrad degrees: BA
  • Undergrad degrees: BS

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.
  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

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from each degree-granting institution previously attended. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia to request official transcripts on your behalf.
  • Applicants must have at least 12 semester credits or 18 quarter credits complete, preferably including a 100-level math course and WR 121.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher*.
  • Résumé showing work experience
  • Completed background disclaimer

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.

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.

I loved the personal connections that I could make with other students and with the staff.

Tina Lageson,
BS in ECE

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 undergraduate programs.

The same requirements as U.S. citizens/permanent residents (online application and official transcripts), plus the following additions:

Test scores

Submit either an SAT-I or ACT score, and also submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Required minimums:

  • SAT: 480 on Critical Reading portion

  • ACT: composite of 18

  • TOEFL: 71

  • IELTS: 6.0

The Concordia University–Portland code numbers for the tests are:

  • SAT Code: 4079

  • ACT Code: 3458

  • TOEFL: 4079

Successful completion of ELS 112 will also serve as test scores.

Additional steps

Once you are admitted and have made your tuition deposit you will be asked to submit the following:

If you are transferring a visa from another school within the United States, send a copy of your current I-20 and the US Transfer Information form (pdf) signed by the International Student Advisor at that school.

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 felt strongly that what I was doing would change lives and make an impact.

KIMBERLY MCCAFFREY, '19
BA in Elementary Education

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.

What endorsements are available in the Bachelor of Arts in Education program?

Students who want to teach in grades Pre-K through 8 would select the elementary education program. Students who want to teach at the middle or high school level would select the secondary education program and build proficiency in at least one specific subject area, commonly called an endorsement.

What are the secondary education endorsement options?

Concordia offers the following endorsement options for secondary education:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics (Foundational and Advanced)
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies

Students may select the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement in addition to one of the endorsement areas listed above. Please see the program director for further information.

Will I receive a teaching license upon graduation from the Bachelor of Arts in Education program?

Yes, upon completion of the BA in Education degree program, graduates are eligible for a preliminary teaching license. All professional education and endorsement area coursework, clinical experiences, testing requirements, and edTPA portfolio must be successfully completed to be recommended for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License. The BS in Early Childhood Education program does not lead to licensure.

What are the testing requirements for preliminary licensure?

All students are required to have taken and passed each of the following tests:

  • Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment
  • Elementary Subtest 1 and 2 (NES) (elementary only)
  • Endorsement Tests (secondary only)

All test information can be obtained from the following website: www.orela.nesinc.com

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.

What is the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society?

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society organized to recognize scholarship and excellence in education. Each spring new students may be inducted into Concordia’s College of Education chapter if they obtain an overall GPA of 3.3 for undergraduates and 3.7 for graduates and meet all other chapter requirements. Visit the Kappa Delta Pi webpage for more information.

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.

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.

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.