Concordia University - Portland Reviews - Master's in Education
Review of Education Masters Degrees
Concordia surfaced in my world at a time that it was so needed. My life and education career was so chaotic and I had no idea what direction to head in due to frustration. After chatting with Cavalier representatives and advisors I decided that a graduate degree might be a worthy asset in future decisions. I completed the program with a very high GPA after lots of hard work and mega help from the wonderful instructors (some easy-peazy and some difficult ones). It was a great decision! My Cavalier masters was a plus in my princpals decision to hire me over other candidates for the Life Skills teacher position I now hold. I am a Cavalier for life!!!
I recently completed the 1 year master's degree program at Concordia. Overall, I was pleased with my experience. The professors were very helpful, graded assignments quickly, gave feedback and seemed to care about my success. It was a little hard to get help outside of the classroom. Sometimes questions were not answered by the student rep that was assigned to me for each class. However, I did get answers by sending multiple e-mails and to different departments/people. The best part of the program was that it is 1 year program!
Concordia cares more about getting you enrolled than keeping you. The communication is awful and can take weeks to get a response from financial aid or any other dept. Once they have received their money they are in no hurry to assist. I did not finish due to the lack of help I received and feel that while the expectations were reasonable, the school does not care about their online students.
I enjoyed Concordia University. I felt that most of the professors were very helpful, courteous and caring. While the curriculum was engaging, the expense was exorbitant and the financial aid department was not helpful and did not grant promised scholarships.
I am one from the large group of teachers who arrive in America holding a Bachelor's degree. Mine was in English Education. As I tried in different schools I noticed I was not ready to cope with school and students demands. There was a gap that I had to fill in order to start a route of personal and professional gains and satisfactions. I realized that to serve my students better, I had to go a step forward in my preparation. Concordia University (Portland) has been a great fit for me in my intention to get the spirit of teaching English to people from other cultures. It helped me to systematize and upgrade previous knowledge and skills as well as to learn new trends and methodologies for motivating, teaching, assessing, and managing English Language Learners for the new global circumstances. I really appreciate the expertise of my cohorts and professors, the selection of materials for the courses, the experience of counselors, especially G, and the effectiveness of financial aids personnel to assist me. I also appreciate the biblical messages and the general sense of service of the university. Today I have a more comprehensive vision about what I am expected to do, and what I should do to help ELLs be successful in their new country. Thank you for helping my dreams come true.