Master of Education Specialized Endorsements (M.Ed.)

  • Earn credits toward your endorsements today while you prepare for your master of education tomorrow.
  • Specialize and diversify to advance your teaching career.
  • Financial aid eligible! 

NLU’s Specialized Endorsements M.Ed. allows licensed teachers to take endorsement coursework that can lead to state credentials and apply those credits to an M.Ed. degree. This program accelerates your ability to acquire specialized licensure while allowing you to apply that coursework efficiently to your master of education degree. Plus, because you’re enrolling in a graduate program, you’re eligible for financial aid that isn't available for endorsement-only students.

With this innovative program, students can take any combination of two high-demand endorsements below:

  • Early Childhood Special Education/Reading
  • ESL/Bilingual Education/Early Childhood Special Education
  • ESL/Bilingual Education/Middle Level Mathematics
  • ESL/Bilingual Education/Reading
  • ESL/Bilingual Education/Special Education
  • ESL/Early Childhood Special Education
  • ESL/Middle Level Mathematics
  • ESL/Reading
  • ESL/Special Education
  • Special Education/Middle Level Mathematics
  • Special Education/Reading

Earn Your M.Ed. Plus Two Specialized Endorsements

Start your journey at the NCE today. Visit NLU Admissions to learn about advancing your career.


What You Will Learn

Deeper skills—Candidates enjoy professional development from a full master's program, enabling them to make an impact on student learning outcomes and overall school performance.
Real-world applications—Faculty-directed field activities show candidates how to apply what they've studied to learning environments.
Integrated approach—The program's capstone project helps candidates bring together everything they've learned in an effective approach to the classroom.
In-demand specializations—Candidates earn endorsements in two teacher-shortage areas of education today.
Career development—Throughout their studies, candidates have access to online career development resources, assessments and exercises, to help them move closer to securing a position as an Advanced Placement Teacher, Master Teacher or Teacher Leader.

Career Outlook

Employment in Content Specialist areas is projected to grow seven percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers' effectiveness. Schools are focusing on the teachers' role in improving students' learning. Content specialists can provide training for teachers in curriculum changes and teaching techniques, thereby helping schools to meet standards in student achievement.

Why Earn a Master of Education Specialized Endorsements (M.Ed.) at NLU?

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 early childhood administrators 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 instructors bring both academic skills and their extensive leadership experience to the classroom, which brings unique depth to NLU’s master's programs.

The Master of Education Specialized Endorsements serves professionals interested in earning a master's degree and seeking to develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness. This program meets the needs of talented professionals seeking to advance their career by developing a deep understanding of pedagogical content knowledge in a selection of subject areas.

Specialized Endorsements Master's Program Admissions Requirements

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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