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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.
My time at Concordia was fantastic. It was home for two and a half years, after I transferred from a community college. Transferring credits was a little complicated, so I added on half a year, but in the end, I think it was a good thing. The staff is so nice and helpful, from admissions to financial aid. The professors really do make you better. And the religion is never forced. I liked that it was a Christian school, but I knew several people were not Christian, but never felt pushed. Sometimes the small school atmosphere felt like high school with the jocks and the nerds, but you get past that. Being so close to Alberta street, and having so many on-campus events, there is never a dull moment. I recommend Concordia 100%!
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!
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.