College of Education

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Master of Education

You are an experienced educator. You shape minds and engage hearts every day. You change lives. It’s time to follow that desire to become an even better educator—one that leads more effectively in your classroom, in your school, and in your district.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program will equip you to take the next step in your professional development, moving your career forward. Why wait? At NU, you’ll learn how to shape your school and its students with the very best that is in you.

Concentrations That Matter

Principal Certificate

Practicing educators learn theories and strategies to lead public and independent schools that are instructionally strong, collaborative, and learner-focused. Upon completion, candidates will qualify for their Washington State Residency Principal Certificate.

Teacher Leadership

Prepares you to take up a leadership role (e.g., induction mentor, curriculum coach, etc.) in your school or district.

Special Education

Equips you with an emphasis on differentiated instructional strategies, classroom assessment, and IEP policies and procedures. Can also add a Washington State Endorsement to a current teaching certificate.

English Language Learner

Equips you with research-based strategies for working more effectively with English language learners. Can also add a Washington State Endorsement to a current teaching certificate.

Teach Today. Lead Tomorrow.

What would I say to someone thinking about the program at Northwest? Definitely do it. It's a great program; the courses are very applicable to education today. The professors and the curriculum are outstanding.

— Nick Kanehen, M.Ed. Graduate

Why Choose Northwest University

Flexible and Worker-Friendly

Designed for educators who are working full time, the on-campus classes meet during the evenings, on Saturdays, and over the summer months. Most of our M.Ed. courses are also hybrid classes. This means you’ll only meet at NU once or twice a month, with other learning taking place online. It’s the best of both worlds: face-to-face interaction with professors and colleagues, without fighting traffic every week.

Career Advancement

Increasingly, advanced degrees are common, if not necessary, in private and public school settings. Our M.Ed. offers you increased expertise, which often leads to increased leadership opportunities in schools and at the district level.


An education that will advance your career is more affordable than you might think. In fact, our tuition is among the most competitive you’ll find. And, once you’ve graduated, there’s a good chance that a pay raise will accompany your accomplishment.

Quality Education

You’ll learn from experienced professors, as well as master practitioners teaching in local schools. A master’s degree from NU’s College of Education is highly regarded in the profession and will give you the practical tools you’re looking for.

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Next Steps

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