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.
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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 effect 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 effect 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
"An ideal student is someone looking for an opportunity to grow and gain new knowledge, not only to advance their career, but impact the field of education."
Lydia Young, Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education and Director of NExT
"I got to think broadly about the field. It isn’t just a master's degree; it’s helping you understand the whole philosophy and landscape of education."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
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.
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, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
Domestic application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (Start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)
October 18, 2021
Master of Education in Learning and Instruction General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
Concentration in Learning and Instruction
EDU 6330 - Digital Media Literacy
EDU 6328 - Policy and Leadership
EDU 6437 - Assessment in Education
Complete one of the following:
EDU 6465 - Critical and Creative Thinking
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
To be taken last:
EDU 6225 - Capstone
Complete 16 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and 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.
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By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a 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.