Concordia University - Portland Reviews
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I am a current student in the EdD program and am so disheartened by the lack on student concern at this faith based organization. The teachers are good, but I believe they are all adjunct, so the job is second priority to their full time job. The full time staff (advisors, financial aid, even student services) are unfriendly and not helpful. I have sent emails asking for help and when I do receive responses they are curt and abrasive. It is so discouraging with all of the personal obstacles I have had to overcome while pursuing a doctorate degree and have received no care or compassion from the staff. Now I'm stuck with the decision... finish the impossible grueling and disconnected course of study for the next 2 plus years, or start paying my $30,000 bill I've accumulated after just 1 year. :(
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.
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.
Concordia University is a great school. It's small, and often thought of as "that school on the radio". But upon visiting campus, Concordia can easily and quickly become a home. Being a small campus, you'll take a maximum of five minutes to cross it. And you get a very personalized education as you take interesting classes with caring professors. There is always something to do: sports (competitive and intramural), clubs, weekend activities, community service, and all sorts of school events. Plus, Alberta Street is just a few blocks away with tons of restaurants to explore! As a private institution, they never push religion on you; the religion classes are actually very interesting and thought provoking. If you are religious, there are great places, people, and events through which you can live out your faith. It can be pretty expensive, but financial aid helps out the best they can. There is even a scholarship for simply filling out the FAFSA! I never intended to go to Concordia, but as soon as I visited, I knew it was where I was meant to be.
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.
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.
I loved this school. Yes, I did sacrifice my nights and weekends for an entire year, but it was worth it. I worked full time and was raising three children at the same time. My family was understanding. Best thing I ever did because now I have a new position at a college with double the pay. My classmates were wonderful and my professors were great. I never had an issue getting a response to any question whether it was from a professor or financial aid. Everyone from the admissions process down was fantastic. I highly recommend this school. It is very demanding, but worth it, if you are willing to put in the time. It definitely helped me advance my career.
I completed my M.CTE program in July 2015 and graduated in December 2015. Although CU's masters degree program is not perfect, I've learned so much from the reading, writing, and research assignments I did and from the online discourse with fellow online students. Because of my degree, effective fall 2016, I will chair the largest department of the college I work for.
I am currently in my 7th out of 10 classes of the Masters of leadership program at Concordia. The program is very demanding and one should expect to devote all of their free time towards the program. However, this is to be expected in an accelerated one year program. I am very impressed with the quality of education and the incredible amount that I am learning. Without hesitating, I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to put their life on hold for one year. It will take be 4 years to earn back what I spent on this program. Therefore, I would consider this an excellent rate of return given that from graduation forward (including retirement), I will earn a better salary.
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.