Earn one of the nation’s leading Master of Education (MEd) degrees, 100% online or on campus in Portland, OR.

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 your master's degree in education. Our responsibility? To provide you with a program that fits your schedule, your career, and your heart.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering to students since 1905.

Earn your Master of Education from educators in the field

Concordia’s MEd programs, offered online and on-campus in Portland, Oregon, are designed specifically for in-service educators. All of our MEd faculty have a background in education, so you’ll learn from administrators and teachers who draw on the latest research, leading-edge theory, and their in-the-trenches experience to help you get the most out of your degree program. Courses are updated every 12-18 months to ensure the curriculum is timely and relevant.

You’ll interact closely with your peers and professors either on our welcoming campus in Portland, Oregon, or through Blackboard, our intuitive and easy-to-use online platform. Keeping cohort sizes small at Concordia has a big payoff: peers are supportive, professors are accessible, and it’s easy to foster lifelong friendships and mentorships.

Recognized by teachers nationwide for having the perfect balance of time-to-degree efficiency, academic rigor, and comprehensive student support, Concordia’s College of Education also values and promotes innovation.

That’s why in 2017, we created the nation’s first 3toPhD® community, a campus that houses a public PreK-8 school, our College of Education, medical services, a food club, and more. Health, safety, and education: precisely what today’s kids need and what teachers deserve.

The Master of Education in Administration degree provides the skills aspiring public and private school administrators need to assume school leadership roles. You’ll learn to leverage relationships to move schools forward, gain understanding of how to navigate the change process, collaborate in the design and implementation of effective professional staff development programs, be empowered by and better understand school law, and advocate for equity and access standards.

MEd in Administration courses (34 credit hours)
  • EDAD 560 - Human and Financial Resources (3)
  • EDAD 607 - Leading the School Community (3)
  • EDAD 622 - School Law (3)
  • EDAD 650 - Preliminary Administrative License Practicum (3) Prerequisites: EDGR 500 and EDAD 607
  • EDGR 500 - Professional Planning Seminar (PPS) (1)
  • EDGR 595 - Community of Learners (3)
  • EDGR 601 - Educational Research (3)
  • EDGR 605 - Instructional Leadership and Classroom Evaluation (3)
  • EDGR 609 - Strategies for Enhancing Achievement For All Students (3)
  • EDGR 626 - Organizational Change (3)

Please choose one of these two research capstone experiences:

  • EDGR 698 - Action Research (3)
  • EDGR 696 - Practitioner Inquiry (3)

Upon completion of the program, candidates will receive a Master of Education degree in Administration and will be eligible to apply for the Preliminary Administrator License (Pre-AL) from TSPC. Candidates completing the Preliminary Administrative Licensure Certificate program will be eligible to apply for the Preliminary Administrator License (Pre-AL) from TSPC.

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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.

The MEd in Career and Technical Education program requires 30 credit hours

MEd in Career and Technical Education Courses
24 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in CTE - Capstone
3 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Potential careers include:

  • Community college/high school relations coordinator
  • Community college instructor
  • Corporate trainer (e.g., agriculture, food and natural resources, arts, information and communications, business and management, health sciences, human resources, industry and engineering)
  • School to career coordinator (high school)
  • CTE middle or high school leadership position (dept. chair or team leader)
  • Work experience coordinator (high school or community college)
  • CTE specialist at an educational service district or state dept. of education
  • Workforce development coordinator
  • Community college or university undergraduate internship coordinator

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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The Curriculum & Instruction master's program features 16 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.

Concentrations:

Every student enrolled in the Curriculum & Instruction MEd program will take four core courses in addition to their specific concentration courses.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

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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.

MEd in Education Leadership Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Educational Leadership
12 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Potential careers include:

  • Division or department chair (K–12)
  • Higher education instructor in educational leadership
  • Assistant chief academic officer (public or private K–12)
  • Education consultant (public or private)
  • Public administrator (business, city government, college)
  • College student services director
  • Coordinator, running start program for high school students transitioning to college (community college)
  • Career pathways coordinator (community college)
  • Director, high school students/high school to college division (community college)
  • Director, career services (community college)
  • Director, college student relations division
  • Department chair—community college (various divisions)
  • Director, preschool (public or private)
  • Education advisor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) district or state school improvement team (K–12)
  • Education advisor, district superintendent's cabinet (K–12)

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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The Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education master's degree provides a comprehensive understanding of how to create learning environments that optimize the use of technologies. Through this program, MEd students explore theories and emerging issues about the integration of technologies while also fostering proficiency at researching and evaluating those technologies through the lens of cultural and spiritual equity.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Core Courses
15 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design: K-12 Education
12 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Capstone
3 credits

Please note: 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 toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Potential careers include:

  • E-learning administrator
  • Online curriculum director
  • Online learning director

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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Concordia’s MEd programs, offered online and on-campus in Portland, Oregon, are designed specifically for in-service educators. All of our MEd faculty have a background in education, so you’ll learn from administrators and teachers who draw on the latest research, leading-edge theory, and their in-the-trenches experience to help you get the most out of your degree program. Courses are updated every 12-18 months to ensure the curriculum is timely and relevant.

