Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs

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Introduction

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WHY CONCORDIA-CHICAGO?

Concordia University Chicago is a leader in graduate and undergraduate education. Our accredited, highly ranked, on-campus, cohort and online bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs can help you achieve your education and career goals:

  • Founded in 1864, Concordia-Chicago is celebrating its 150th anniversary of bringing higher education to the world.
  • More than 3,500 students are enrolled in our online, cohort and on-campus master's and doctoral programs.
  • We are the second fastest growing campus among nonprofit master's degree-granting institutions in the U.S. for 2004–2009 (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 Almanac Edition).
  • In February 2012, the Higher Learning Commission granted accreditation for Concordia-Chicago to offer a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in leadership. As a result, Concordia added Ph.D. to its doctor of education (EdD) in leadership with eight specializations.
  • In 2010, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education conferred its prestigious “Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without conditions” on Concordia’s 18 education programs.

WHY EARN A DEGREE ONLINE?

At Concordia University Chicago, we have tailored our online programs for working adults like you, who must balance the desire for higher education with the realities and responsibilities of work, family and life.

A Community of Online Learners. When you enroll at Concordia-Chicago, you will join a dynamic and vibrant online learning community. Faculty will be in almost daily interaction with students, leading online discussions and posing thought-provoking questions. Insights from your fellow students will keep you constantly thinking and learning. Over the course of your degree, you’ll form relationships with fellow classmates that will last a lifetime.

Study on Your Schedule. In our online environment, there's no set time you must attend class. Each week, you’ll access a study module with lectures, readings and assignments. Then you’ll engage with your online learning community in faculty- and student-led discussions. You’ll "attend class" when it's convenient for you, whether it’s at 6 a.m. before you leave for work or at 10 p.m. after the kids have gone to bed.

Structure and Predictability. In our online classroom, you’ll take one course at a time in a predetermined sequence, with each course lasting eight weeks.

Anytime, Anywhere Access. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can connect to your class and access all of your class materials—books, articles, libraries, student discussions and assignments—anytime and anywhere.

Wave of the Future. Today, more than 40 percent of students enrolling in graduate programs are choosing to study exclusively online. Even doctoral students are earning their terminal degrees online.

Global Campus, Global Education. Our global classroom for graduate programs will help you earn a global education. We have students from 37 states and 26 foreign countries. Your online learning community may have students from far-flung reaches of the globe, from China to Spain to South Africa.

Global Faculty. We select our online faculty from the best of the best across the United States and around the world. We seek out highly qualified, personable professors who are experts in their fields. Our global faculty will bring a diverse, worldly perspective to your graduate education.

Save Time and Money. In an online environment, you won’t spend time and money driving, parking and walking to class. Online, you access your class from wherever it’s convenient to you.

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Programmes

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BA

Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Animation

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

Students enrolled in Animation programs pursue careers in animation art, character animation, CGI effects, and motion graphics. Concordia-Chicago’s animation coursework focuses on the art and production of moving images, as well as the organizational aspects of the animation field--project development and preproduction. [+]

Prepare for a career at the intersection of art and technology

Students enrolled in Animation programs pursue careers in animation art, character animation, CGI effects, and motion graphics. Concordia-Chicago’s animation coursework focuses on the art and production of moving images, as well as the organizational aspects of the animation field--project development and preproduction. A degree in Animation also prepares students to work in a variety of traditionally “unanimated” subjects as visual learning techniques expand into other knowledge disciplines through the “artification” of history, science, engineering, architecture, broadcasting, education, training, social services, legal, medicine, forensics, and others.... [-]


Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Game Art & Design

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

Not long ago, gaming was considered a leisure pastime that often involved scenarios among player-combatants, a virtual alternative to the traditional sport. Now, however, game software development occupies a burgeoning role in the global economy as a means to engage consumers by increasing motivation to interact with educational, commercial, practical and even spiritual content. [+]

Harness the power of gaming to educate, motivate, and entertain.

