Continuing Study for In-Service Educators
Are you ready to begin working toward your Master of Education degree? Concordia University provides the best in theory and in practice, and our professors are experienced classroom teachers. There are a variety of ways to pursue your degree: on campus, online, or a hybrid schedule that mixes these two options.
Concordia offers several options for in-service educators who want to earn a Master of Education degree:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Adolescent Literacy
- Bible Literacy
- Career and Technical Education
- Common Core State Standard Instructional Leader
- Early Childhood Education (ECE)
- English Language Development
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Environmental Education
- Equity, Ethics and Justice
- Health and Physical Education (HPE)
- The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
- Methods and Curriculum
- Online Teaching & Learning
- Reading Specialist
- Social Studies
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Teacher Leadership
- Educational Leadership
- Special Education
Master of Education Goals
The Master of Education program at Concordia University is designed specifically for in-service educators, and is one vehicle for obtaining the Oregon Continuing Teaching License or the Initial Administrator License.
The program enables teachers and administrators to encourage positive change in the school environment through collaboration, community building, technology, literacy, and best practices that enhance the teaching and learning process.
Course Delivery – Choosing from Options
Concordia offers graduate courses on campus at times that do not conflict with the regular teaching day.
Concordia University is committed to offering selected programs and courses online to support educators who may have difficulty attending classes on campus or who prefer the online learning environment. Concordia utilizes a variety of web-based technologies for instructional delivery, and ongoing learner advising and support to overcome barriers of time and distance. Most online classes are five weeks in length.
Some of the M.Ed. program offerings are available in a cohort model. If in an online cohort, students typically finish their program in a year (a few programs need an additional semester). Perks of being in an online cohort include a frozen tuition rate, accelerated schedule, and a strong community of fellow educators who grow very close over the span of the program. For more information, visit our online department.
Any of our programs and courses that are offered online can also be completed in a personalized schedule. This could entail taking one online class a semester instead of three or taking classes for two semesters and then taking a semester off. Perks of the non-cohort online classes include the ability to spread the coursework over a longer period of time allowing more breaks and a distribution of the cost of the program.
Students may opt to create a personalized schedule containing some classes on-campus and some online.
Where there are at least 17 in-service educators interested in pursuing a similar degree, Concordia University will work with school districts to provide a graduate degree or continuing teaching license that includes instructional training and preparation unique to each district. Please contact us if your district is interested in exploring this possibility.
M.Ed. Program Objectives
Upon program completion, M.Ed. candidates will demonstrate:
- An understanding of leadership contributions made by all teachers related to their roles in the classroom, the school, the district and the profession
- Skills in developing, implementing and assessing curricular and instructional plans that integrate disciplines, apply current educational research findings, encourage parental involvement, consider students' current developmental levels, and exhibit sensitivity to individual student differences and cultural backgrounds
- Skills in the application and integration of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes
- Skills in the design, implementation, and presentation of an action research project or thesis developed expressly to improve classroom instruction and student learning outcomes
- Knowledge of and appreciation for the Christian perspective and its emphasis on service as a fundamental element of successful teaching, learning and administering
- Values, ethics, beliefs, and attitudes that achieve the educational goals of the state, district, and local school communities
- A desire to continue professional and leadership development
- Emphasis on service as a fundamental element of teaching and learning