Master of Education (M.Ed.)

There are several options for those who wish to pursue their education at the graduate level. Please visit the College of Education web pages to see a complete list of program offerings and their delivery options.

  • M.Ed. in Administration (M.Ed. Admin) [OR & WA residents only - Administration licensure]
  • M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education (MCTE)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed. C&I)
    ​        The concentration options for the M.Ed. C&I are:
    • Adolescent Literacy
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Technology Leadership
    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)1
    • Environment Education
    • Health and Physical Education1
    • The Inclusive Classroom
    • Leadership
    • Mathematics
    • Methods and Curriculum
    • Reading Interventionist1
    • Science
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
    • Social Studies
    • Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

M.Ed. Goals

As a graduate of the Master of Education programs at Concordia University-Portland, candidates will engage in inquiry learning that fosters critical thinking skills; the capacity to ask, reflect on, and critique quality questions about content knowledge; and pursue candidate-driven interests. Candidates will develop or refine an awareness of, appreciation for, and responsiveness to classroom and societal diversity. Candidates develop skills, attitudes, and habits that encourage and allow them to be leaders in their field serving the educational needs of others. This requires active transformation of ideas, beliefs, and knowledge through rigorous study and application of current educational theory and practice. 

M.Ed. Program Objectives

Upon program completion, M.Ed. candidates will:

  • Inquiry 1 (I1): Enhance and utilize knowledge of educational theories and research, technology, and academic content to promote active learning and excellence in all students. 
  • Inquiry 2 (I2): Analyze and synthesize diverse opinions and experiences with (and on behalf of) students who possess a variety of backgrounds, languages, and abilities. 
  • Ethical Formation 1 (EF1): Develop or refine an awareness of, appreciation for, and responsiveness to classroom and societal diversity. 
  • Ethical Formation 2 (EF2): Demonstrate characteristics of moral leadership through professional roles and responsibilities. 
  • Leadership and Transformation (LT1): Become reflective practitioners that reflect on as assess their own practice and their students' work to continually improve learning, teaching, and leadership.

Admission to Master of Education programs

Candidates to any Concordia University-Portland Master of Education program must submit the following:

  • The online application:
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited school demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s or master's degree
  • Letter of Recommendation verifying work with children or youth and addressing the candidate’s ability to do graduate level work. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to student. 
    • M.Ed. C&I, M.Ed. in Leadership, and MCTE applicants: One confidential letter of recommendation, dated within six months of applying. If your cumulative GPA is 2.8 or higher, a letter of recommendation is not required.
    • M.Ed. in AdministrationPreliminary (formerly IAL), and Professional (formerly CAL) licensure certificate program applicants (Oregon & Washington): One letter of recommendation from a practicing, licensed administrator (preferably your current supervisor) who knows your work history and readiness to enter an administration program. This letter is required, regardless of your GPA.
  • The TSPC-required Personal Character Questionnaire
  • Statements of Intent. See details below.
  • A résumé that lists all licensed educational experiences (one year of teaching equals eight consecutive months in a licensed, contracted position)
  • A copy of a current teaching or administrator license as appropriate. If pursuing an endorsement or additional licensure, a sub license will not meet the requirements of TSPC for the practicum. 
  • International applicants should refer to the Graduate Admission section for additional requirements
  • Interview with College of Education Director of Graduate Studies may be required

Additional admission requirements for application to the M.Ed. in Administration program:

  • Evidence of completion of a teacher or personnel service preparation program AND an Oregon teaching or personal service license. Administrative candidates wishing to serve in the State of Washington meet these criteria with proof of a Washington teaching certificate: WAC 180-79A-211
  • Evidence of three years of successful contracted licensed teaching or personnel service experience in public schools or regionally accredited private schools.
  • Interview with the Chair of Administrative Licensure Programs

International applicants should refer to the Graduate Admission section for additional requirements.

Statements of Intent Details

Students who are admitted to Concordia University-Portland College of Education join a community of scholars and practitioners in an institution whose mission is to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. As a Master of Education or Certificate program applicant, you are invited to demonstrate your knowledge and academic writing ability as well as share your goals for furthering your professional growth through statements of intent. Further, the statements are used as a tool to share your interest in admission to the university, but may also be referenced again in future courses or portfolios as evidence of growth and development as a Pre-K–12 educator. These statements are an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the university as well as demonstrate how you think critically. For more information and a list of the writing prompts, visit

Course Delivery – Choosing from Options

Concordia offers several options for pursuing either a Master of Education degree or certificate program.

Accelerated Online

Designed to be completed in one year. 

No overlapping terms are allowed. 

NOTE: If the student does not adhere to the prescribed schedule for the accelerated online program, it may take several additional time to complete the program.

Flex Programs

Designed to allow for customized schedules.

  • On-campus:  NE Portland, Oregon (classes are 8 weeks long)
  • Flex Online:  Some programs have a online options which can be completed in 14-36 months (classes are 5 weeks long)
  • Hybrid:  Students living near the Portland, Oregon campus may be able to mix their schedule to include some on campus classes as well as some online 

Please note, not all programs are offered in every modality. Please visit the following web page to see a complete listing of delivery methods for each program:

Students in the M.Ed. programs are expected to take their courses in order ending with the Capstone course (EDGR 698 ACTION RESEARCH, EDGR 699 THESIS, EDGR 696 PRACTITIONER INQUIRY, or EDCT 604 CTE CAPSTONE). In the event a course must be taken after the Capstone only one course is eligible. EDGR 601 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH is a pre-requiste to the Capstone expereience and must be taken prior to the capstone with no exceptions.    

M.Ed. Critical Assessment Policy

In an effort to maintain national and state accreditation, the university is required to measure candidate proficiency at certain checkpoints throughout the program. Within the College of Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs, candidates will complete critical assessments as measured by specific lnTASC sub-standards as well as appropriate national standards in the candidate's area of professionalization. These assessments evaluate candidates' level of proficiency as they progress through the program. Because of these requirements, in order to pass a course that includes a critical assessment, candidates must meet the minimum requirements for each critical assessment (earning 84% on the assignment). This requirement is a threshold that must be met prior to receiving a grade for the course. If candidates do not pass the critical assessment, they do not pass the course and will receive a grade in the range of C-F.

Dual Concentration Policy

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program will be enrolled in one of two campuses: Online or On-ground. A student may only select concentrations for a degree with dual concentrations that are offered on the specific campus in which the student in enrolled. No exceptions will be allowed. 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from any Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at Concordia University-Portland, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of an Application for Graduation per the instructions listed at
  • Successful completion of the minimum semester hours required in the chosen major
  • Successful completion of all courses required in the chosen major
  • At least 50% of the credits required for the program have been completed at Concordia University-Portland
  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA has been earned
  • All required courses have been completed with a grade of "B-" or better
    • No grade below a “B-” will be accepted in a course that counts toward completion of the program. Students who receive a “C”or lower in a required course must retake the course and earn a “B-” or higher for the course to count toward completion of the degree.

On-ground Course Overlap Policy 

A student enrolled in courses through the campus based program has the ability to take courses in the following modalities:

  • 5 week online
  • 8 week on ground

Students may not enroll in a course that overlaps completion with another, unless the end dates are the same.