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.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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
MacFarland Scholarship – New, incoming students who are working or have the intention of working as an educator in a public school at the elementary or secondary level, within an urban area, are eligible to receive a scholarship award of up to $10,000.
"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
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
Northeastern University faculty represents a broad cross-section of professional practices and fields, including finance, education, biomedical science, management, and the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside you to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you’ll gain access to students at 14 campus locations, 300,000+ alumni, and 2,900+ employer partners worldwide. Our global university system provides students unique opportunities to think locally and act globally while serving as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.