Master of Education in Learning and Instruction — Online

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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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


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We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


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Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

1.5-2 Years

F1 Visa Eligible


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.

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Unique Features

  • 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

Program Objectives

  • 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 Outlook

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


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.

Experiential / Co-op Opportunities

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.

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Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.


Concentration in Learning and Instruction

Required Courses


Complete one of the following: 



To be taken last: 



Complete 12 quarter hours at the EDU 6000 level.


Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • 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, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

Student Body Profile

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

    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Business Development
    • Human Services
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Teaching
    • Public Speaking
    • Curriculum Development
    • Leadership
    • Research


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