Not long ago, gaming was considered a leisure pastime that often involved scenarios among player-combatants, a virtual alternative to the traditional sport. Now, however, game software development occupies a burgeoning role in the global economy as a means to engage consumers by increasing motivation to interact with educational, commercial, practical and even spiritual content.

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Graduates of Game Art and Design programs pursue careers in game development, software engineering, computer graphics, and commercial production. The career prospects for applications software developers are bright. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Employment statistics, employment in the computer software development sector is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations; the current average annual salary for software developers is $102,280. The American gaming industry has a predicted 2017 revenue of $23.5 billion.... [-]


Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Healthcare Management

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

A Health Care Management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the not-for-profit sectors, and many more. [+]

Open the door to success in Health Care Management

A Health Care Management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the not-for-profit sectors, and many more.

Concordia-Chicago’s courses in healthcare management prepare students to:

coordinate and facilitate the work of others in a healthcare organization relative to their roles and functions to accomplish organizational goals understand organizational structure, culture, and ethics to effectively guide individuals and teams explore functional areas of a healthcare organization such as human resources, marketing, accounting and law demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills applied to a healthcare context Find your place in a high-growth career field ... [-]

Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Organizational Management

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

An Organizational Management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the not-for-profit sectors, as well as many more. [+]

Open the door to success in management with a flexible degree

An Organizational Management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government and the not-for-profit sectors, as well as many more.

Concordia-Chicago’s courses in organizational management prepare students to:

coordinate and facilitate the work of others to accomplish goals that may not be achieved by a single individual understand organizations and their culture recognize the many roles performed by managers understand the techniques that effectively guide individuals and teams explore organizational areas such as human resources, operations, marketing, education and technology develop credibility with colleagues cultivate interpersonal skills and demonstrate exemplary public presentation skills Find your place in a high-growth career field ... [-]

Online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sports & Recreation Management

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

Sports and Recreation Management involves the administration, marketing and promotion, and making financial and human resource decisions in sport and fitness organizations. Occupations in this field include collegiate and professional sport administrators including athletic directors, managers, and general managers, sports agents, recreation center directors, youth sport directors, as well as coaches, scouts, and strength and conditioning directors. [+]

Ready. Set. Go! Hit the Ground Running.

Sports and Recreation Management involves the administration, marketing and promotion, and making financial and human resource decisions in sport and fitness organizations. Occupations in this field include collegiate and professional sport administrators including athletic directors, managers, and general managers, sports agents, recreation center directors, youth sport directors, as well as coaches, scouts, and strength and conditioning directors. The field of sports and recreation management encompasses implementation of skills that serve in the event and facility coordination and management as well as managing resources for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Sports and recreation management professionals must have an understanding of basic sport law and ethics, finance, accounting, market and management in a sport-specific climate.... [-]


Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia-Chicago’s Bachelor of Science degree in human resource (HR) management provides students with a fundamental understanding of the workplace, human capital and how to provide value to any organization. Human resource professionals contribute to the successful operation of an enterprise by motivating employees, enforcing government regulations, handling labor negotiations, establishing competitive employee benefits, and developing training programs for maintaining a successful workplace with optimal productivity. [+]

Maximize the potential of human capital in the workplace.

Concordia-Chicago’s Bachelor of Science degree in human resource (HR) management provides students with a fundamental understanding of the workplace, human capital and how to provide value to any organization. Human resource professionals contribute to the successful operation of an enterprise by motivating employees, enforcing government regulations, handling labor negotiations, establishing competitive employee benefits, and developing training programs for maintaining a successful workplace with optimal productivity. Equipped with a basic understanding of the fluctuating landscape of corporate culture, graduates of Concordia-Chicago’s bachelor’s degree program in human resource management may proceed immediately to employment in small businesses, non-profit organizations, private corporations, and global enterprises.... [-]


BSc

Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Safety Administration

Online August 2019 USA River Forest

Public safety involves the prevention and reaction to any emergency that may threaten individual citizens. Occupations in this field include police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and management positions in medical and health services and emergency response. [+]

Step up. Be a hero.

