At Concordia University - Portland, we prepare students to achieve their personal and professional goals through comprehensive and challenging programs offered online and on our Portland campus. Rooted in the tradition of a Lutheran education, our curriculum encourages the freedom to ask, explore, and learn in a caring and supportive environment. Our students are passionate about using their talents and education to serve their community and the world.
Concordia is a private, nonprofit, Christian liberal arts university open to students of any faith. Concordia University – Portland is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School & Programs.
Concordia faculty are dedicated educators who have a passion for sharing knowledge and expertise. Our professors bring a wealth of experience to every class and are dedicated to your success.
Online classes have between 6 and 18 students, fostering a true cohort dynamic of camaraderie and teamwork. Students from across the country and around the world work and learn together.
Concordia offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and awards designed to make the cost of a top-quality liberal arts education more affordable. In addition, federal financial aid, monthly payment plans, and military benefits are available to candidates who qualify.
Concordia University – Portland is located in downtown Portland, Oregon. However, roughly 75% of students choose to pursue their degree through online courses, which means that you may be able to perform coursework wherever it is convenient for you. Most programs don’t require that you ever attend course on campus, though you should refer to individual programs and their specific requirements.
As of 2015, Concordia University – Portland is in the NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Concordia University – Portland has teams in the following sports:
Concordia University – Portland also has teams in baseball, softball, and volleyball.
The undergraduate admissions requirements to apply to Concordia University as a freshman include:
There may be additional admissions requirements for specific programs. Also, admissions requirements may vary depending on the degree level you’re applying for and for transfer students.
Concordia University has a rolling admission process. However, applications submitted by the following dates are given priority:
In 2015, there were 7,182 students enrolled at Concordia University – Portland. Roughly 75% of those students were online students. Also, about 6,000 of those students were graduate students pursuing a graduate degree.
Concordia University strives to prepare leaders for the transformation of society. Therefore, graduates are well prepared to meet the world’s needs with sharp minds, moral courage, and genuine compassion.
Concordia University continues to be known for academic excellence and personal relationships and the vision includes the on-going commitment to the community and engages all students and produces alumni who serve the integrity in their lives, fields of study, and resulting careers.
Our programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our teacher education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
The online BS in Healthcare Administration (HCA) is an accelerated degree completion program designed for working professionals seeking new skills and tools to move ahead in the healthcare industry. The HCA courses address management skills essential to the field of healthcare administration throughout the entire spectrum of healthcare organizations including, but not limited to, acute, clinic, community, and health plan systems. Students also learn healthcare finance, human resources, strategic planning, quality assessment, and LEAN Six Sigma.
The unique curriculum of Concordia’s online BS in Homeland Security examines the underlying concepts that give rise to safety threats at home and abroad. The program provides emergency training along with the critical thinking and ethical decision making needed for a wide range of professions: from first responders, law enforcement, and public service professionals at the local level, to uniquely skilled, globally focused national security experts.
This fully online Doctorate of Education program develops transformational leaders inside and outside the education sector. The Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation Ed.D. specialization is ideal for candidates from academic, governmental, community, nonprofit, religious, and other fields who want to further enhance their organizational management skills through high-level problem solving, decision-making, and collaborative skills. Students will be able to select from a wide array of relevant, leadership-focused specialization courses. This doctoral program consists of courses eight weeks in length, features a virtual residency, and support throughout the program.
The Concordia University - Portland M.Ed. degree program in Advanced Study in Special Education (non-endorsement) is specifically designed for experienced K-12 teachers and other professionals licensed and/or qualified to serve students eligible for special education services, and who want to deepen their expertise or advance to leadership roles in this field. The Advanced Study in Special Education M.Ed. curriculum goes beyond the scope of initial or general special education licensure programs. Candidates will study the latest in advanced special education theory as the basis for developing the specialized evidence-based knowledge, skills and critical thinking needed to become highly professional, ethically focused transformational Special Education leaders in the classroom and in the community.
Develop cutting-edge knowledge relative to career options and 21st Century skills, and gain knowledge of managerial roles and functions essential to administering and supervising a CTE program in a variety of settings.
