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If you want to show that your knowledge, skills, and dedication to education go beyond the ordinary, it’s time to consider a certificate program. Earning a graduate-level certificate from Concordia University-Portland will set you apart — and put you ahead. Concordia offers a range of certificate programs designed for working professionals interested in deepening their understanding of a specific subject area, teaching discipline, or set of competencies.

Taught by experienced practitioners who stay current on the needs of today’s classrooms, schools, and communities, Concordia’s certificate programs will connect you, either on-campus or online, with peers equally committed to the success of their students — and their own success.

Learn more about the programs we offer:

Our certificate programs for preliminary and professional administrative licensure are designed for educators with a current Oregon or Washington teaching license who desire to move into administrative positions. The practicum will allow candidates to develop and demonstrate leadership skills in professional contexts.

Our certificate programs with add-on endorsements are geared toward the professional advancement of teachers with an existing Oregon or Washington teaching license. Courses may be offered online or on campus depending on the program and will include a practicum which you may be able to complete in your own school.

Our non-licensure/non-endorsement certificate programs provide in-depth expertise and build theoretical and practical knowledge that can be immediately applied in your classroom, school, or program. All courses are offered completely online, do not include a practicum, and can be completed in less than eight months.


Common FAQs About Our Certificate 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.

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. And throughout your experience, our Student Services team will be available to support you every step of the way.

There is no GRE score or other testing requirements necessary to enroll in our MEd, EdD or certificate programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In most cases, yes. Oregon has very strict guidelines and high standards for teacher licensure. Because of this, we hold reciprocity with most states in the country. Very often, a different state will simply require paperwork and fees to obtain a license in that state. Sometimes, the new state required tests, and will also require a state history course or other basic courses to be completed as part of its licensing agreement. It is often easier to be licensed in Oregon and transfer that license elsewhere than vice versa.

Yes! Once you receive your MAT, you may begin coursework for additional endorsements or licensure. You will receive the 20% alumni grant for these programs and may also be eligible for tuition assistance from the school district that hires you.