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Overview

The Northeastern University Master of Education program gives students the opportunity to build a professional base of knowledge, to graduate with the competencies and skills necessary to advance in their careers, and to contribute to the educational needs of the 21st century.

Students begin with core courses where they develop a foundation of knowledge about education as an advanced field of study. This foundation lays the groundwork for students to examine education as a global-societal construct and to explore the array of educational experiences across a person's lifespan. The core courses establish a shared understanding that each concentration expands upon in concentration-specific courses.

Each concentration in the program prepares educators for a different professional path. Concentrations delve deeply into the landscape and recent developments in a given education sector: K-12 education (learning and instruction), higher education administration, special education, and instructional design. As learners move through the carefully sequenced courses in their concentrations, they gain professional competencies and also build a deeper understanding of the content and themselves as professionals.

Students in each concentration also develop ongoing learning e-portfolios that provide the space and opportunity to reflect on their growth and change over time, looking for connections across courses and refining their professional goals. Finally, the shared experience of the College of Professional Studies MEd culminates in a capstone experience that asks students to demonstrate mastery of content through a significant project adapted to the professional requirements of each concentration.

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Curriculum

Choose from one of four MEd concentrations. You will begin with EDU 6050 and the first concentration course listed in your first term. You will take EDU 6051 and the next concentration course listed in your second term.

Required Courses (9 q.h.)

The following core courses are required for all students working toward a Master’s in Education (MEd), regardless of your area of concentration. Course requirements for each of the four MEd concentrations can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks below.

Complete these courses in the following order during your first and second terms of study:

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

 

Concentrations (36 q.h.)

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Higher Education Administration


Required concentration courses:

Complete the following seven courses (24 q.h.):

EDU 6201   The Landscape of Higher Education  4 q.h.
EDU 6202 Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community 4 q.h.
EDU 6447 The Demographics of Higher Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6203 Education Law, Policy, and Finance 4 q.h.
EDU 6437 Assessment in Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6221 Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success  4 q.h. 


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

EDU 6450 The Globalization of Education 4 q.h.
INT 6900 International Field Experience  4 q.h. 


Complete the following course in your last term (4 q.h.)

EDU 6225 Capstone 4 q.h.


Electives
Complete one course from the following (4 q.h.):

EDU 6520 Learning and the Brain 4 q.h.
EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6332 Open Learning  4 q.h. 
EDU 6330 Digital Media Literacy 4 q.h. 
EDU 6558 Issues in Education 4 q.h. 

 

Learning and Instruction


Required concentration courses:


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.

Electives:

Choose four 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  4 q.h.  
EDU 6528  Adaptive Learning/Behavior  4 q.h.  
EDU 6429 Child and Adolescent Variation  4 q.h.  
EDU 6431  Developing Skills and Accessing Ideas: Curriculum for Students w/ Learning & Behavioral Difficulties  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.  


Special Education

The Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and competencies for licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8 and 5-12. This degree is designed for practitioners or aspiring teachers who have already earned a license as an elementary or secondary teacher in Massachusetts or other states.

Required concentration courses:


Complete the following five courses (20 q.h.):

EDU 6425 Special Education: Foundations for Understanding the Inclusive School 4 q.h.
EDU 6426  Developmental Language, Literacy, and Writing: Assessment and Instruction 4 q.h.
EDU 6528 Adaptive Learning/Behavior Management Strategies: Consultation and Collaboration  4 q.h.
EDU 6569  Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics  4 q.h. 
EDU 6874 Practicum, Portfolio, and Panel Review 4 q.h. 

Electives:

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

EDU 6429 Child and Adolescent Variation 4 q.h.
EDU 6530 Beyond Behavior Management: Building Classroom Communities for Diverse and Challenging Learners 4 q.h. 
EDU 6431 Developing Skills and Accessing Ideas: Curriculum 4 q.h.
EDU 6570   Advanced Strategies in Literacy: Readers and Writers Who Struggle 4 q.h.
EDU 6437 Assessment in Education 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 6558
Issues in Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6570 Competency-Based Learning, Assessment, and Learning Analytics  4 q.h. 


eLearning and Instructional Design


Required concentration courses:


Complete the following five courses (20 q.h.):

EDU 6319  How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6321   Models for Learning Design 4 q.h.
EDU 6329  Connecting Theory and Practice  4 q.h. 
EDU 6323 Technology as a Medium for Learning 4 q.h.
EDU 6324 Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics 4 q.h.


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

EDU 6331 eLearning Design as a Collaborative Profession 4 q.h.
EDU 6202 Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Culture 4 q.h.
 

Choose two of the following courses (8 q.h.):

EDU 6322 Iterative Design of Learning Experiences  4 q.h. 
EDU 6332 Open Learning 4 q.h. 
EDU 6558 Issues in Education 4 q.h.

Complete the following course in your last term of study (4 q.h.):

EDU 6225  Capstone  4 q.h. 


Total Quarter Hours: 45


Attention:
If you enrolled before Fall 2013, contact your student success specialist for your curriculum.

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

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

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $21,960.00.

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 2014-15 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.


Concentrations

Concentrations

eLearning & Instructional Design

Learning Objectives:

  • Design and facilitate productive learning that is grounded in research and best practices
  • Create engaging environments that provide opportunities for the construction of knowledge through images, words, videos, and animations
  • Demonstrate situational awareness regarding workplace feasibility, taking into account organizational culture, project-specific contexts, and resources
  • Understand the roles and perspectives of partners involved in the design process in order to forge constructive working relationships
  • Seek out and analyze the pedagogical potential of new models, strategies, and tools in the field of online learning
  • Respond innovatively to societal and institutional changes that impact the field of education
  • Anticipate and contribute to the future direction of online learning

Higher Education Administration

Learning Objectives:

  • Work across multiple types of institutions, including the administrative functions and operations within community colleges, colleges, institutes, and universities in the U.S. and globally 

  • Advance within administrative sectors of a higher education institution (e.g., administration, student life, enrollment management, financial aid)

  • Articulate the history, present state, and anticipated future of higher education in a global society, including:

    • Issues affecting higher education
    • Roles and functions of various administrative and academic personnel, as well as students, trustees, and alumni
    • Administration, leadership, and management in higher education
    • Structure and governance of varied higher education institutions
    • Policy and legal aspects and their impact on higher education
    • Budgeting and finance within higher education

  • Apply research in the field of higher education to professional practice in institutions of higher education

  • Identify local, national, and global disruptions and their impact on higher education policy and practice, in order to participate in change within higher education

Learning and Instruction

Learning Objectives:

  • Anticipate and meet the needs of diverse students to more effectively teach and lead in schools and communities
  • Become poised for advancement in the profession
  • 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

Special Education

Learning Objectives:

  • Earn additional credentials to more effectively teach and lead in schools
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of diverse students with broad learning needs
  • Be prepared to advocate for the educational rights of all children and youth
  • Understand the impact of local, national, and global changes on policy and practice for special education

The Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education meets the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and competencies for licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Pre-K-8 and 5-12. This degree is designed for practitioners or aspiring teachers who have already earned a license as an elementary or secondary teacher in Massachusetts or other states.

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