Concordia University - Portland Reviews
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The Ed. D program at Concordia is excellent. The professors are knowledgeable, caring and accessible. For busy professionals, this program - albeit challenging - is very doable! I am able to work, complete coursework, and raise my family without significant sacrifice. I recommend this program to anyone seeking a terminal degree in education.
Last year of the program is unorganized. You are given minimal communication in regards to courses. At times you are given the wrong communication. It seems that they will keep you in the program as long as possible to charge you as much as possible.
I was excited to find an Ed.D program that fit in with the career I was pursuing, only to be disappointed in the lack of support and professionalism of the professors. It is disheartening when you reach out to a professor for advice or help only to never get a response. The coursework is a joke. I repeat the same words week after week in the assignments with no true learning. If I did this in the classroom, I would be laughed out of education. It is also frustrating when the professors demand work be submitted by a deadline, but you wait 3 days, a week, two weeks before you see any grades or feedback on that assignment. Did I mention I am doing the same assignment over and over again? They just change the name of the assignment each week, and reword the instructions just a little. And this is why I am looking into transferring.
The EdD program is horrible. I feel embarrassed to say that I went to this school-- yes, it is that bad! I too was subjected to numerous degree plan changes, changes in degree specialization, vacillation in what is required during different stages of the dissertation, change of dissertation chairs for inadequacy, retaking courses because proper guidance was not specified by instructors or within the syllabi, erroneous accusations by faculty, cancelation of significant defense dates, key leaders demonstrate that they do not clearly understand doctoral program guidelines that THEY established. Horrible program, please do not do it! The entire group that I started with has quit the program and went elsewhere. Don't waste your time or money. This program will cause nothing more than an emotional rollercoaster.
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!
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.