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Concordia University Portland Launches STEM, Common Core M.Ed. Programs

Concordia University offers two new, accredited Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree concentrations that focus on national education priorities including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Common Core State Standards. These two concentrations, in addition to many others, are available within the Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. degree program and are offered online.

“More teachers than ever before are seeking out Concordia University Portland for its masters’ degrees online,” said Trish Lichau Shields, Dean of Concordia Online. “Concordia’s new degree concentrations represent subject matter critical to the success of America’s schoolchildren. STEM is in high demand for educators seeking to become skilled in teaching and learning principles for science, technology, engineering and math.”

Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concentration helps PreK-12 teachers connect their transformative education practices with the scientific and math principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry for their students. STEM education has become a national priority for 21st century competitiveness; President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes an additional $3.1 billion in federal funding for STEM education, a 6.7% increase over 2012 funding levels (Preparing a 21st Century Workforce, 2013).

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader program prepares K-12 educators as leaders in understanding and implementing the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core is a set of English language arts/literacy and mathematics standards that identify what K-12 students should know and do at the end of each grade. The initiative is co-sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to ensure students from across the nation graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college and the workplace. Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) are implementing these standards.

The launch of the two new concentrations continues the tremendous growth of Concordia’s online masters in education (M.Ed.) program, which earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s first ranking of online graduate degree programs in 2013.

For more information about Concordia University’s new M.Ed. concentrations, visit