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For aspiring educational leaders, the path ahead offers both exciting opportunities and interesting challenges. Today’s school leaders have an extensive and important set of responsibilities, including instructional leadership, program and personnel evaluation, staffing, budgeting, data analysis, school improvement planning, professional development, employee and student discipline, and providing equitable, welcoming, and supportive environments for all types of learners. Principals and assistant principals must be strong communicators, ethical decision makers, and collaborative thinkers, as well as effective instructional leaders and organizational managers.
Concordia’s MEd in Administration is for experienced, licensed educators with at least three years of teaching experience who wish to become principals in the state of Oregon by earning a master’s degree and a Preliminary Administrator License (Pre-AL). This degree program has been designed to meet the National Education Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards. Candidates who already hold a master’s degree may pursue the Preliminary Administrator License by itself. Concordia’s program has reciprocity with licensure in the state of Washington, too.
Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by experienced practitioners, all of Concordia’s MEd programs reflect the passion and commitment to excellence that has marked our 110-year history. Clearly defined coursework—paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own classroom or school—makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits—from higher pay to promotions—are second only to the reward of having a lasting impact on the lives of your students.
Note: TSPC has recently approved a redesigned system of preparing and licensing school and district administrators in Oregon. Learn more about the TSPC Oregon Administrator License Redesign.
Program completers will show competency with Oregon’s six administrator standards:
1. Visionary leadership
2. Instructional improvement
3. Effective management
4. Inclusive practice (equity)
5. Ethical leadership
6. Socio-political context
All courses are aligned with these standards as well as the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL, 2015) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP, 2018) standards, building level.
The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.
Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.
The 3 to PhD® campus is home to our College of Education as well as to urban, diverse Faubion School—and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. This means that as an MEd student, if you take courses on campus at Concordia, your classrooms are just down the hall from the Faubion classrooms. The College of Education faculty and staff who helped develop 3 to PhD® are innovators in teaching and learning, providing practical application of the latest best practices in education.
A groundbreaking new model of education, the 3 to PhD initiative powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action—a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.READ MORE ABOUT 3toPhD
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.