Master of Education in Learning and Instruction 

Campus Locations Boston, Charlotte, Online, Seattle
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
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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 affect change across the educational spectrum.

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.


  • 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

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  • Available fully online
  • No application fee
  • No GRE or GMAT required

Learn more about what to expect from a Master's in Learning and Instruction.



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Complete these two courses in the following order during your first and second terms of study (9 q.h.):

EDU 6050 Education as an Advanced Field of Study 5 q.h.
EDU 6051 Culture, Power, Equity, and Influence 4 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses (4 q.h.):

EDU 6465 Critical and Creative Thinking 4 q.h.
EDU 6520 Learning and the Brain: Translating Research into Practice 4 q.h. 
EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.

Complete the following four courses (16 q.h.):

EDU 6330 Digital Media Literacy 4 q.h.
EDU 6328 Policy and Leadership 4 q.h. 
EDU 6437 Assessment in Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6225 Capstone 4 q.h.


Choose four elective courses from the following (16 q.h.):

EDU 6201 The Landscape of Higher Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6447 The Demographics of Higher Education 4 q.h. 
EDU 6221 Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success 4 q.h.
EDU 6450 Globalization of Education  4 q.h. 
EDU 6332  Open Learning   4 q.h.  
EDU 6323  Technology as a Medium for Learning  4 q.h.  
EDU 6426  Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction 4 q.h.  
EDU 6528  Adaptive Learning/Behavior  4 q.h.  
EDU 6429 Child and Adolescent Variation  4 q.h.  
EDU 6558  Issues in Education  4 q.h.  
EDU 6185  English Language Learners in the General Classroom  4 q.h.  
EDU 6300  Introduction to Language & Linguistics  4 q.h.  
EDU 6534 Bilingualism and Second Language  4 q.h.  
EDU 6436 Best Practices for the Twenty-First-Century Classroom 4 q.h. 
EDU 6333 Social Media and Beyond 4 q.h. 
EDU 6310  Literacy Development and the Academic Domains 4 q.h. 
EDU 6516 Sheltered English Instruction and Assessment 4 q.h. 
EDU 6438 Teachers as Curriculum Leaders  4 q.h.  
EDU 6182  Educational Statistics  4 q.h.  

Required minimum credit hours: 45 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $24,840.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

In Depth | Learning Outcomes

What can I gain from the Master's in Learning and Instruction?

You get hands-on experience. You design engaging online and mobile environments; develop strategies for motivating students; and practice how to respond to societal and institutional changes that impact online and mobile education.

It’s rooted in the real-world practices. True to Northeastern’s experiential learning model, you connect learning with work experience.

It’s specialized. Our focus on Learning and Instruction allows you to fully explore this area and concentrate on your career trajectory.

You get a national perspective. Because the program is online, you have the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals across the nation, who exchange ways to solve common challenges and build professional networks.

You create an ePortfolio. You leverage the latest learning theory and research by creating an online portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of learning and instruction. These work samples illustrate your distinct abilities. Learn more about ePortfolios.


What to expect

What is the student experience like?
  • Intensive, challenging online classes
  • Multi-cultural and collaborative
  • Regular interaction with fellow educators from around the country
  • Curriculum that incorporates experiential learning
  • International network to leverage personally and professionally
Who is a good fit for this program?
  • You are a K-12 focused teacher or leader
  • You work at a community organization and want to lead change in classrooms, schools or within the educational community
  • You want to become a culturally responsive professional aware of the dynamics of race, class, gender, and the other cultural factors within community dynamics


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Elucidate the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry and schools of practice in the field of study, articulate their sources, and illustrate both their applications and their relationships to allied fields of study.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Design and execute an applied, investigative, or creative work that draws on the perspectives and methods of other fields of study and assess the resulting advantages and challenges of including these perspectives and methods.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Design and implement a project or performance that requires the application of advanced knowledge gained in the field of study to a practical challenge, articulate in writing or another medium the insights gained from this experience, and assess approaches, scholarly debates, or standards for professional performance applicable to the challenge.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Assess and develop a position on a public policy question with significance in the field of study, taking into account both scholarship and published or electronically posted positions and narratives of relevant interest groups.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Integrate education-specific best practices and tools into experiential learning opportunities offered in the program.

Careers & Faculty


Career possibilities both in and out of the traditional K-12 educational system include:

  • Teacher as leader in K-12 schools
  • Educator in a community organizations
  • Researcher in educational organizations
  • Educational Consultant
  • Textbook Author
  • Educational Researcher

Post-Baccalaureate Payoff

Overall, those with graduate degrees earn 35% more than those with bachelor’s degrees. Advanced degrees are particularly valuable in health and social/behavioral sciences.



Professors teach you the knowledge and skills you need to progress professionally throughout your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain in the classroom.

Meet all of our Graduate Education Program faculty.


Who Will Your Classmates Be?

Your fellow students are professionals who enroll having worked in the K-12 setting, as leaders in community organizations, 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.


Student Profile

Chris Grant: Helping Students Find Their "A-Ha" Moment

“I help students find their ‘a-ha’ moment, and discover why they want to study what they want to study,” says Chris Grant, who is earning his Master’s in Learning and Instruction. Grant hopes to become a college counselor in an urban secondary school upon graduation. “Teens are hard to work with, but I love that,” he says. “I love cracking that nut to help them understand themselves, their lives, and realize their potential.”

But Grant has a full-time job that requires significant travel, as well the responsibilities of a husband and father, so when he decided to apply to graduate school, he knew he’d have to find a program that would work with his busy schedule.

He also knew he needed a program that would train him for a career in college counseling while enabling him to strengthen his leadership capabilities. He says the opportunity to study “leadership and adversity in an urban school” were his must-haves for a graduate program, and he relished the opportunity to think broadly about the field. “It isn’t just a degree; it’s helping you understand the whole philosophy of education,” he says.


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