You’ll interact closely with your peers and professors either on our welcoming campus in Portland, Oregon, or through Blackboard, our intuitive and easy-to-use online platform. Keeping cohort sizes small at Concordia has a big payoff: peers are supportive, professors are accessible, and it’s easy to foster lifelong friendships and mentorships.

Recognized by teachers nationwide for having the perfect balance of time-to-degree efficiency, academic rigor, and comprehensive student support, Concordia’s College of Education also values and promotes innovation.

That’s why in 2017, we created the nation’s first 3toPhD® community, a campus that houses a public PreK-8 school, our College of Education, medical services, a food club, and more. Health, safety, and education: precisely what today’s kids need and what teachers deserve.

Seeking state teaching 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 and other professionals 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 Interventionist, ESOL, or Health/PE).

ONLINE, ON-CAMPUS, OR HYBRID EXPERIENCE? THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

Earn your master's degree in education in the way that best fits your life and preferred learning style. Concordia offers several program options for in-service educators: on campus, accelerated online learning, or hybrid (a mix of both class options).

Not all programs are offered in every modality. Please review the program information carefully or consult with an enrollment specialist or admission counselor in order to better understand your scheduling options.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

See what skills you can expect to gain with a Concordia Master's in education

MEd Program Goals & Objectives

No matter which of Concordia's programs you choose — from the on-campus MEd in Administration to any of the one-year online Master of Education programs — 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
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.
DENISE DEMPSEY, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Online Teaching & Learning

WHY EARN A CONCORDIA MASTER'S DEGREE IN EDUCATION

Proven results, capstone choices, and more

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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-two percent of our online MEd grads are satisfied with their program curriculum

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

Ninety-six percent of online MEd grads reported strengthened in-depth knowledge of their field or discipline

Ninety-five percent reported gains in professional skills and techniques

Ninety-four percent reported 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-two percent of our online MEd grads are satisfied with their program curriculum

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

Ninety-six percent of online MEd grads reported strengthened in-depth knowledge of their field or discipline

Ninety-five percent reported gains in professional skills and techniques

Ninety-four percent reported 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 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.

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.

Denise Dempsey

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.”

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Common FAQs About Our MEd Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are rich in practical, discipline-specific information. This honed-in focus presents an advantage for college students who wish to strengthen their subject matter knowledge. MATs can be excellent options for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in another field looking to switch careers.

In comparison, MEd degrees often require more theoretical coursework and offer a fuller understanding of the teaching profession as a whole including pedagogy, specific instructional strategies for an area of concentration, and education leadership. In addition, a Master of Education degree may be the first stage in education doctoral programs, enabling interested students to pursue further advanced study at a later date.

The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level in the state of Oregon.

The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential. These programs are intended for practicing educators and other professionals who seek to enhance their skills and who may need to use credits toward professional development. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to enable candidates to enter the teaching profession at the Preliminary Teaching License level in the state of Oregon.

While many students in our MEd programs are teachers, we also have students who work in higher education and non-profits that are focused on education. The skills learned in this program are applicable for K-12 schools but also transferable to any organization that focuses on the field of education.

At Concordia University-Portland, the MEd is designed to strengthen the leadership skills for people who are either currently working in K-12 schools as licensed teachers or as professionals in other education-focused organizations. It is not designed for initial teacher licensure. Concordia also offers an MA in Teaching that is a teacher preparation program. It is available at our Portland, Oregon campus and prepares students to be a licensed teacher in the state of Oregon. For those not located near Portland Oregon and who are seeking licensure in other states we recommend that you visit your state’s department of education website for a list of their requirements and local teacher preparation programs.

NOTE: some colleges label their teacher preparation programs as Master’s of Education while other label them Master’s in Teaching or other similar names. Make sure to read the details of what a state requires in their teacher prep programs (student teaching, state testing, etc.) rather than just searching by an acronym as they may represent completely different 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.

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. We also require proof of work history or a resume. You can learn more in our admissions section.

Yes. We welcome students from all walks of life with various experiences and ambitions. We’ve graduated educational consultants, community supervisors, corporate trainers, and more.

We welcome individuals with various experiences and ambitions. We’ve graduated educational consultants, community supervisors, corporate trainers, and more. You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

Please contact an admission counselor at 503-280-8501 to discuss which programs will best fit your needs. Some programs provide additional licensure or endorsements for Oregon and Washington educators. You and your school must meet certain qualifications to pursue additional licensure, and our counselors will be happy to discuss your options on the phone or in-person.

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.

The accelerated online MEd online degree program offered by Concordia University is designed for in-service educators. The majority of students have a busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is 12-15 hours a week, which includes reading, posting on the Learning Management System, peer responses, and normally, submitting one assignment weekly. 

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.

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

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.

Please contact your admission counselor or enrollment specialist for more information.

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.

OPPORTUNITIES

Open more doors with a master's degree in education

What are potential career opportunities with a master's degree in education?

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 with a master's degree in education?

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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