Concordia University - Portland Reviews
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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.
Not a bad program, though my final class had an AWFUL professor. However, for the price that I paid for my degree, they did not even send a frame for my DEGREE! I felt that was really cheap. Every other school I've graduated from gave me my diploma with a holder/frame.
I DO NOT recommend this online program to any working adult, especially educators who tend to have unpredictable schedules. Even though the program is advertised as being "flexible", it is not at all. If you do chose to attend Concordia University - Portland online, here are some things you can expect... You should be prepared to give up all of your time in the evenings and on the weekends. Expect to submit the equivalent of three to four fully researched essays per week (in their five week courses), whether as discussion board posts or as additional assignments/projects. I almost feel as if this institution is intentionally requiring lots of "busy work" so that students easily fall behind and end up paying more money in tuition. This has not happened to me, but when I began the program I had about 14 colleagues in my cohort, and now I have 3. Enter at your own risk!
Too expensive for the level of pay you will receive
I'd find another program. They have been inconsistent about communicating and changed the expectations for a course after I already paid for it. My expectations were higher for a Christian private school. I didn't get the feeling there was anything Christ like about the way they conduct their business.
Concordia Portland Oregon, is an excellent university. The admission process was stress free. The required courses were readily made out by the University. I learned so much enrolled in the Master's of Education Program. The work was continuous, but well worth it. I earn my M.Ed. in one year as planned.
Concordia is a small Lutheran University with a mission, "Prepare leaders who serve others through careers with global non-profits, educational institutions, and community development organizations. Graduates will gain intercultural competency, international experiences, and a deeper understanding of how to navigate complex partnerships in and between global communities." The University lives this mission. I would highly encourage Concordia University to anyone who wants to go to a small university that cares about your individual development!