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Referred to as “the other career in education,” the realm of student services has many names: student affairs, student personnel administration, student support, and university administration (to name a few). They all describe one job: an administrative position in higher education. From campus activities to financial aid to academic advising, student services includes a wide range of university positions. Regardless of where you end up within a university, being a part of student services can be challenging. It is a competitive field. Often the job requirements include having a master’s degree. So, why invest the time and financial resources to become an… more >

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You are an educator. You have dedicated your career to promoting knowledge in young people. Perhaps you are currently a principal or school administrator. Now, you are considering the role of school district superintendent. A big step? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. Here are the best five reasons to become a superintendent: Reason 1: Influence The superintendent “sets the direction and tone” of the school district. By becoming a superintendent, you can direct real changes. If a curriculum or plan clearly isn’t beneficial, replace it with something better! You get the power to improve what is weak and build up what is… more >

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Happy New Year! It’s that time of year: the kids are crashing from a month-long sugar high, the days of the Christmas tree are numbered, and everyone is deciding on their New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions have become a great way to start fresh and commit to improving yourself. In the midst of deciding, it is easy to overlook your professional career. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to become an effective leader. If you hope to flourish in your professional and personal life, leadership is an invaluable skill. Confident leaders are essential for organizations, businesses, and governments to succeed. To… more >

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Todd Bierman is Senior Pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc, MI and an instructor in our Master’s of Education – Family Life program. Todd is a leading voice in the conversation about Christian marriage and family in a time of tremendous cultural upheaval. If you are interested in Family Life Education, sign up for a free email mini-course and see if this could be a calling on your life. (more…)

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Have you heard about Digital Badges? Concordia University Online is offering students a new opportunity to grow, learn, and live out their personal calling. You’re first probably wondering what these badges are all about. A digital badge is a shareable micro-credential that validates your accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest in various learning environments. It includes meta-data such as the description of the badge, who issued it, and the criteria required to receive it. You can earn a collection of badges in a variety of fields to demonstrate your expertise across disciplines. Once you earn badges, they are stored together through… more >

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Do you strive to make a difference in the world of education with new, innovative ideas? It could be in any form of education, from K-12 to corporate training, churches to government agencies, startups to homeschool families. Concordia University Online has a new Continuing Education academy called the “Educational Innovators Academy.” This academy will create, inspire, and empower mission-minded innovation in all forms of education. In this academy, you will be informed about emerging possibilities for teaching, learning, and education. We will focus on educational innovation and tie it into each individual’s personal mission. Upon completion of the academy, you… more >

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Concordia University Online makes it their mission to help you discover your calling, provide the skills needed to rise above your peers, and realize what it takes to self-lead yourself to success. We accomplish this by providing high-impact, flexible, accessible, Christ-centered learning experiences. We are launching a series of Continuing Education initiatives organized under new “academies” that will do just that for anyone in any field of work. Our first two academies are the Digital Influencer Academy and the Educational Innovators Academy. These academies house a variety of offerings and ways to earn your credentials. You may also take standalone… more >

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Have you ever started a new position and felt that you’re just at entry level? Wish you had more knowledge to function at your highest capacity? Concordia University knows the key to learn how to function above entry level. Concordia University Online has launched a new, 100% free email mini-course titled, “How To Function Above Entry Level” taught by Dr. Ken Harris, Program Director for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration. The course consists of three parts that arrive daily to your inbox, each including a video, short essays, reflection worksheet, and interactive poll. The classes teach… more >

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https://youtu.be/c0lG48SNhb0 Are you endlessly curious? Does learning energize you? Concordia University Online is offering a totally free course designed to explore self-blended learning and its implications for new ways of understanding education today. Join us and use the hashtag #selfblend to let us know your unique take.

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The following is an excerpt from Dr. Steven Witt’s upcoming book, “Opportunities: Transforming Educational and Teaching Practices.” Look for it on his publisher’s website, KendallHunt.com or in the CUW bookstore on August 20th, 2015. In this book, Dr. Witt provides a narrative account of his own transformative learning journey. He lays open his experiences in order to encourage other educators to seek answers to profound questions regarding education and their higher purpose within it. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts on or personal experiences with transformative learning. (more…)

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