Concordia University Chicago Online

Introduction

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 rank 22 out of 7,400 U.S. colleges and universities for high-quality education master's and bachelor’s programs (College Database’s List of Top U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2013).
  • 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 (PhD) in leadership. As a result, Concordia added PhD 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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MA, Higher Education Leadership

Campus or Online 22  Open Enrolment USA Chicago

The higher education leadership curriculum encourages students to draw and build upon knowledge and experiences related to their professional work while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making. While grounded in topics related to Higher Education systems in the United States, this emphasis also provides opportunities to explore the internationalization and globalization of higher education. [+]

The higher education leadership curriculum encourages students to draw and build upon knowledge and experiences related to their professional work while also requiring students to develop strong research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making. While grounded in topics related to Higher Education systems in the United States, this emphasis also provides opportunities to explore the internationalization and globalization of higher education. 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 leadership skills that students attain while pursuing a master’s in leadership are transferrable across all types of organizations—private, for profit, nonprofit and public. The Concordia-Chicago leadership curriculum was developed to prepare students to lead organizational change and innovation, while managing the challenges of continuous change and global competition. Students who pursue their master’s in leadership may be working as or want to pursue careers as information officers, strategic planners, project managers, sales directors, military officers, hospital administrators and religious leaders. The Concordia-Chicago master of arts in leadership studies is designed for people with all types of backgrounds and interests, whether they work or want to work in the government, nonprofit, for-profit, health care, higher education, military, and human services at the local, regional, national or global level. Core Qualities of a Leader While salaries vary based on industry, experience and geographic location, the following qualities are essential leadership skills that are relevant and necessary for all organizations. The MA in leadership at Concordia University Chicago is the program where you can acquire or hone your leadership and managerial skills, with special emphasis on communication, problem-solving and decision-making. Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization. Decision-making skills. Top executives need decision-making skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily. Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead a successful organization by coordinating policies, people, and resources. Management skills. Top executives must organize and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees and budgets. Problem-solving skills. Top executives need problem-solving skills after identifying issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Top Executive. Why Pursue a Master's in Leadership? Are you a big-picture or a detail-oriented person? The organizational landscape is one that is global, change-oriented, and fast-paced. Leaders need to be forward thinkers, innovators, sensitive, flexible, and able to adapt to the demands and expectations of stakeholders. While an MBA will prepare you to manage, an MA in leadership will prepare you to lead. Organizations need leaders who understand that the top-down type of leadership must give way to an organic and fluid method of leading others. You will emerge with a confidence of knowing you can lead with strategic foresight. The program’s central core focuses on leadership theory and offers specializations in knowledge management, health services, servant leadership, higher education leadership and organizational leadership. Concordia University Chicago leadership students become part of a global learning community of individuals, and graduate with the essential leadership toolkit containing communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, research and analysis, and people skills. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course. Admission Requirements for US and International Applicants To be considered for admission to a master's program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and submit the following: Application for admission: Apply online. Objective Statement Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago. This is part of the online application. Transcripts Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned. International Transcripts Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts course-by-course evaluations fromWES (World Education Services) ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). Two letters of recommendation Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work. Prerequisite credit Prerequisite credit requirements vary by degree program. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the School Counseling program require 12 earned credit hours at the undergraduate level in a discipline appropriate to each respective program, with a grade of C or above. Most other master’s degree programs do not have a prerequisite credit requirement. Program specific requirements For the Master of Arts in Teaching and the School Counseling programs, students will be required to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and submit passing scores. A writing sample and essay are required for a student to qualify for these programs. All documents should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services, Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305. The office fax number is (708) 209-3454. Additional Requirements for International Applicants Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission: English Language Proficiency International applicants who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or students from an international English-speaking university (in which the lingua franca is English) need not submit English language scores. Otherwise, applicants must demonstrate one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 60 (internet-based), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0, or Michigan test score of 85, or Pearson Test of English score of at least 61, or Proof of successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director, or King George International College (KGIC) English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE) final proficiency test score of 75% with a passing class score of 80. Transcripts Provide official, sealed transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned showing all college/university course work with certified English translations (ECE or WES course-by-course) of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Foreign Transcript Evaluation Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. Concordia accepts course-by-course evaluations from WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). Professional Résumé (or Curriculum Vitae) Declaration of Finances Submit a certified document pledging financial support for the first year of study and verifying the same for the following year/s of study. Medical A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment. Regular Admission Requirements International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll. International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program prior to enrollment. All documents should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the student’s expected start date. I-20 forms will be issued after admission is granted. GPA Requirements Applicant's must show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program through the following: Full Admission To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Probationary Admission To be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. Provisional Admission (available only to US residents and citizens) To be considered for Provisional Admission candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites. All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. Superintendent endorsement and doctoral programs have higher GPA requirements. See requirements in their respective sections. Additional Testing Depending on program of study, students may be required to take additional tests such as the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test and/or the Illinois Basic Skills Test. A writing sample, essay, FBI fingerprint criminal background check, valid teaching certificate and/or interview may also be required to determine what may be necessary for a student to qualify for a graduate program. Pending Status (US citizens and residents only) Students applying for admission to a master’s, post-master’s, post baccalaureate, or for a Certificate of Advanced Studies may enroll in an eligible program with Pending Status if all the required documentation has not been received at the time the student wishes to register for the course. Students admitted under Pending Status may register for courses in their initial term of admission only. To register for subsequent terms, pending students must be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program for which they have applied. Students entering with Pending Status are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the university. Doctoral and international students are not eligible to enroll with Pending Status. [-]

