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MEd in Educational Leadership

When you start to feel like there’s more that you can be doing in your workplace, when you start dreaming of big ways to up the student success factor at your school, when you’re eager to support your colleagues in their own development—that’s when you’re ready to become a leader. The only thing you need to shepherd others through changes big and small is the know-how to do so effectively—and a master’s degree that people respect.

Concordia’s MEd in Educational Leadership program will prepare you for more influential roles in both the PreK–12 and higher education spaces. Using relevant, constantly updated curriculum, our faculty of seasoned practitioners will provide you with the best in theory and practice to help you deliver quality learning experiences for your students, an enriching environment for other educators, and a supportive network for parents and the community at large.

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—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. If you wish to become a licensed administrator, consider Concordia's MEd in Administration program.

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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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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One year
Earn your MEd on a schedule that fits your life.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
91% of MEd students say that Concordia's Portland campus experience is having a significant impact on their professional development.
10,000-strong alumni
10,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
97% of MEd students say they are satisfied with their academic program experience.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia University MEd programs, successful candidates in the MEd in Educational Leadership program will demonstrate skills in:
Curriculum Design

Curriculum Design

Designing and implementing curriculum or school-based instructional initiatives that reflect current knowledge of research and trends in technology and academic content for all learners

Consulting and Assessment

Consulting and Assessment

Consulting, being able to assess the classroom and school environments, and making appropriate, research-based recommendations for school and classroom improvement

Effective Mentorship for Students

Effective Mentorship for Students

Providing leadership that encourages academic and personal excellence for students through effective mentorship of educational professionals that is responsive to individual, classroom, school, and community diversity

Leadership to Support Colleagues

Leadership to Support Colleagues

Providing classroom and/or school-based leadership to support colleagues in the faculty development process

Developing a Collaborative Environment

Developing a Collaborative Environment

Taking a leadership role in developing a collaborative work environment that incorporates the use of research-based best practices

REQUIRED COURSES

MEd in Educational Leadership (30 Credit Hours)

  • EDGR 506 - Character and the Ethics of Leadership (3)
  • EDGR 535 - Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDGR 595 - Community of Learners (3)
  • EDGR 602 - Contemporary Educational Thought (3)
  • EDGR 620 - School and Community Partnerships (3)
  • EDCI 593 - Case Studies in Law and Ethics (3)
  • EDGR 607 - Strategies for Enhancing Student Achievement (3)
  • EDGR 626 - Organizational Change (3/p>)
  • EDGR 601 - Educational Research (3)

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.

SELECT ONE CAPSTONE COURSE:

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

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.

3toPhD

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.

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I found myself so excited each week just to see what the reading would be, so I could use it in my classroom. It was very rewarding. I never expected it to be so aligned with what I was doing daily.
ANDRE'-MAR'QUIZ MITCHELL-FRANKLIN, MEd in Educational Leadership '18

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

What makes this program so relevant today

Though varying by state, Career and Technical Education generally embodies these sixteen career clusters, which have numerous jobs and skills attached to each:

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Architecture & Construction
  3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  4. Business Management & Administration
  5. Education & Training
  6. Finance
  7. Government & Public Administration
  8. Health Sciences
  9. Hospitality & Tourism
  10. Human Services
  11. Information Technology
  12. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  13. Manufacturing
  14. Marketing
  15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Source: Career Tech:

CTE is not limited to vocational training or entry-level job preparation. Rather, CTE offers 21st-century tools and education students need to succeed in college and their future careers.

  • Employability Skills
  • Vocational Skills
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Time-management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Social Skills
  • Collaboration
  • Organizational
  • Work Ethic
  • Professionalism
  • Persistence

Career and Technical Education is essential because all learners deserve access to the skills needed to succeed in college and the job market. Integrating 21st-century know-how and CTE in classroom instruction is key to making this happen.

  • Almost every high school student takes at least one CTE course; 25% of students take three or more courses in a single program area. One-third of college students are involved in CTE programs, and as many as 40 million adults engage in short-term post-secondary occupational training.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90%, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 75%.
  • The Obama administration regarded CTE as a way to “prepare all students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, for further education and cutting-edge careers.”
  • CTE classes improve student outcomes by improving graduation rates and enrollment in advanced math and science coursework, and increasing earnings potential after graduation.
  • “While overall younger workers are ‘tech junkies,’ they lack the talent qualifications or even interest in careers centered on designing, making, repairing, or applying and managing many 21st-century technologies.”
    Winning the Global Talent Showdown by Edward E. Gordon, 2009
  • During the early years of high school, participation in CTE courses may provide the building blocks for later learning by teaching college and career readiness skills and promoting engagement.
  • “21st century skills are nonnegotiable to success but are not solely determinant. Youth live in complex social and economic conditions that regulate the successful outcomes of even the most college- and career-ready youth.” — MHA Labs
  • 31% of employers internationally are unable to hire qualified workers because of “a talent mismatch between workers’ qualifications and the specific skill sets and combinations of skills employers want” — Manpower. (2010). Supply/Demand: 2010 Talent Shortage Survey Results.

Sources: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), From Vocational Education to Career Readiness: The Ongoing Work of Linking Education and the Labor Market by Shaun M. Dougherty and Allison R. Lombardi, University of Connecticut

In our Career and Technical Education MEd program, you’ll review pedagogical and practical methods — and theory — for use in the 21st century CTE classroom:

  • The history and future of Career and Technical Education
  • Instructional strategies and classroom management for the CTE classroom
  • Integration of mathematics and literacy into CTE classrooms
  • Organizational leadership and ethics
  • Assessment and evaluation in the CTE classroom

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an MEd focused on educational leadership could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

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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