Concordia University - Portland Reviews - Master's in Curriculum & Instruction

3.72 out of 5 stars
(14 Reviews)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,910
77% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 14 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
A. Purser - 5/18/2019
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2019
"I enjoyed that each class was only 5 weeks long. Most of the professors were helpful, however, if I got a professor that was not as helpful I knew I only had to deal with them for 5 weeks. The classes are rigorous and they get you thinking. Although it is a Lutheran based college, the Master's program did not involve religion aside from a weekly inspirational quote or scripture on the Learning Management System welcome page. I felt that the courses were easy to navigate and the expectations are clear. You do have to be able to manage your time though as something is due just about every day of the week for most of the classes. There is limited time off so if you are expecting a spring break or summer vacation this is not the program for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sherry Spencer - 5/13/2019
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2012
"When I was done with my Bachelor degree, I knew I wanted to get a Masters. I looked around for a school that I could do it in a year or so. Concordia was that right fit for me. I was able to do the classes at a quick pace and enjoyed the program and gained a lot from the classes. When I was done, I thought about getting my doctorate also but then decided to wait. I am glad I waited a few years now I am in the EdD program through Concordia, and I love it. There are struggles at times, but I am being pushed to learn more and get involved in more in-depth learning."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Heidi Cote - 5/13/2019
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2018
"The online Master's degree is a faced paced course. It challenges students to think outside of the box and use logical processing to grow and develop into excellent educators. Students are supported by their professors and advisors, who do everything they can to help support you. Additionally, they offer spiritual support through their school as well. Overall, I have never been more challenged and proud of something than I was when I finished my Master's degree."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Darieng - 6/3/2018
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2018
"I have been impressed with Concordia's online M.Ed. program from the time I began the application process to now that I am a two classes shy from graduation. I always receive prompt response to any question, regardless if I'm asking Admissions, Finance, the Registrar, or one of my professors. The classes have been demanding, yet with good time management, they are doable. I work about 30 hours a week at my job and have plenty of time for my studies. My professors have been knowledgeable and supportive, and they respond to any inquiry within a few hours. Grades are also posted within a day or two after submitting. Yes, to be an online student, you have a lot of independence and need to take initiative to research and study. However, I've always felt supported by my classmates and by Concordia's staff. Best of all, I have learned so much that has already helped me to become a better teacher."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Fujimoto - 5/16/2017
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
"After completion of this degree, I was under the impression I could just continue to try and get my certification in teaching. However, upon trying to do this, I was told by the university they would refuse to sign a paper helping me to try to continue my completion. Upon further research, I found I completed a program I should have never been able to be accepted into because I am not a teacher and the program requires you to have a Bachelors in Teaching. This goes to show that this school does not check and help their students to succeed. I can not use this degree for anything related to teaching because I still have to do more school to get my certificate. All this degree did was cost me more money and debt. Do not fall prey to this institution. They will definitely deceive you."
Michelle Liu - 10/10/2018

Hello Elizabeth, You are correct in that the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree you completed at Concordia University does not lead to licensure or certification. Both our website and our program brochure clearly state that the MEd does not lead to licensure or certification. During the admissions process, there is also a document students are required to sign acknowledging that the program does not lead to any licensure or certification. Since each state has a different set of criteria for earning a certificate or license, we recommend that each student connect with their states Department of Education to discuss these requirements in detail.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Jolie Dorrell - 8/11/2016
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2012
"This online experience was excellent. The classes were challenging and on point with what I needed to learn. The professors that I encountered were professional and responsive. I felt that the online component was very manageable and user friendly. It required a significant commitment of time each week and the classes were both interactive and collaborative with other students, who were of high caliber. I would recommend this university and this program to anyone who is independent and self-motivated and who can handle approximately 15 hours of reading and writing each week."
1.2 out of 5 stars
Oregonborn - 3/18/2016
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016
"Concordia is more interested in signing up students than actually teaching them. By that I mean 80% of my professors (8 out of 10) hired appear to be teaching as a second job and putting in the effort of such. I have come to understand I am paying Concordia approximately $2100 per course so I can be handed a syllabus with 20 assignments, and then I'm set free. There is zero instruction from the professors; the learning I'm doing is solely from my research and through my motivation and even then I am not receiving feedback, let alone quality feedback on my ideas. Understand I am not basing my judgment of Concordia online with an on campus course, I am comparing Concordia online against other online classes I have taken as well as courses other colleagues have taken. The expectation level for the instructors at Concordia is truly sad especially when education in this country is already under attack by so many."
Michelle Liu - 10/10/2018

"Thank you for your comments concerning your experience with Concordia Online Faculty. It is our goal to continuously improve the student experience and we value your feedback. The courses have discussion board posts and interactions with instructors and peers; there are also assignments that are graded with value-added comments provided by the instructors. In addition, instructors also employ the iterative process to maximize student learning in discussions and assignments.

The instructors are mentored by experienced Core Faculty who provide guidance to ensure University expectations are met. The Core Faculty visit each classroom several times throughout a session in addition to conducting professional development and providing guidance to instructors.

Your comments are appreciated and will be applied toward ensuring a positive, beneficial student experience."

4.4 out of 5 stars
MrB - 1/19/2016
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016
"I felt this was a great program. The work levels were often demanding but it's a graduate program and totally doable even while working full time. The staff was supportive and knowledgable and class expectations were acceptably predictable making it easier to balance work, life, and school."
4.0 out of 5 stars
MotherOf3 - 11/23/2015
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016
"I'm currently in the 2nd week of my 3rd course. I have really enjoyed the program so far. I have learned a lot of new information that I can use in my classroom. The only complaint I have is the APA format. I was not familiar with APA and the instructors will count off points for every little period or comma. In fact, my first paper was considered plagiarism because I didn't put quotation marks around the quotes. I was able to redo the paper and corrected the errors and received a good great. Before considering this program, be sure you are familiar with APA format and you should do great!"
2.6 out of 5 stars
Dani - 11/15/2015
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
"This program is supposed to be for teachers of all age groups. As a high school teacher... do not take this program it is geared towards younger students. Also they are more concerned about your APA than anything. I once got a c on a paper with the comment that my content was great but I had APA issues. Isn't the point of learning the content not the fact that I was supposed to put the period after the parenthesis not before? I honestly do not feel like I learned anything about curriculum, maybe some new instruction but anyone that did teaching in their undergrad be prepared for a lot of repeat information."
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