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You’ve taken the first step towards becoming a teacher. And now that you’ve decided to pursue your education degree at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, you’re ready for the next step. It all starts here, with a few tools, tips and links for gathering your materials and prepping for classes.
Concordia University-Portland is home to a strong and active support network of educational professionals who are eager to include new Cavaliers. We encourage you to browse our official alumni section and explore the full advantages of connecting with us – starting right now.
Blackboard is the main course management system used by Concordia University-Portland. Faculty load course content in a confidential and class-specific manner, administer exams, deliver grades, and monitor discussion. For students, Blackboard can be used to submit assignments, read and post to class discussion boards, view materials uploaded by professors, take quizzes, and more. It’s intuitive and easy to use, with support available at every turn.
Full-text articles and journal databases are yours, with around-the-clock availability and 24/7 online libraries. And all of your textbooks are available through our partner MBS Direct with your student ID (G number).
We work closely with our textbook partner, MBS Direct, to guarantee you receive the best in education. Free shipping is available for orders over $49.00.
Get started now! Purchase your textbooks in the online store.
Need help with ordering textbooks? Visit our bookstore page.
Have a medical care need? In need of dental care? Check out the new Kaiser Permanente 3toPhD Wellness Center on campus, available to all students, located in the Concordia University + Faubion School building. Accepting all insurances and will assist students without insurance.
Need to pick up a few food items or grab something for lunch? Visit Basics, the food club located in the Concordia University + Faubion School building. Basics sells healthy and organic foods at a reduced cost in order to ensure Faubion and Concordia students aren’t going to class hungry.
Please check with your program director for a copy of the most recent program handbook. Read through the handbook to understand what is expected of you as a Cavalier in one of Concordia University’s degree programs.
Students who want to teach in grades Pre-K through 8 would select the elementary education program. Students who want to teach at the middle or high school level would select the secondary education program and build proficiency in at least one specific subject area, commonly called an endorsement.
Concordia offers the following endorsement options for secondary education:
Mathematics (Foundational and Advanced)
Students may select the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement in addition to one of the endorsement areas listed above. Please see the program director for further information.
Yes, upon completion of the BA in Education degree program, graduates are eligible for a preliminary teaching license. All professional education and endorsement area coursework, clinical experiences, testing requirements, and edTPA portfolio must be successfully completed to be recommended for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License. The BS in Early Childhood Education program does not lead to licensure.
All students are required to have taken and passed each of the following tests:
Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment
Elementary Subtest 1 and 2 (NES) (elementary only)
Endorsement Tests (secondary only)
All test information can be obtained from the following website: www.orela.nesinc.com
Students must be cleared by TSPC (the state licensing agency) prior to volunteering in a setting with children or youth, or prior to clinical experiences such as student teaching.
You will receive fingerprinting and background check information from the College of Education with instructions on how to complete the process. There are fees associated with this process. Please visit the TSPC website for more information.
Due to our location within Faubion School, you will also be asked to complete the PPS background check at the start of your first semester on campus, which is free.
Students in the BS in ECE program should refer to the handbook for specific background check requirements.
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.