MEd Application Advice from Concordia’s Assistant Director of Online Admissions
Made the decision to apply to one of Concordia’s online Master of Education programs? Good for you! Earning an advanced degree will be extremely rewarding and beneficial for you, your career, and the students who rely on you to show them the ways of the world. As you dig into the application, consider this information and advice from Mariana Toscano, Concordia’s Assistant Director of Online Admissions who thoughtfully reviews each application sent her way. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Follow the prompts.
Sounds like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised at how many people write what they think we want to hear in the Statement of Intent, and completely miss that we ask three specific questions. (That doesn’t bode well for their ability to show attention to detail!) The three questions we ask that you respond to in the Statement are:
- 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).
Another item of note: some programs may require supplemental materials, like a character questionnaire form for Oregon and Washington residents. Ask your enrollment specialist for specifics if you don’t see anything noted about this.
Be authentic, be honest, be yourself.
In all of your answers, there’s no need to embellish or heighten your goals if, for example, you don’t think they’re lofty enough. We really want to know: Do you honestly want to help transform society — no matter how big or small your goals? Do your goals align with our mission? Why Concordia and not somewhere else? What about Concordia fits your needs? By being completely true to yourself, you’ll know that receiving an acceptance means you’re exactly who we’re looking for, that you should be able to do very well in your program, and that you’ll meet other like-minded peers who you’ll quickly connect with.
From your Work History Form to your Statement of Intent, right down to your name — remember, your first and last name should appear on all application materials — make sure everything is grammatically correct, spelled the right way, and without any typos. Feel free to have a fresh set of eyes, like your colleague or spouse, give it a second look to catch anything you might be missing. This is your first impression with the admissions team; make it great!
Just in case, we wanted to add a note here about licensure. It’s a common misconception that all MEd programs lead to initial teaching licensure. Our MAT program does, but our MEd programs do not. If you aren’t looking for initial licensure and perhaps you are already a teacher, proceed! Otherwise, we invite you to check out Concordia’s MAT program.
Mariana is ready and waiting to see what you’ve got. A reminder of what you’ll need:
- Completed online application
- 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.
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher*.
- Your Statement of Intent
- Supplemental materials, depending on program