Public safety involves the prevention and reaction to any emergency that may threaten individual citizens. Occupations in this field include police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and management positions in medical and health services and emergency response. The field of public safety encompasses implementation of tactics that serve as life safety, property preservation, and incident stabilization. Public safety professionals must have an understanding of the current laws, a climate of the community and understanding the objectives that need to be carried out to best serve organizational goals.

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Employment of public safety personnel is projected to grow 5% from 2014-2024, about as fast as the average for all first responders. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings. As natural disasters, car crashes and other acts of violence continue to grow, there will be a need for more first responders. The increase in active shooter incidents and possible terrorist activity has led to an increase in calls for assistance, which has added to the need for more police officers to answer those calls. The recent surge in natural disasters will only increase the need for hiring more first responders. It is anticipated that there will be over 100,000 new hires in public safety. Governmental agencies haven’t taken into account retirees in public safety, which will open up more employment opportunities.... [-]


Certificate

Online Endorsement, ESL and Bilingual

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

Upon completion of the ESL strand of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction or Master of Arts in ESL, candidates are eligible for the ESL endorsement to be attached to an existing standard teaching license offered by the State of Illinois. [+]

The ESL and Bilingual endorsements are designed for teachers who are licensed to teach in the United States. Upon completion of the coursework candidates are eligible for the ESL endorsement to be attached to an existing standard teaching license offered by the State of Illinois. Candidates outside of Illinois should contact their state board of education for eligibility. Candidates seeking the Bilingual endorsement within the state of Illinois will need to pass a language proficiency exam. Please refer to ISBE’s website for more information.

The ESL and bilingual endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.

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MA

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Blended and Online Teaching for pK-12 Educators

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in blended and online teaching for pK-12 educators is designed exclusively to prepare to practice K-12 educators for instruction in blended and online environments. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in blended and online teaching for pK-12 educators is designed exclusively to prepare to practice K-12 educators for instruction in blended and online environments.

It aligns with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning's national quality standards for teaching online (2011) and the International Society for Technology in Teaching’s standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge educators need to teach, work, and learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society (2008).

Learning/Program Objectives Be able to articulate the pedagogical underpinnings of online education and develop instructional strategies appropriate to the online student. Think creatively and critically of ways in which online education can serve to meet the learning needs of students. Master a variety of technology skills using current information, communication, and learning technologies. Develop instructional and assessment strategies using research-based data-driven decision making to inform instruction. Envision emerging technology trends and their application in teaching and learning. Career and Industry Outlook ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction provides graduate candidates with an innovative, world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced education leaders and scholars, who assist candidates throughout a rigorous degree track by stressing the importance of integrity, competence and servant leadership. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction provides graduate candidates with an innovative, world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced education leaders and scholars, who assist candidates throughout a rigorous degree track by stressing the importance of integrity, competence and servant leadership.

Faculty methods utilize the latest technology and engage students through real-world applications using multiple instructional models. We establish a critical theoretical and practical approach for well-rounded learning environments which prepare candidates for success in the field of education today and tomorrow for education leaders.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Differentiated Instruction

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. [+]

The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students. Candidates will:

Think critically, creatively, and analytically in ways that promote meaningful teaching and learning experiences. Be able to articulate learning theory, assess student needs and develop curriculum and instructional strategies to meet those needs. Master a variety of cognitive and learning theories, differentiation in the content areas, instructional technology across the curriculum, various instructional approaches and the importance of managing the differentiated learning environment using research-based instructional strategies and data-driven decision making. Career Options Response to Instruction (RTI) Specialist Teacher Leader (Special Education, ESL, Tier I Instruction) Differentiated Curriculum Specialist/Coach Instructional Coach Grade-Level or Content-Team Leader Department Chair College Professor (undergraduate, graduate, online, face-to-face) Program Length ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Education

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The MA in ECE program prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles in early childhood education and is relevant for early childhood teachers, administrators, public policy and advocacy specialists, and scholars. [+]

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education has achieved National Recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), thereby meeting standards as one of the top graduate degree programs in the country. The MA in ECE program prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles in early childhood education and is relevant for early childhood teachers, administrators, public policy and advocacy specialists, and scholars. This program is designed to provide candidates with a strong background in child and language development, family and community relationships, assessment, research, theory and practice, of birth through age eight programs within a variety of educational settings: public and private centers and schools, adult and community-based educational settings, and other for- and non-profit organizations.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Special Education

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in early childhood special education is designed for educators with an early childhood certificate/endorsement or the LBS1 (pre-kindergarten to age 21) endorsement. This program is for educators who desire to teach early childhood students with disabilities from birth to below kindergarten. It is also designed to provide qualified candidates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an early childhood special education teacher.