The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Adolescent Literacy addresses the crisis in adolescent literacy in America’s 6th through 12th grade students. Nearly seven out of every ten 8th graders are working below the proficient level in reading comprehension, and even high school students with average reading ability are unprepared for future workplace and postsecondary literacy demands. Through the completion of this concentration, educators will be prepared to lead the development and support of adolescent literacy in schools, school districts and in community-based settings.
This program covers Biblical concepts and allusions that are part of Western literature, performing arts and fine arts. Educators will be empowered to promote positive change using the ethical, legal and rigorous teaching of Bible literacy throughout their communities and schools.
The M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader prepares K-12 educators to become leaders in implementing and understanding Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Learn best practices and excellence in English acquisition, develop expertise in a rapidly growing field of education, and become proficient in teaching English as a second language. Become an ELL Consultant, English Tutor, or an English Language Learners Program Director.
This strand is designed for those who have a strong passion for teaching young children, ages birth through age 8, and who believe that children learn best through active, hands-on learning. Candidates will explore current trends and research, design developmentally-appropriate curriculum, and develop skills in advocating for young children.
The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: English Language Development is designed for teachers in the elementary, secondary and post-secondary settings who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in language development and acquisition in order to increase student learning and understanding of the fundamental structure of language and communication. The development of English language proficiency with low language native English speakers is included in this course of study. An emphasis is placed on transformative teaching strategies and practices that address structural methods for teaching language. The integration of technology to enrich student learning in the elementary and secondary school core curriculum via academic language are included in this course of study.
Lead the development of environmental literacy – how daily choices help or harm the environment – in your school and community while expanding environmental education beyond the classroom. Become a K-12 Environmental Education Program Director; Lead Teacher for Environmental Issues; Educator, Environmental or Outdoor Center; Lobbyist; or a Lead Fund Raiser.
Concordia University - Portland’s fully online Master’s degree program in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership develops transformational leaders ready for roles beyond traditional educational administration. Concordia Portland’s accredited M.Ed. online program consists of five-week courses that can be accessed via the Internet at a time and location most convenient for you. Students in this program gain the educational leadership knowledge, skills and training to implement immediate and long-term transformative change solutions within schools and partner community-based organizations.
Enhance your content knowledge and skills in mathematics in order to increase student learning and understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. Become a College Instructor, Consultant or Advisor, Program Director, Curriculum Director, Division or Department Chair, or a Lead Grant Writer.
Become an instructional leader who can support quality learning, reinforce excellent teaching in a variety of situations, and gain knowledge of instructional theory and best practices. Become a Director of Curriculum & Instruction, a Professional Development Leader in K12, or Assistant Chief Academic Officer.
Help struggling readers, become a successful literacy coach, and develop a practical approach to learning differences with proven results. Become a College Instructor in the Teaching of Reading, a Literacy Coach, Advisor for Reading Textbooks, or Reading Advisor to policymakers.
The Concordia University – Portland M.Ed. degree program in Curriculum & Instruction: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is designed for preK-12 teachers wanting to develop the enhanced skills, knowledge, practical application and leadership abilities to effectively teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses in preK-12 classes. Candidates in this STEM concentration will learn how to make the connection between transformative education practices and how to effectively convey the scientific principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry to their students. Concordia’s C&I-based STEM M.Ed. program prepares teachers to take a leadership role in student attainment of state and national testing goals and standards.
Advance the depth of your science knowledge and skills to improve student outcomes, test results, and understanding of scientific information. Become a College Instructor, Consultant or Advisor, Program Director, Curriculum Director, Division or Department Chair, or a Lead Grant Writer.
The goal of the M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies is to develop a deep understanding of the integration of Social Studies curriculum and Project-Based Learning while stimulating the teaching of Social Studies professionals and encouraging students to engage in historical work that will demonstrate the power of critical thinking in a globalizing world.
An educational leader positively impacts the educational community as a professional facilitator of school culture, including professional development and system-wide innovation. Concordia University’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in Teacher Leadership is the degree for teachers who want to step up their career plans and make a difference in planning and policy. A Master’s in Teacher Leadership provides the skills and experience for educational leaders to positively impact the educational community as a professional facilitator of school culture, including professional development and system-wide innovation.
