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If you’re curious yet uneasy about earning a graduate degree online, we get where you’re coming from. There are so many programs to sort through and for-profit scams to avoid. But when you find a high-quality, non-profit university that offers innovative programs on campus and online, that’s an option worth exploring. What better place to… Read More

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Concordia University-Portland’s main website. Expectations were high as the eagerly awaited 3 to PhD facility opened its doors this past August. After years of planning, the innovative new educational model had the eyes – and hopes – of a whole community resting on it. So, how is it… Read More

Thinking of enrolling in Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program? This blog post is for you. For a closer look at one of the concentration courses in this program—offered 100% online—we talked to Juliana Smith, ESOL specialist and an associate professor with Concordia’s College of Education…. Read More

We’ve mentioned before that it took several partners to help Concordia University’s College of Education and the Faubion School come to life and become what it is today: a groundbreaking facility that brings preK-8 and higher education learners together under one roof, with wraparound services in the medical, dental, and mental health arenas to help us address… Read More

Doctorate of Education Advice from Concordia Students & Alumni

By Concordia Faculty April 16, 2018

Whether you’re just about to embark on Concordia University-Portland’s EdD program or you’re still deciding if our leadership-focused approach is right for you, there’s no one better to give you advice than those who have already gone through it. See what the EdD students and alumni in our private Facebook community said about their doctorate… Read More

When you’re in the market for a new car, you go for a test drive. When you’re deliberating restaurant options, you check out the menus. When you’re in the market for a master’s degree? Sample the classes. In our new series on the Room 241 blog, we’re asking Concordia faculty to give you a closer… Read More

5 Distinctive Reasons to Choose Concordia’s STEAM Concentration

By Sarah Elliott, EdD January 17, 2018

When you whip up a concoction of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, the results can be utterly powerful. Through STEAM projects, students learn creativity, innovation, practical knowledge, and blue-sky thinking. They seek answers, solve problems, and gain a collection of skills coveted by 21st-century employers. Without question, STEAM is where it’s at. And a… Read More

One of your students has started acting out in class. Another is suddenly reserved. You’re observing these changes in their behavior and academic performance, but you can’t figure out why. Among the many possible explanations? Trauma. Perhaps they’re dealing with a traumatic event outside of your classroom walls—like their parents getting divorced, a parent going… Read More

Although every prospective Doctorate of Education candidate has their own personal and professional reasons for advancing their career, and while they hail from a variety of different workplace settings—schools, hospitals, nonprofits—for the most part, it’s safe to say that most share something very special in common: they’re eager to lead. Is it your turn now to… Read More

The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 3, 2017

One of the most popular online MEd programs at Concordia is the Curriculum & Instruction degree with a concentration in STEAM—and we’re not surprised. As STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech, engineering, and math. In fact,… Read More

You Know You’re An Early Childhood Educator When…

By Room 241 Team October 30, 2017

One of the best parts of connecting with other educators in the same field as you is sharing inside jokes, stories, and daily occurrences you can all relate to. And when that field is early childhood education, those moments can get pretty hilarious. Here are some signs you’re a true-blue, tried-and-tested early childhood educator. You… Read More

A Typical Week for a Concordia Online MEd Student

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 20, 2017

There’s no doubt that earning a master’s degree takes dedication and time management. Teachers ask us all the time, “How do I balance getting a master’s while working 40-plus hours a week?” “How long will it take?” and “What are the expectations?” So we put together this infographic that details a typical week for a… Read More

One of the top reasons Concordia’s online students choose to study virtually is because they’re holding full-time jobs; balancing a career, lifestyle, and graduate program is much easier when you can log in to class at any time of day. But what about opportunities to study outside the country? As an online student, you can… Read More

3 to PhD: Concordia’s Revolutionary Education Model

By The Room 241 Team August 10, 2017

It all started in 2008 with a knock on the window. It was LaShawn Lee’s first day as principal of Faubion School in Portland, Oregon. She had just been told that there was next to nothing with regards to funding for her students, 80% of whom were part of the free and reduced lunch program…. Read More

President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate program prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With a sharp focus on 21st-century skill sets, the program aims to expand STEM access to all students. Though many business leaders agree that workplace diversity is crucial to innovation, recent data shows that  STEM industries have a long way to… Read More