International Application Checklist

Please submit the following application materials:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts demonstrating completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (In-progress transcripts must document current coursework.)
    Note: If you are submitting transcripts from an institution outside of the United States you will need a course-by-course evaluation completed by one of our transcript evaluation partners.
  3. Proof of English proficiency: A score of 80 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that is no more than two years old is required.
    Exception: International students whose undergraduate education took place in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
  4. A minimum 2.80 grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate work (3.0 GPA for any graduate coursework) is required for admission.
    Note: Graduate credit at Concordia will only be awarded for courses receiving a B- grade or higher.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, dated within the last six months. We ask that your references state how they know you, how they have seen you interact with youth or in an educational setting, and how they feel you will be as a teacher. Please have your reference seal the letter and sign over the seal. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students.
  6. Personal Character Questionnaire (PDF) required by TSPC.
  7. Detailed résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in educational settings.
  8. Letter of Intent (one to two pages) that explains why you want to be a teacher, why you are choosing Concordia, and where you see yourself in five years (both personally and professionally).
  9. Interview with the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. (This is the final phase of the admission process. If your completed file meets all requirements, you may be contacted to schedule an interview.)

Testing Requirements

For elementary candidates, passing scores for state-mandated tests are required before students begin their practicum/student teaching experiences but are not required for admission.

Secondary candidates who do not hold a degree in the endorsement area they are seeking to teach must pass the NES content exam (or exams, if they are dual-endorsed) PRIOR to admission. For those who hold a degree in their endorsement area of interest, passing scores are required before they can begin their practicum/student teaching experiences.

Elementary and secondary candidates are strongly encouraged to pass all tests prior to starting the program. Please see the Testing Brochure (PDF) for a complete listing of these tests.

Additional steps

Once you are admitted and have made your tuition deposit you will be asked to submit the following:

If you are transferring a visa from another school within the United States, send a copy of your current I-20 and the U.S. Transfer Information form (PDF) signed by the International Student Advisor at that school.

Scan and email to:
Fax to: +1 503-280-8531
Mail to:
The Office of Admission
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97211-6099


Please contact Maya Hoffman, Assistant Director of International Admission by emailing or calling +1 503-493-6548.

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