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Graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Advanced Professional Specializations

M.Ed. or Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction with Advanced Professional Specializations

The National Louis University Curriculum and Instruction with Advanced Professional Specializations program is designed for experienced, career-oriented educators seeking to amplify the power and versatility of their credentials by adding concentrations in areas of content expertise. Offered as a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), this program enables teachers to expand their job qualifications directly and efficiently through online courses leading to endorsements in high-demand specializations.

Educators who already hold a master’s in education will select the Ed.S. program. Students looking for advanced proficiency in their field may choose an Ed.S. only, or continue on to earn a doctorate.

M.Ed. and Ed.S. students can choose two of the following concentration areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading Teacher
  • Personalized Option
  • Seek to expand your teacher qualifications with high-demand endorsements in areas such as ESL, Bilingual Education, Special Education, Reading, or Math Education.
  • See the advantage in adding ways for you to be valuable on the job, enhancing both your job security and your pathways to higher paying positions of greater responsibility.
  • Value personalized education that enables you to make choices about your program content.
  • Value learning from NLU education faculty who deeply understand and respect teachers — because most NLU education faculty served previously as PreK–12 teachers themselves.
  • Enjoy a stimulating learning approach that combines the convenience of online courses with live video conferencing with your NLU faculty and fellow educators, giving you the human feel of interpersonal involvement without the hassles of physical commutes to classes.

NLU's Curriculum and Instruction programs assure greater choice and convenience in selecting a professional pathway to a specific high-demand specialization area or a full, in-depth M.Ed. or Ed.S. degree in advanced specializations that add power to your status as a Subject Matter Expert.

  • Advanced subject matter expertise in your selected fields, including Bilingual Education, ESL, Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Special Education or Math Education.
  • Real-world applications — Faculty-directed, school-based assignments and field activities.
  • Integrated approach — The program’s career-building seminars help candidates bring together everything they’ve learned in an effective approach to the classroom.
  • In-demand specializations — Candidates earn endorsements in teacher shortage areas and other high-needs areas.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of education, training, and library occupations to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding a projected 697,600 new jobs in that decade.*

Additionally, the annual Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing (August 2016) published by U.S. Department of Education includes the following high-needs Advanced Professional Specializations offered by NLU:

  • Bilingual Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Reading
  • Standard Elementary Instructor
  • Special Education


Aspiring advanced educators who choose NLU will realize the following advantages derived from the following institutional distinctions:

  • Faculty who contribute to the body of current research literature on effective educator practices, and who engage frequently and actively in the life of schools.
  • A distinguished 130-year history as an educator preparation institution.
  • Proven results in preparing award-winning teachers and graduates who earn recognition at district, state and national levels.
  • A track record of boosting degree candidates into advanced job roles including department chair, teacher leader and district curriculum specialist positions.
  • NLU's signature pedagogy as a Community of Learners that combines the convenience of online course work with the immediacy of interpersonal contact through Synchronized Video Teleconferencing and other technologies.

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 one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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