MEd in Curriculum & Instruction

Students rely on educators to keep them engaged and in love with learning. At the same time, schools rely on them to address their biggest needs, fill gaps, and serve their community as best they can. With an area of expertise, you’ll answer both calls—while also furthering your own passion for a specific topic. If all of that excites you, you’ll love this program.

Concordia University-Portland’s Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) program offers 15 concentrations to choose from, most of which can be completed in just one year. No matter which option you pursue, you’ll receive the individualized attention necessary to support your professional goal of enriching your talents in a specific field.

Accredited, nonprofit, and built on a century of experience, Concordia University in Portland empowers educators through MEd programs with market-driven courses, an engaging faculty of practitioners, and flexible on-campus, online, and hybrid formats that fit busy lifestyles. Clearly defined coursework, realistic deadlines, and the ability to immediately apply what you learn at Concordia in your own classroom make it easy to grow as a high-impact educator.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

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Choose from 15 concentrations

In our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree program, you can select one of 15 concentrations or opt for our dual concentration program.

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Adolescent Literacy program addresses the crisis in adolescent literacy in America’s sixth- through 12th-grade students.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education program is for those who have a strong passion for teaching young children and who believe that children learn best through active, hands-on learning.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology Leadership program prepares candidates for leadership roles implementing education technologies in PreK–12 classrooms and community college settings.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education program prepares PreK–12 educators as specialists in the study of the Earth’s environment.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is for those who want to develop instructional strategies that promote learning for students whose native language is not English.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Health and Physical Education program is for those who want to expand their knowledge and enhance leadership, curriculum development, assessment, and program planning skills in health education and PE.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom program provides general education teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to work with students with disabilities mainstreamed or fully included in general education classrooms.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership program is for candidates interested in transformative leadership roles in the field of education other than in educational administration.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics program is for teachers in PreK through grade 12 who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in mathematics.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Methods and Curriculum program is designed for candidates whose goal is to develop expertise in teaching expectations and student achievement.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist program strengthens and polishes instructional skills for the teaching of reading in the general education classroom and for becoming a literacy teacher leader.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Science program is for teachers in PreK through grade 12 who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in science.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies program is for teachers (PreK–12) who want to develop a concrete understanding of the integration of the social studies curriculum with project-based learning.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM program provides PreK–12 teachers with the ability to connect their transformative education practices with the scientific and mathematical principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry.

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The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings is for those who want to identify and support students affected by trauma, while also caring for themselves.

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Dual Concentration Option

With Concordia’s dual concentration program, you can choose two areas of study and graduate with one degree and two concentrations. Some concentrations vary in the number of concentration courses; your student services advisor will be able to help you plan your course of study.

On-Campus, Online, and Hybrid Options

Concordia offers Master of Education program on our campus in Portland, Oregon; online; or hybrid (in a mix of both these class options). Not all programs are offered in all modalities.


MEd in Curriculum & Instruction Core Courses

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
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.


Please note that Teacher Leadership candidates will take EDGR 506 in lieu of EDGR 502

* In lieu of EDGR 502, Teacher Leadership candidates will complete EDGR 506
3 credits
EDGR 506 (3)
Character and the Ethics of Leadership
Organizational leadership is a social phenomenon that occurs when leaders interact with the collective values and vision of others in the organization. Candidates will explore contemporary models of ethical organizational leadership, synthesize a personal statement of vocation informed by their leadership values and assumptions, and test their synthesis against a variety of assignments and practical experiences. The course also provides a forum where candidates enjoy the opportunity to identify and consider their own character, personal values, and workplace ethics. Each will develop an understanding of the critical need for ethical leadership in one's professional, personal and family life, and will appreciate the vital importance of living and modeling such values and, perhaps most importantly, of serving others.

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.

The professors were phenomenal. They were personable, understood we were humans with human issues, and worked with us.
JOY STRAUB, MEd in Educational Leadership
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