Learning Objectives Build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of early childhood special education Examine issues relevant to the early intervention, least restrictive environment, appropriate educational settings, language development, and special education law and policy. Develop and utilize appropriate assessments and teaching strategies for young children with disabilities. Collaborate with all stakeholders, including parents, community, family members, and other institutions to support young children with disabilities. Conduct research to answer questions related to early childhood special education practices and successfully meet the needs of all learners. Program Requirements Early Childhood Certificate/Endorsement or LBS 1 Endorsement Hold a professional educator license Completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Program Length ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The MA in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction program prepares face-to-face teachers in public and private schools to integrate technology with curriculum, instruction, assessment, and foundations of education. [+]

The MA in Education Technology: Curriculum and Instruction program prepares face-to-face teachers in public and private schools to integrate technology with curriculum, instruction, assessment, and foundations of education. The program is constructed for teachers who teach in a traditional face-to-face classroom and/or a 1:1 environment, and desire to develop theoretical and practical understandings of educational technologies within curricular, instructional, and assessment frameworks. In addition, coursework addresses differentiating instruction using technology, the use of adaptive/assistive tech for all students (with emphasis on students with special needs), building learning communities, using social media effectively, and researching applied learning to their own classrooms. The program is aligned to ISTE-Teaching standards and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Education Technology: Leadership

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The MA, Education Technology: Leadership program is for licensed teachers desiring a career path towards being a technology specialist, technology director or technology coach. The program prepares teacher-leaders with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs at a departmental, school, or district level. [+]

The MA, Education Technology: Leadership program is for licensed teachers desiring a career path towards being a technology specialist, technology director or technology coach. The program prepares teacher-leaders with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs at a departmental, school, or district level. As learners develop skills that are aligned with the national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-C, 2012), they develop and assess the impact of technology-based learning experiences. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology enables each student to qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the State of Illinois by entitlement upon successful completion of the program.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Human Services Administration

Online Full time 24  January 2019 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Human Service Administration degree program provides graduates with skills and expertise in the areas of leadership, management and direct quality service delivery to others. It addresses the needs of students interested in pursuing supervisory and management roles in agencies that provide social services to a wide variety of clients. [+]

The Master of Arts in Human Service Administration degree program provides graduates with skills and expertise in the areas of leadership, management and direct quality service delivery to others. It addresses the needs of students interested in pursuing supervisory and management roles in agencies that provide social services to a wide variety of clients. These organizations could include non-profits, for-profit services and government agencies. A combination of knowledge and skills in both management and human development provides a strong framework for understanding such administrative roles.

The Human Services Administration graduate program is designed to enable students to:

Acquire a core of knowledge related to effective leadership positions within human services agencies. Develop organizational and managerial skills necessary for competent administration. Integrate a theoretical orientation with practical competency in the realm of human relations. Assume positions of an administrative nature in various health care agencies. Curriculum ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership: Healthcare Specialization

Online Full time 24  January 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in leadership studies program is based on the conviction that leaders must learn to lead change so that services and deliverables are effectively, ethically, and efficiently delivered to an increasingly diverse population, in the context of a changing economy and rapidly developing technologies. The graduate program in leadership studies focuses on practitioner needs by linking theory to the best practices of leadership. [+]

The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law, and ethics in a healthcare context. Key policies, principles, and practices of healthcare administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program is based on the conviction that leaders must learn to lead change so that services and deliverables are effectively, ethically and efficiently delivered to an increasingly diverse population, in the context of a changing economy and rapidly developing technologies. The graduate program in leadership studies focuses on practitioner needs by linking theory to the best practices of leadership.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Reading Specialist K-12

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. [+]

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

Credentialing Requirements

Upon successful completion of the required courses and the Illinois 221 Reading Specialist Test, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Reading Specialist* credential, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or secondary Illinois school settings.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Religion

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time. [+]

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) capitalizes on the rich Lutheran confession of Concordia University Chicago (CUC). It is an ideal way for church workers and laypersons to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology in an online format designed for people who work full time.

