Concordia University - Portland Reviews - Master's in ESL

3.0 out of 5 stars
(2 Reviews)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,910
50% of 2 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 2 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.7 out of 5 stars
Rocio R. - 7/17/2018
Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2018
"This school enables anxiety and triggers depression. I was initially excited to move from Texas to Oregon to pursue a master's degree and begin a new chapter in my life! The professors (at least the ones in my program were, for the most part, great. My problem derives from the corrupt, administrative side of things. I applied for graduation in summer 2017, and it was approved by two (2) advisors (they fired one advisor and got a new one on my last term), and it was submitted to the registrars office. I presented my final project and turned in my final paperwork. When my degree did not arrive by mail, I contacted my advisor who assured it would mail in the next couple of weeks. Come Thanksgiving, I still had no degree, so I contacted my advisor once more who told me it would arrive early December. By January, after Christmas break, my advisor called me and let me know that I was one (1) credit short of graduating. On top of that, I had to pay for this class because it was, as they said, my fault. And let me just say that this school does not give its students the authority to register for classes; it is required for students to to set-up an appointment with their advisor--who is the only authorized figure to register students. Supposedly, this is for our benefit; however, two (2) advisors overlooked that I was one (1) credit short and the registrars office was one semester behind on catching a mistake they were supposed to catch when I applied for graduation two semesters before (Fall 2016). When I conducted my undergrad, I was in charge of registering for classes and had authority to look at offered courses throughout the year, and I was on top of things--able to print and accommodate my schedule. Concordia made me look bad in front of my employers, family, and friends because I had said I had graduated in summer 2017 when it turned out it was not true. Thus, it enabled my anxiety, as I struggled to balance a part-time job, an additional class, and the burden of paying for my school because I did not qualify for financial aid (since it was only one class). I was depressed because of extreme budgeting. Now, a year later, I finally got my degree and can, wholeheartedly, say that Concordia is the garbage that litters your sanity."
4.3 out of 5 stars
C.M. - 6/11/2016
Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am currently completing my M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL degree and will be done August 2016. I start in July of 2016. I have to agree that some professors are not very engaged, and others are awesome! Because it is online, a lot of the weight is put on your shoulders to pull your own weight, but almost every professor that I've had so far (in my 9th class) has been extremely helpful, resourceful, and willing to answer all my questions. One thing that I do not like about the online program is that it is nearly $700 per credit so it is very costly and because it is online, there is A LOT of reading. Some classes has videos to watch in place of reading, but other courses just have a ton of reading. If you are not self disciplined, their online program is not for you. YES their M.Ed program is legit, and yes the professors are real people. I have noticed that one or two professors do not live in the U.S., but used to and moved out of the country for an experience of a life time. The best part about having an online program is that you have no idea who will be in your cohort, but I have learned so much from my cohort because we are all over the country. You get to learn from people that have so many unique and different experiences. A lot of people say that you just pay for a degree, but this is definitely not true. There are people in my cohort that failed various classes from lack of effort. I have done fairly well on most of my assignments, but I also put in hard work. Some professors are easier graders than others, but they always give great feedback on how to improve. I already am a certified teacher, but the only thing I truly wish is that I had some actual teaching experience throughout the course. In some of the classes we had to record ourselves teaching ESOL students, but the student teacher experience would have made me feel a little more confident. FYI: Check your state's requirements because not everyone can receive their M.Ed in ESOL and will be certified to teach ESOL or to teach at all. You must be a certified teacher already and in many states there are additional tests that must be completed to add ESOL to your teacher certificate. Here in MD I have to take the ESOL Praxis. I think only Oregon residents can complete the program and add ESOL to their certificate."
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