When you take on the mantle of becoming a Concordia student, you’re telling us, yourself, and the world that you believe education can move molehills and mountains — and that both are vitally important feats.

Concordia’s College of Education focuses on nurturing potential educators so that one day they will do the same in classrooms of their own. We offer education degree programs at every level — many of which can be earned online — from a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Education to master’s and doctoral degree programs.

As with many universities, our education degree programs, both on campus and online, are accredited and nonprofit. In addition, our teacher education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. But there’s much more to the story than that. And we can’t wait to tell you why employers have so much respect for our graduates, and why our graduates are so proud to be Cavaliers.

We are trailblazers in the field of education.

In 2017, the nation’s first 3toPhD® campus opened in Portland, Oregon, a result of a pioneering collaboration with Concordia University-Portland, Portland Public Schools, Faubion School, Trillium Family Services, Kaiser Permanente, and basics. 3toPhD® creates safer, healthier, more educated communities from prenatal care through pursuing one’s highest dreams. The new 3toPhD® community:

Serves nearly 800 PreK-8 children, 81% of whom are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch

Houses our College of Education, giving Concordia’s future teachers the opportunity to apply their coursework working in Faubion’s classrooms

Operates a Food Club with healthy low-cost food choices and a demonstration kitchen to teach older kids how to cook healthy meals

Offers a backpack program run by Concordia University nursing students which provides free food in backpacks to Faubion students upon request — to take home over the weekend

Provides counseling, and dental and health care services to members of the community

Our mission is clear, unyielding, and time-honored.

Since our doors opened in Portland, OR in 1905, our mission has remained constant: we are a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society. We do this within a community that’s motivating, evolving, and inclusive. We’re committed to academic scholarship intertwined with faith-based values. When you become a Concordia student, you’ll see our values reflected in each course, in each relationship, and in each conversation.

Our Core Values


Teaching and Learning




In the News :

Back to School: Northeast Portland welcomes sleek, new Faubion campus

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A first look at the smashing new Concordia/Portland Public Schools $49M education center (Photos)

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From 3toPhD®

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3toPhD® Earns Health Innovation Award

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Service is in our DNA.

While we embrace innovation, we also stay true to our unwavering values in a constantly evolving society. As just one example, we fulfill our commitment to servant leadership in the community through a number of programs with nonprofit partners in Portland and the larger region, actively engaging our students, faculty, staff, and supporters in these efforts.

Each year, Cavaliers contribute more than 251,000 service hours in their communities through practicum, internships, and service learning projects

These programs serve an estimated 10,000 people, including 5000 youth

And within our new 3toPhD® community in Portland, over 300 Concordia faculty and student volunteers serve as mentors, reading coaches, and tutors at Faubion School

Concordia has been recognized on the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years and as seventh in the nation in community service by Washington Monthly magazine

When we say rigor, we mean rigor.

In today’s unpredictable world where the economy changes daily, zeitgeists shift overnight, budgets are scrutinized, and kids are easily distracted, educators have to be assiduous. On top of their game. Authoritative. And smart. If you invest in an education degree program, your instructors should be those things too.

  • We’re constantly ensuring that our faculty and curricula are at their best for our students. We revise courses every 12-18 months — and every week, our instructors participate in a staff development call to keep them fresh.

  • We use an iterative approach. Whether it means extra help or extra revisions, it’s important to us that you finish a course having learned the material, not just gotten a grade.

  • "Educators in Oregon love our graduates. I have many principals emailing me with job openings, and they come to us first."

    LORI SANCHEZ, College of Education faculty member

  • And administrators, and principals, and tutors, and curriculum designers, and...

    Educators are selfless nurturers of the human spirit. Architects of confidence. Igniters of flames. Their impact is everlasting and infinite. At Concordia, our programs will enhance your ability to make a profound difference in countless students’ lives. Just ask any of the more than 20,000 graduates of our College of Education: Why Concordia? Because education is what we’ve been doing for more than a century. We were, are, and always will be in your shoes. We get you. And we heart teachers, because teachers have heart.