The program is taught in cohort groups who move through the 11 courses together. Each course is eight weeks in length; one course is taken at a time. Students may begin study in the fall or spring semester. No courses are taught in the summer.

Who benefits from the Master of Arts in Religion? Lutheran educators, deaconesses, Directors of Christian Education, missionaries, church workers, and laypersons. Holding an advanced degree may help LCMS church workers receive increased benefits from their employers. Informed Christian laypersons from any denomination who desire faithful, Confessional study of theology from professors who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative. Retirees who wish to study God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Spouses of Lutheran church workers may utilize this education for effective service in their congregation. Who teaches the courses? ... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education, LBS1

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education is designed for the licensed educator who desires to become an accomplished special education teacher as well as earn an Illinois* LBS1 endorsement. This program is designed to provide teachers interested in special education the knowledge and skills to work in a continuum of special education services (e.g., self-contained through inclusive). Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as a special education teacher regarding Individualized General Curriculum and Individualized Independence Curriculum (CEC, 2015). Emphasis on methods, assistive technology, and assessment for the following learners with disabilities' access needs includes: learning disabilities, social/emotional disabilities (internationally known as, and otherwise known as, emotional/behavioral disorders), intellectual disabilities (internationally known and formerly known as, mental retardation), physical disabilities, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and traumatic brain injury. This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Illinois* Professional Educator’s License (PEL).... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education Leadership

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership is designed for licensed professional educators working in the field of special education who desire to become a special education leader.

The Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in the administrative work involved in leading special education programs. This degree is designed to provide qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in the practice of leadership in the field of special education.

This program will enable candidates to:

Apply an understanding of the financial and legal implications of special education programs in making critical decisions impacting students. Develop and implement a professional development plan that promotes growth in personnel. Understand the role of each stakeholder and their contribution to the special education program. Be knowledgeable about and support the use of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs. Conduct research to answer questions related to special education practices and successfully and systemically meet the needs of exceptional learners. Program Requirements Application to and acceptance into Special Education Leadership program Experience providing special education service (as a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist, a school social worker, or school psychologist) Successful completion of 30 credit hours of coursework Areas of Study - 30 hours Special Education Law & Policy* Special Education Finance* Supervision of Programs for Children with Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Disabilities* Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional... [-]

Online Master of Arts (MA) in Teacher Leadership

Online Full time 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The master of arts in teacher leadership program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. [+]

The master of arts in teacher leadership program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. This degree is designed for active teachers who are not interested in becoming a principal. Rather, graduate candidates aim for leadership roles in a variety of capacities, such as department chairs, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, mentor teachers and community liaisons, in addition to other leadership positions.

Program Objectives and Competencies

Concordia-Chicago’s master of arts in teacher leader will enable graduate candidates to:... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Urban Schooling

Online Full time 20  August 2019 USA River Forest

This program prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school, and broader educational arena. Developed for the engaged, passionate educator committed to a transformational vision of schooling, this degree equips you with the knowledge base, skill sets and critical perspectives needed for successful practice and advocacy in a variety of educational settings. [+]

A Transformational Vision of Schooling

This program prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school, and broader educational arena. Developed for the engaged, passionate educator committed to a transformational vision of schooling, this degree equips you with the knowledge base, skill sets and critical perspectives needed for successful practice and advocacy in a variety of educational settings.