MA, TESOL

Online & Campus Combined 22  Open Enrolment USA Chicago

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in TESOL is available both online and on campus and is designed for those who want to pursue a career teaching English to both adults and children. [+]

Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in TESOL is available both online and on campus and is designed for those who want to pursue a career teaching English to both adults and children. Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate competency and proficiency as ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language / English as a Foreign Language) teachers in any of the following settings, whether in the US or overseas: community organizations intensive English programs college/university settings private language companies or corporations Coursework in educating both adults and children, mobile/distance learning, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) will provide the theoretical framework and practical knowledge important to teaching English to adults and children. Because so many kinds of ESL/EFL teaching jobs are available worldwide, TESOL is an important field in an ever-shrinking world. International schools are opening up worldwide and every year more Americans move abroad to teach or work in global settings as companies shift their headquarters transnationally. Learning Objectives and Competencies Apply the pedagogical framework of adult and child learning theory in contemporary learning environments Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching of adult and child learners Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult and child learners Be viable candidates in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course. Admission Requirements for US and International Applicants To be considered for admission to a master's program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and submit the following: Application for admission: Apply online. Objective Statement Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago. This is part of the online application. Transcripts Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned. International Transcripts Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts course-by-course evaluations fromWES (World Education Services) ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). Two letters of recommendation Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work. Prerequisite credit Prerequisite credit requirements vary by degree program. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the School Counseling program require 12 earned credit hours at the undergraduate level in a discipline appropriate to each respective program, with a grade of C or above. Most other master’s degree programs do not have a prerequisite credit requirement. Program specific requirements For the Master of Arts in Teaching and the School Counseling programs, students will be required to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and submit passing scores. A writing sample and essay are required for a student to qualify for these programs. All documents should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services, Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL 60305. The office fax number is (708) 209-3454. Additional Requirements for International Applicants Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission: English Language Proficiency International applicants who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or students from an international English-speaking university (in which the lingua franca is English) need not submit English language scores. Otherwise, applicants must demonstrate one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 60 (internet-based), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0, or Michigan test score of 85, or Pearson Test of English score of at least 61, or Proof of successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director, or King George International College (KGIC) English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE) final proficiency test score of 75% with a passing class score of 80. Transcripts Provide official, sealed transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned showing all college/university course work with certified English translations (ECE or WES course-by-course) of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Foreign Transcript Evaluation Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service. Concordia accepts course-by-course evaluations from WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). Professional Résumé (or Curriculum Vitae) Declaration of Finances Submit a certified document pledging financial support for the first year of study and verifying the same for the following year/s of study. Medical A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment. Regular Admission Requirements International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll. International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program prior to enrollment. All documents should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the student’s expected start date. I-20 forms will be issued after admission is granted. GPA Requirements Applicant's must show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program through the following: Full Admission To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Probationary Admission To be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. Provisional Admission (available only to US residents and citizens) To be considered for Provisional Admission candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites. All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. Superintendent endorsement and doctoral programs have higher GPA requirements. See requirements in their respective sections. Additional Testing Depending on program of study, students may be required to take additional tests such as the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test and/or the Illinois Basic Skills Test. A writing sample, essay, FBI fingerprint criminal background check, valid teaching certificate and/or interview may also be required to determine what may be necessary for a student to qualify for a graduate program. Pending Status (US citizens and residents only) Students applying for admission to a master’s, post-master’s, post baccalaureate, or for a Certificate of Advanced Studies may enroll in an eligible program with Pending Status if all the required documentation has not been received at the time the student wishes to register for the course. Students admitted under Pending Status may register for courses in their initial term of admission only. To register for subsequent terms, pending students must be unconditionally admitted to the graduate program for which they have applied. Students entering with Pending Status are not eligible for any form of financial assistance from the university. Doctoral and international students are not eligible to enroll with Pending Status. [-]

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