Advance your career in education

Learn about Concordia's best-of-class graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

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Shaping the future of education

Concordia University is preparing the next generation of educators to address the needs of the twenty-first-century classroom with relevant and responsive curricula. We offer programs that will enrich and hone your skills, meet state licensing requirements*, and fit into your busy schedule. Founded upon Lutheran values of grace, intellectual curiosity, innovation, and open discourse, Concordia fosters student success — and helps you discover new ways of thinking about education.

Built on a century of experience educating teachers, our growing network of education professionals embodies the latest research and teaching approaches. Graduates of Concordia’s College of Education stand out to employers with the skills, integrity, and compassion to meet rapidly evolving, complex student needs. If education is your passion, Concordia is your university.

*Note: Programs are designed to meet state licensing requirements for the state of Oregon.

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Concordia’s College of Education offers several advanced degrees:

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The Master of Education (MEd) and Certificate programs are designed for in-service educators and include in-demand concentration options. Concordia offers four MEd programs: Curriculum & Instruction (15 concentrations), Administration, Educational Leadership, and Career and Technical Education. Certificates include Administrator Licensure, Reading Interventionist, ESOL, and Health/PE. Portland campus and online program options.

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program allows students who have a bachelor’s degree to earn a master’s degree while completing the requirements set by the state of Oregon for their preliminary teaching license. The MAT can be completed in 11 months through the full-time program or in 22 months with the evening program and includes a student teaching component. On campus in Portland, Oregon.

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The Doctorate of Education program (EdD) prepares candidates to become transformational leaders in education through rigorous, intensive project-based learning and purposeful collaboration. The program offers five concentrations—Instructional Leadership, Administrative Leadership, Higher Education, Transformational Leadership, and Professional Leadership, Inquiry & Transformation. Portland campus and online program options.

"Thanks to Concordia, I felt SO prepared. Concordia does a great job putting together the program, making sure the content is fresh and relevant, and making sure the right people are educating us."

Francesca Aultman, BA, MAT, MEd '14

Your Degree, Your Way: On campus, online, or hybrid options to meet your needs

On Campus

  • Classes held at our beautiful Portland campus
  • BA in Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education
  • Certificate Programs
  • Doctorate of Education

Online

  • BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education (multiple schedule options)
  • Certificate Programs
  • Doctorate of Education

Hybrid: On Campus + Online 

Select MEd and EdD programs are designed with a mix of on-campus and Flex online class options

Why Concordia?

  • Concordia University (CU) has been preparing teachers for careers in education since 1905.
  • The knowledge and tools you receive here can be used immediately to positively affect your students, your class, and your entire school community.
  • Professors are well-respected classroom teachers and administrators.
  • Counselors can help you navigate school and state requirements for initial and continuing education (for the state of Oregon)
  • Be part of 3 to PhD, a partnership between CU, Portland Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente, basics (formerly Pacific Foods), and Trillium Family Services that we hope becomes a national model to help build healthy school communities

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Affordable education for educators

We offer a variety of scholarships and grants designed to make an education at a small, private liberal arts university more affordable than you might think. Contact an admission counselor to review your options.

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Best-in-class instruction

Concordia University combines the best in theory and practice for your undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate education degrees. In addition, you can also choose from continuing licensures in a variety of specialties.

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The future of education

Concordia College of Education is one of the most respected names in learning today. We invite you to join our community of committed, culturally-responsive educators who are excelling in classrooms across the nation.

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Cited by US News & World Report as one of the best online MEd programs in the US.