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 document-by-document 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. 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.
  5. Personal Character Questionnaire (PDF) required by TSPC.
  6. Detailed résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in educational settings.
  7. Statements of Intent. Please respond to the following prompts individually.  Number each response.
    1. Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study at Concordia (approximately 75-100 words).
    2. Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approximately 200-250 words).
    3. Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge affecting elementary and secondary educational settings. Provide an example. What action should educators take to address this challenge? (approximately 200-250 words)
    4. For candidates who earned under a 2.80 grade point average (GPA), please explain what led to the low GPA and how you will succeed in an academically challenging graduate program today.
  8. An interview may be required

Note: Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) must be 2.80 or higher for standard admission. The GPA requirement for graduate courses transferred in must be 3.0 or higher. Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 2.80; however, two letters of recommendation are required as well as possible additional material.

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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