Master of Education (M.Ed.)
There are several options for those who wish to pursue their education at the graduate level. The programs offer flexibility and are designed to accommodate in-service educators.
- M.Ed. in Administration (M.Ed. Admin) (on ground only)
- M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education (MCTE) (online only)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed. C&I) (core courses available on ground or online)
The concentration options for the M.Ed. C&I are:
- Adolescent Literacy (online only)
- Bible Literacy (online only)
- Career and Technical Education Leadership (online only)
- Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (online only)
- Early Childhood Education (available on ground or online)
- Educational Technology Leadership (online only)
- English Language Development (online only)
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)1 (on ground or online)
- Environment Education (online only)
- Equity, Ethics and Justice (online only)
- Health and Physical Education1 (on ground only)
- The Inclusive Classroom (online only)
- Leadership (on ground or online)
- Mathematics (online only)
- Methods and Curriculum (on ground or online)
- Online Teaching and Learning (online only)
- Reading Interventionist1 (on ground or online)
- Science (online only)
- Social Studies (online only)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) (online only)
- Teacher Leadership (online only)
Coursework could be used for OR and WA teachers to add an endorsement to their license. Please consult with the College of Education for details.
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (on ground or online)
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: http://www.cu-portland.edu/your-higher-education-journey-starts-here-apply-now
- Official transcripts from a regionally accredited school demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s or master's degree
- Letters 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: Two confidential letters of recommendation, dated within six months of applying. If your cumulative GPA is 2.8 or higher, letters of recommendation are not required.
- M.Ed. in Administration applicants (Oregon & Washington): Two letters of recommendation, dated within six months of applying. One must be from a practicing, licensed administrator (preferably your current supervisor) who knows your work history and readiness to enter an administration program. If your GPA is 2.8 or higher, only the letter from an administrator is required.
- Preliminary (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 P–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 http://www.cu-portland.edu/admission/admission-requirements/graduate-students/med-admission-checklist
Course Delivery – Choosing from Options
Graduate courses are offered on campus at times that fit an educator’s work schedule. During the fall and spring semesters, classes on campus run from 6:00–9:00 pm. During the summer semester, more class options are available.
Many of Concordia’s graduate level education courses are available online to support those who do not live near a university, who may have difficulty attending classes on campus, or for those who prefer that learning environment. Concordia utilizes a variety of web-based technologies for instructional delivery. Adherence to Concordia's recommended minimum computer standards ensures candidates will be able to access the resources for each web-based class. For those new to online learning, a tutorial is available. Textbooks are ordered online. A help desk is available via e-mail and telephone. Online candidates are a vital part of the Concordia community, and as such are afforded the same services for connectivity as are the on ground students.
Candidates can combine any of the above configurations; they may choose to take classes on campus, online, or create a schedule that combines both.
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.
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 http://www.cu-portland.edu/academics/registrar/commencement/applying-graduation
- 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.