In a political and policy climate that encourages and praises direct instruction methods, skills-based learning and accountability through testing, this program is situated within democratic theories of education and is designed to provide you with the tools to engage in meaningful and creative conversations about the short-term and long-term consequences of today’s climate.... [-]


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Women's and Gender Studies

Online Full time 20  January 2019 USA River Forest

The MA in Women’s and Gender Studies offer innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing today’s most pressing issues while also developing critical thinking and leadership skills to benefit students in their professional, creative and intellectual lives. The Women’s and Gender Studies discipline is applicable for academics, educators, health care professionals, social service practitioners, activists, human rights workers, and law enforcement professionals who are concerned with issues of identity, equity, and citizenship both locally and globally. [+]

The MA in Women’s and Gender Studies offer innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing today’s most pressing issues while also developing critical thinking and leadership skills to benefit students in their professional, creative and intellectual lives. The Women’s and Gender Studies discipline is applicable for academics, educators, health care professionals, social service practitioners, activists, human rights workers, and law enforcement professionals who are concerned with issues of identity, equity, and citizenship both locally and globally.

Program Objectives

The Master's Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies program will enable candidates to:

Engage in critical analysis of today’s most pressing issues while cultivating leadership skills to benefit students’ professional, creative and intellectual lives. Develop a knowledge base in global human rights perspectives with an emphasis on gender. Become familiar with current research on and theory in women’s and gender studies. Foster academic curiosity to encourage students engagement in ethical leadership and civic engagement. Develop an understanding of collective and individual identity policies to enhance students’ efficacy in their professions and communities. Develop an understanding of interdisciplinary frameworks to study gender as a field of inquiry and as a mode of analysis. Program Requirements Admission acceptance into the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Completion of the Women’s and Gender Studies coursework Completion of the capstone experience, the Seminar in Critical Praxis International students complete a Seminar in Higher Education course during the first semester* Curriculum ... [-]

MSc

Online Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology

Online Full time 20  August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia-Chicago’s online MS in Instructional Design and Technology is ranked ninth in the U.S. by OnlineColleges.net. Concordia-Chicago is the only university in Illinois and one of the few in the Midwest to receive an OnlineColleges.net ranking in this area of study. [+]

A top-ranked online program

Concordia-Chicago’s online MS in Instructional Design and Technology is ranked ninth in the U.S. by OnlineColleges.net. Concordia-Chicago is the only university in Illinois and one of the few in the Midwest to receive an OnlineColleges.net ranking in this area of study.

Harness technology as a powerful teaching and training tool

The Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is designed to meet the needs of instructional designers, e-learning developers, and trainers in corporate, higher education, non-profit, and government organizations. Through applied research and hands-on design, the IDT program contributes to the improvement of instructional methodologies and the design and implementation of learning innovations and environments.... [-]


Master

Online Master of Education (MED) in Teaching and Learning

Online Full time 12 - 24  August 2019 USA River Forest

The master of education in teaching and learning at Concordia University Chicago is designed for current educators who desire to deepen their understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment theory through a practitioner’s lens. [+]

The master of education in teaching and learning at Concordia University Chicago is designed for current educators who desire to deepen their understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment theory through a practitioner’s lens. This program provides innovative teaching strategies with respect to technology in the classroom, diverse student populations, disciplinary literacy, and an increasingly complex assessment environment that responsibly melds national standards and assessment.

Please note, this program does not lead to a teaching license and is designed for those who are already working in the field of education.

Learning Objectives

Candidates will:

Integrate foundational theories with the sophisticated lesson and curriculum design, exemplary instruction and responsible assessment. Develop an understanding of how to respond to the needs of all learners using differentiation, effective instruction and assessment. Apply an understanding of diversity in learning to classroom instructional practices. Recognize the critical role technology plays in teaching and learning. Program Length ... [-]

PhD

Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction is for teachers who wish to pursue a program as educators and scholars preparing for leadership roles in public or private schools. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction is for teachers who wish to pursue a program as educators and scholars preparing for leadership roles in public or private schools. This program develops educational experts who can design, implement, evaluate and manage curriculum and instruction programs in K-12 schools.

