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Concordia Launches New Education Doctorate

Ed.D. offered both online and on Portland campus

Concordia University's new, accredited Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree will be offered both online and on the Portland campus, beginning May 2013.

"Concordia's new doctorate of education emphasizes the personal relationships between student peers and professors that Concordia is known for, by grouping students in cohorts of 15 to travel through the 3-4 year program together," said Joe Mannion, Concordia University's Dean of the College of Education.

The new degree was approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The director of the new Ed.D. Program is Jerry McGuire, Ph.D. Dr. McGuire brings 39 years of public school experience as an Oregon teacher, principal, curriculum coordinator, and superintendent, as well as having earned a B.S, M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. McGuire's research is focused on democratic participation in problem solving and decision-making, organizational development, instructional effectiveness, administrative leadership and more.

Doctorate students pursuing Concordia University's Ed.D. can select from two areas of emphasis: Educational Administration and Teacher Leadership.

The launch of the doctorate degree follows the tremendous growth of Concordia's online masters of education (M.Ed.), which earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever ranking of online graduate degree programs last month.

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