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Maybe you’ve always wanted to be an elementary school teacher. Or you’re interested in becoming a high school math and science teacher. Or perhaps there’s something about the transitional “tween” years of middle school that particularly appeals to you. At Concordia University-Portland, we believe in getting you into a classroom as early and as often as possible.

Starting day one of your freshman year, you’ll be actively involved in a PreK-8 classroom just down the hall from your own classrooms, then you’ll transition into increasingly more in-class time and hands-on experiences as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Should you decide to teach secondary education, we offer 13 endorsements – including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physical education.

Hands-On Learning

Imagine going to class each week not in a lecture hall, but in an elementary school classroom. That’s the idea behind 3 to PhD® — a groundbreaking educational model created through collaboration between Concordia University, Portland Public Schools, Faubion School, Trillium Family Services, Kaiser Permanente, and basics. The goal? To close the opportunity gap by offering every child what they need most: health, safety, and education.

The 3 to PhD campus houses Concordia’s College of Education; Faubion, a diverse and socio-economically challenged public school; medical facilities; and more. Earning your BA degree, you’ll play an active role in a real school setting, applying your coursework in PreK-8 classrooms starting your first year. You’ll learn not only from professors armed with in-the-trenches experience and the latest research, but also from the principal, administrators, and other teachers at Faubion.

For those in our BS degree, an early childhood education internship provides the opportunity for you to put theory and skills into practice. Ready to make a difference? Then you’re ready to get started in one of our bachelor’s programs.

This program is for students who want to teach in grades PreK-8. The rigorous curriculum provides content knowledge, methodology, and strategies to enhance the teaching of science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, reading and the arts. Practical in-classroom experiences are an integral part of the program.


Our secondary education program includes professional coursework with a heavy emphasis on methodology and strategies to improve student learning. The practical experience component involves tutoring and in-class training. The program culminates in leading a class using prepared work samples, followed by a semester of student teaching.


A bachelor’s degree in early childhood education (ECE) from Concordia is an online program developed to support those working in early childhood education as a way to complete their bachelor's degree. ECE students can tailor the program to meet their individual needs and fit their schedules. The ECE internship gives students the opportunity to put theory and skills into practice.



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

Bachelor of Arts in Education Program Goals:

Upon completion of Concordia’s Bachelor of Arts in Education program, students will:

  • Model dispositions, ethics, and communication skills befitting a professional educator
  • Recognize how their own morals, biases, experiences, and privilege impact teaching practices
  • Foster culturally responsive learning environments that are inclusive of families and communities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific subject matter and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies
  • Utilize effective instructional and assessment practices that meet diverse student learning needs
  • Value and inform professional growth through inquiry and research

BS in Early Childhood Education Program Goals:

In accordance with the Early Childhood Professional Preparation standards outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), successful students who complete the BS in Early Childhood Education will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple facets of child development as they create learning environments where all children thrive.
  • Establish reciprocal family and community relationships, respecting diversity as they partner with families and communities in various aspects of children’s learning and development.
  • Use their understanding of assessment in a responsible manner as they collaborate with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Implement various developmentally effective approaches and tools to enhance learning and development through positive relationships with young children and families.
  • Utilize their knowledge of content to create meaningful learning experiences that promotes comprehensive learning and developmental outcomes for all children.
  • Conduct themselves as ethical professionals and life-long learners who demonstrate reflective perspectives, make informed decisions, and advocate for sound educational practices.
Every classroom teacher asks ‘What do you want out of this experience?’ and then does their best to get us (the teaching candidates) involved. I have never felt like a volunteer. They treat you like an educator from day one.


Common FAQs About our Undergraduate 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.

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.

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.