Learning Objectives Develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of curriculum and instruction, with a theoretical and practical knowledge. Develop competency in curriculum evaluation, development, and mapping. Improve understanding of the teaching and learning process. Build a strong professional background in areas related to curriculum and instruction. Support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in schools. ... [-]

Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Early Childhood Education Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment. [+]

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment.

The degree is built upon the candidate’s prior work in the field. The program provides a theoretical and practical framework for advanced work and leadership in the field of early childhood with an emphasis on current research.

The EdD/ Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for current and future leaders in the field to extend knowledge in early childhood education and develop understandings of current and future issues in the field. These opportunities are organized into coursework, practical experiences in the field and research.... [-]


Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Educational Leadership Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current graduate education, which enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools. [+]

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current graduate education, which enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools.

We advocate for our doctoral degree candidates and all students in the public and nonpublic schools. We are reflective professionals who provide quality, relevant, and current education for our graduate candidates in leadership. We prepare our candidates to be teacher and administrator leaders guiding public and nonpublic schools in the service of students so that they may become effective citizens in a global society.... [-]


Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Education Technology Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in education technology program develops technology experts into technicians responsible for instructional design, human resource development, professional development, project management and continuing education of employees. [+]

The doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in education technology program develops technology experts into technicians responsible for instructional design, human resource development, professional development, project management and continuing education of employees. Graduates will be able to design, implement, evaluate and manage educational technology for K-12 education, higher education, corporate training, medicine and continuing education in professional settings.

The goals of doctoral study are to develop research and critical thinking skills in the field of educational technology on both a theoretical and practical level; develop competency in technology development, implementation and evaluation; improve the connection between technology and the teaching and learning process; build a strong professional background in areas related to educational technology; and support and lead reform and change efforts related to technology practices and human resource management. The coursework will assist in facilitating the exploration, discussion, and understanding of challenges and possibilities of educational technology in a variety of educational settings.... [-]


Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Reading, Language, and Literacy Specialization

Online Campus Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization reading, language, and literacy provide a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization reading, language, and literacy provide a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

The EdD/ Ph.D. program in reading, language and literacy is designed to provide students with a strong background in research, theory, reading, writing and multiliteracy programs. Our graduates are prepared to become faculty and leaders in the creation and implementation of research-based literacy programs in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, adult and community-based outreach programs, corporate training settings and nonprofit educational endeavors.... [-]


Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Special Education Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in special education is designed for candidates who desire to continue their education as educators and scholars prepared for leadership roles in the area of special education in public or private institutions. [+]

The doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in special education is designed for candidates who desire to continue their education as educators and scholars prepared for leadership roles in the area of special education in public or private institutions. This program develops special education experts who can design, implement, evaluate and manage programs in a variety of public and private settings.

The goals of doctoral study in this program are to:

Develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of special education, with a theoretical and practical knowledge. Develop competency in special education leadership, curriculum modification and program evaluation. Improve understanding of the needs of families as it relates to special services. Understand the role of advocacy in supporting key stakeholders. Support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in special education. Program Requirements Application to an admission into the Special Education doctoral program Successful completion of 61 credit hours (EdD) or 67 credit hours (Ph.D.) Comprehensive Examination Dissertation Program Length ... [-]

Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Teacher Leadership Specialization

Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in teacher leadership is designed for graduate students who would like to continue their careers as facilitators, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, coordinators of district initiatives, trainers and building- and district-level teacher leaders in various educational settings. [+]

Are you looking to pursue a doctoral program that can assist you in analyzing the leadership challenges facing schools and educational settings today? Join us for a close and personal online EdD/ Ph.D. program at Concordia University Chicago. With approximately three years of online coursework, plus the successful completion of comprehensive exams and doctoral dissertation, you can earn a doctoral degree that broadens your potential to advance your career.

Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in teacher leadership is designed for graduate students who would like to continue their careers as facilitators, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, coordinators of district initiatives, trainers and building- and district-level teacher leaders in various educational settings. The teacher leadership doctoral program focuses on the fostering instructional improvement for increased student achievement, promoting teacher and staff development and growth, organizational change and school cultures and outreach to families and communities.... [-]


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