Gain the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with students with disabilities mainstreamed or fully included in general education classrooms. Become a K-12 General Education Inclusion Teacher, College Instructor, Consultant or Advisor, Coach/Mentor, or State Advisor.
Advance your career as a recognized education leader, learn how to influence a collaborative work environment and gain management skills you can put to work in the public or private sector. Become a Community College Student Services Director or Subject Matter Department Chair, Education Advisor in the District Superintendent's Cabinet, Education Lobbyist, or Corporate Trainer.
The Concordia University-Portland M.Ed. in Special Education (Non-Endorsement) degree program is designed for K-12 teachers who seek specialization in the education of students with mild to significant cross-categorical disabilities. This non-endorsement Special Education M.Ed. program requires 30 credit hours to complete and provides a practical, research- and evidenced-based course of study based on the latest theories and practices associated with educating special needs students.
The Concordia Special Education M.Ed. program prepares educators to teach the full continuum of students with disabilities (students with Mild to Moderate and Moderate to Severe Disabilities). This program provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to promote, advocate and support learning to ensure equitable access to the general education curriculum and positively impact quality of life outcomes for students across the full range of disabilities.
Concordia’s online MBA program prepares students for fulfilling management careers in business, government, and nonprofit sectors, with a specific emphasis on leadership and management skills within these fast-expanding fields:
Ask your Enrollment Specialist how you can qualify for a GMAT waiver.
This fully online Doctorate degree program prepares candidates to be transformational leaders guiding public or nonpublic schools. This three year accredited Ed.D. program consists of courses eight weeks in length, limited to a cohort of 15 candidates to maintain program quality. A virtual residency component makes Concordia’s Ed.D. program one of the nation’s first to extend the benefits of an online curriculum to the residency portion of doctoral education programs. Students in this program gain the management skills to become transformational leaders guiding school teachers and administrators in the service of students.
This fully online Doctoral degree program prepares candidates for leadership and teaching roles across the post-secondary education sector. This three year accredited Ed.D. program consists of courses eight weeks in length, limited to a cohort of 15 candidates to maintain program quality. A virtual residency component makes Concordia’s Ed.D. program one of the nation’s first to extend the benefits of an online curriculum to the residency portion of doctoral education programs. Graduates of this terminal degree will have the management and teaching skills necessary to transform education through servant-based scholastic leadership and collaboration.
This fully online Doctorate degree program offers candidates the ability to design and implement a customized program of study from an array of doctoral coursework, with a focus developing transformational leaders to successfully analyze and address the complex challenges, personnel issues, accountability, and fiscal priorities facing many organizations. This three year accredited Ed.D. program consists of courses eight weeks in length, limited to a cohort of 15 candidates to maintain program quality. A virtual residency component makes Concordia’s Ed.D. program one of the nation’s first to extend the benefits of an online curriculum to the residency portion of doctoral education programs. Students in this program gain in-depth knowledge to further enhance their high-level problem solving, decision-making, and collaborative skills.
This fully online Doctorate degree program develops transformational leaders inside and outside the education sector. This three year accredited Ed.D. program consists of courses eight weeks in length, limited to a cohort of 15 candidates to maintain program quality. A virtual residency component makes Concordia’s Ed.D. program one of the nation’s first to extend the benefits of an online curriculum to the residency portion of doctoral education programs. Students in this program gain the leadership and administration skills to bring immediate and long-term transformation in schools, church, academic, corporate and non-profit organizations.
Facts & Figures
Concordia University – Portland is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
Online and On-Campus
Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions
Must be equipped with high speed Internet connection such as DSL or cable modem. PC configuration must support Windows XP or greater.
US residents only
No on-campus requirement. All programs offered entirely online.
Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students will register online; assistance is available from online staff.
"I received a high quality education at an exceptional value. Concordia prioritizes teaching over advertising. This emphasis set Concordia apart for me."
"I received a high quality education at an exceptional value. Concordia prioritizes teaching over advertising. This emphasis set Concordia apart for me."