The Master of Education in Learning and Instruction is designed to broaden the professional understanding of educators, preparing them for further leadership in their educational communities.
The Master of Education in Learning and Instruction degree program is for teachers and leaders in K-12-focused schools and community organizations who want to improve the educational environment for students today—and transform it for the students of tomorrow. You will learn how to lead change in a classroom, school or educational community and join efforts to affect change across the educational spectrum.
Your fellow students are professionals who enroll having worked in the K-12 setting, as leaders in community organizations, and as researchers and consultants. Students are very diverse but share a passion to deepen their knowledge of educational theory and practice, while learning the latest ways to engage communities to affect change.
Graduates are positioned to drive community-based change and broaden their professional understanding of diverse student groups. The program coursework prepares you to effectively implement assessment practices, identify changing educational contexts as well as emerging challenges, and lead change across the educational spectrum.
- Capstone project and experiential learning model allow for hands on experience and real world learning
- Connect with fellow professionals across the nation, who exchange ways to solve common challenges and build professional networks
- Graduates create an ePortfolio, leveraging the latest learning theory and research to demonstrate their mastery of learning and instruction
- Online, interactive program allows for flexibility for working professionals
- The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work
- Anticipate and meet the needs of diverse students to effectively teach and lead in schools and communities
- Understand the impact of local, national, and global changes on educational policy and practice
- Recognize opportunities to transform the classroom, school, or broader educational community
- Develop the capacity to serve as an agent for social justice
Career possibilities both in and out of the traditional K-12 educational system include:
- Teacher as leader in K-12 schools
- Educator in community organizations
- Researcher in educational organizations
- Educational Consultant
- Textbook Author
- Educational Researcher
Lydia Young, Program Director
Chris G., Program Graduate
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identify your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resumé
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
Concentration in Learning and Instruction
Complete one of the following:
To be taken last:
Complete 16 quarter hours from any other degree concentration, or the following:
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has, in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- NYC Department of Education
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
What They Do
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Human Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Curriculum Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.