There’s a reason you began teaching. To shape futures. To encourage dreams. To guide students. Whatever your motivation, you’re here to nurture it—and that happens to be what we do best.

Concordia University-Portland has been educating educators for more than 110 years and recognizes how important teachers are to students, their families, and society as a whole. The future of our world sits in your classroom every day—that’s a big responsibility. It’s no wonder you want to earn an MEd. Our responsibility? To provide you with a program that fits your schedule, your career, and your heart.

Earn your MEd in one year, fully online

Each of our three career-focused MEd programs and 18 different concentrations is taught 100% online—no fieldwork required—and most programs can be completed in just one year. Take one course at a time for five weeks, log in any time of day, and enjoy built-in breaks.

You’ll learn from principals, administrators, and other teachers with in-the-trenches experience using leading-edge theory and user-friendly online tools to help you get the most out of your course experience. And you’ll interact closely with your peers and professors through Blackboard—an easy-to-use platform—potentially fostering friendships and mentorships to last a lifetime.

Concordia University-Portland’s MEd programs are recognized by teachers nationwide for having the perfect balance of time-to-degree efficiency, academic rigor, and comprehensive student support.

The Career & Technical Education master's degree is designed for licensed or qualified prospective career and technical education (CTE) teachers at the middle or high school level. In this program, you’ll select a career and technical education research topic and investigate, apply, demonstrate, and disseminate your knowledge and skills in a capstone project of your choice.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEd IN CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The Curriculum & Instruction master's program features 18 concentrations for teachers wanting to specialize in a specific field. MEd students in this program learn to apply research theory and best practices in their classroom, modify instructional plans to accommodate diverse classrooms, and promote alternative goals and strategies.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEd IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

The Educational Leadership master's degree provides the skills teachers need to take on a leadership role in their school system. Through this program, MEd students learn to design and implement curriculum, integrate technology, and use research-based best practices to assess classroom and school environments.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEd IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Seeking state certification or licensure?

Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way to a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential. These programs are intended for practicing educators who seek to enhance their skills and who may need to use credits toward professional development.

Note: For candidates living in Oregon or Washington, Concordia offers MEd and Certificate programs to licensed teachers that include a practicum and lead to additional licensure (Administration, Reading, ESOL or Health/PE).

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

See what skills you can expect to gain with a Concordia MEd

MEd Program Goals & Objectives

No matter which of Concordia's online Master of Education programs you choose, upon completion you’ll meet and demonstrate the general program objectives including:

  • An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers in the classroom, the school, the district, and the profession
  • Skills in developing, implementing, and assisting curricular and instructional plans that integrate disciplines, apply current educational research findings, encourage parental involvement, consider students' current developmental levels, and exhibit sensitivity to individual student differences and cultural backgrounds
  • Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching, learning, and administering
  • Values, ethics, beliefs, and attitudes that achieve the educational goals of the state, district, and local school communities
The professors were phenomenal. They were personable, understood we were humans with human issues, and worked with us.
JOY STRAUB, MEd in Educational Leadership

WHY EARN A CONCORDIA MEd

Proven results, capstone choices, and more

When it comes to the number of lives you could influence with your MEd in hand, the math teacher in us would say: x = infinity. The advantages range from specialized knowledge, to increased professional networking, to more career opportunities. But we like tangible numbers too, so here are a few:

Eighty-seven percent of our online MEd graduates surveyed report career benefits as a result of earning their MEd, including but not limited to: higher pay, promotions, and increased job security

Ninety-three percent of our online students agree that their tuition is a worthwile investment

Ninety-three percent of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall program experience

Ninety-seven percent reported significant gains in in-depth knowledge of their field or discipline

Ninety-five percent reported significant gains in professional skills and techniques

Ninety-four percent reported significant gains in self-esteem and self-confidence

Eighty-seven percent of our online MEd graduates surveyed report career benefits as a result of earning their MEd, including but not limited to: higher pay, promotions, and increased job security

Ninety-three percent of our online students agree that their tuition is a worthwile investment

Ninety-three percent of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall program experience

Ninety-seven percent reported significant gains in in-depth knowledge of their field or discipline

Ninety-five percent reported significant gains in professional skills and techniques

Ninety-four percent reported significant gains in self-esteem and self-confidence

All candidates in the Concordia University-Portland MEd programs will complete a required capstone research experience. In most programs, you’ll have your choice of an Action Research course, a Thesis course, or a Practitioner Inquiry course.

Action Research

During the Action Research course, candidates learn more about action research methodology, complete final edits of the literature review, and design a complete action research proposal, including data collection methods and analysis approaches. The developed proposal will not be implemented with students/participants during the course.

The Action Research experience provides candidates with requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called “Action Research” in their classroom, school, district, or other work environment. The design of the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.

Thesis

The Thesis option offers candidates the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The candidate will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.

Practitioner Inquiry

The Practitioner Inquiry course focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her or his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers.

MEET DENISE DEMPSEY ’16,

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: Online Teaching & Learning

“My Enrollment Specialist was extremely helpful and one of the reasons why I signed up; she helped me figure out it was a good fit for me.”

READ HER Q&A

OPPORTUNITIES

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What are the potential career opportunities?

Many teachers leverage what they learn in their MEd program in their current profession—enhancing their teaching or, say, becoming a department head. There are also a lot of potential careers available to MEd degree holders outside of the classroom. A few examples:

  • Reading or literacy coach
  • Higher education instructor in the teaching of reading
  • Adolescent literacy consultant
  • Adolescent literacy program advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Reading tutor specializing in adolescent literacy
  • Director of curriculum & instruction (K-12)
  • Professional development leader (K-12)
  • Division or department chair (K-12)

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(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state department of education for more details.)

What could my salary jump to?

It’s a question we get often: How much does a teacher with a master’s degree make?

The salary of a teacher with a master's degree varies greatly by state and district, but according to the National Council on Teacher Quality’s district policy database, various districts across the U.S. have reported more than $5,000 available in annual pay available for master-level educators. Consult your district’s salary schedule to determine how much your paycheck may increase by earning your MEd.

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