Graduate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

National Louis University’s graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is for educators who want to improve curriculum design, instructional effectiveness and learner achievement.

Consider getting your curriculum and instruction master's at NLU if you:

  • Are interested in strengthening your instructional practices
  • Want to enhance your curriculum design capabilities
  • Want to increase and improve learner achievements
  • Want to earn a state endorsement in your teaching concentration
  • Would like to expand your career options and increase your salary levels

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Through coursework, practicum experiences and study with peers and faculty, you’ll learn specific skills that can help you improve achievement levels in your learning environment such as:

  • How to identify a topic, generate a research question, and design an inquiry to obtain data
  • How to collect, record and evaluate that data
  • How to synthesize, organize and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences
  • How to best use these results to improve your practice

Students may customize their curriculum and instruction graduate degree by choosing from a single topic area of interest. Concentrations are 18 semester hours, and include the following options:

English as a Second Language – designed for those wishing to teach theories of language acquisition, strategies that promote cultural understanding and teaching practices that meet the needs of English Language Learners. Can be applied to the State of Illinois endorsement in English as a Second Language.

ESL/Bilingual Education — designed for those wishing to work with students who are non-native English speakers. Meets the State of Illinois requirements to work in a Bilingual Education, ESL or Dual Instructional program.

Personalized Option — allows students to used credits earned elsewhere and personalize their program of study by including coursework relevant to their career goals.

If you’re a teacher, curriculum designer, or work in the education field, a curriculum and instruction master's can help deepen your expertise. Schools that want to succeed need teachers and curriculum specialists with the knowledge of innovative, effective instructional techniques and pedagogical best practices. With a curriculum and instruction master's, you can stay in the classroom but have a say in the curriculum and how it is taught; specialize in curriculum design for students with special needs or learning disabilities; or work as an independent educational consultant or textbook designer.

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of educators and continues to graduate the majority of winners honored by Illinois’ two Golden Apple Foundations with one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in the state. Our faculty brings a wealth of practical experience and academic knowledge to the classroom, and our students are highly qualified — creating a unique depth to NLU’s Master of Education programs.

Plus, NLU offers multiple entry and exit points in the program so you can combine full-time work with self-paced study. Our range of traditional, blended and online learning environments expand your study options even further.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.


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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

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