M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
The Master of Education - Teaching, Learning and Assessment is designed for educators who want to craft an optimal learning experience for each student, and lead in their schools, districts, and other educational environments. Today's learners are ever more diverse in background, culture, and learning needs. At the same time, standardized assessment protocols provide only a single framework on evaluation of this diversity. National Louis University's Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) program prepares master's degree candidates to respond to these complex realities with a holistic approach to assessing learning needs, shaping effective curricula, and supporting student success.
NLU conveniently offers the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) master's program as an on-campus option in Illinois and Florida, as well as online. The Master's in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment is also offered off-site at approved locations in Illinois.
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A graduate of the Master's in Education - Teaching, Learning and Assessment program will:
- Be a leader in differentiated learning — able to develop curriculum and instruction approaches that address social-emotional learning factors, learning styles, cultural and language backgrounds, and cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and developmental differences in multiple-needs general education classrooms. As teacher-leaders, graduates will also be prepared to help others in their schools to improve their own practices in differentiating learning.
- Be an expert in assessment — adroit in designing assessment approaches to drive effective teaching and learning in real-time ("formative" evaluation) as well as in making appropriate use of standardized testing. (expertise in the rapidly evolving uses of assessment is a growing area of demand in schools, districts, and other professional environments.)
- Be an accomplished action researcher — agile in applying techniques for observing, documenting, reflecting on, and refining the learning process to create continuous improvement in outcomes for students. Degree candidates complete a yearlong action research project based on real needs they perceive in their own classrooms; this capstone project can serve as the basis for thought leadership and training shared with the professional community.
- Be a "real-time" agent of improvement in the learning environment. Since the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment program is built around enabling candidates to actively address the pressing realities of their classrooms, candidates are able to apply new skills and techniques — and share them with others — to bring immediate value to their classrooms and schools.
NLU offers classes and support for master's candidates also looking to earn National Board Certification (NBC). Please consult this list of classes for details on available NBC requirements and electives. For more information on NBC credit and support at NLU, please contact Suzanne Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-947-5118.
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 nl.edu/applyonline.
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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.