Concordia University-Portland

Education Specialist (EdS) - Higher Education


2811 NE Holman Street

Portland, OR 97211

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Education Specialist (EdS) - Higher Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

This fully online degree program from Concordia University–Portland is for candidates looking to make their mark in higher education. Higher education is faced with a number of challenges, including declining enrollments and endowments. The EdS in Higher Education, which you can earn in less than 2 years, includes an emphasis on administration and instruction. Classes are 8 weeks in length, and aimed at the practitioner-scholar who already balances a career, family, and other obligations. It is designed to prepare candidates for leadership, teaching, and service positions in higher education institutions, government agencies, and other postsecondary educational settings.

Empower your inner leader. If you’re compelled to enhance your leadership capabilities in education and administration, to make longlasting changes in your school, government, or organization, Concordia University–Portland's Education Specialist degree program is for you. Accredited, nonprofit, and faith-based, Concordia is one of the largest and most respected names in education today. Concordia’s EdS program gives you the ability to:

• Complete your EdS in less than 2  years
• Earn a post-master's degree with no dissertation requirement
• Choose from five concentrations
• Complete your EdS 100% online

You have the power to advance your leadership and grow as a change leader. You can take charge and challenge the status quo. You can move mountains. And you can earn your EdS degree. We believe in you, and we're here to support you. When you join Concordia University, you become part of a close community with over 110 years of heritage and history. While the EdS program is rigorous, it is ideal for professionals balancing work, family, and other obligations. Our curriculum is taught by highly regarded scholars from diverse backgrounds in education and business. EdS students take classes along with EdD students, allowing for the thoughtful exchange of ideas and collaboration while engaging in advanced graduate coursework. Choose from one of the following five concentrations:

• EdS in Administrative Leadership
• EdD in Higher Education
• EdS in Professional, Inquiry, and Transformation
• EdS in Instructional Leadership
• EdS in Transformational Leadership

This program focuses on developing tranformational leaders: prepared, ethical practitioners able to effect change, conduct research to make informed decisions, and support the growth and development of others.


Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and is a member of the Concordia University System.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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