General Education

Master of Education
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NCU’s master’s degree in General Education specialization provides a broad base of knowledge, research and critical thinking skills from which to tailor your education to your career interests and goals. NCU’s online education master’s degree program will further your understanding of education theory and best practices, as well as how to apply these principles in your profession. With the guidance of your mentoring professors, you will also develop a strong core of education and research knowledge, which you will partner with elective courses that further your own particular interests.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Education Law

Students in educational leadership roles need a working knowledge of school law, especially as it pertains to the rights of students and teachers. Concepts addressed in this course focus on a history of the legal system and the federal government's role in setting public school policy. Topics include student rights regarding free speech, search and seizure, due process, and discipline. Policies regarding teacher certification, academic freedom, due process rights, anti-discrimination, and employment considerations will also be addressed. The course "School Law" is critical to understanding the basic structure and guidance that governs school boards, schools, administrators, teachers, and students.


Teaching Diverse students

In this course, students will address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.


Leadership in Educational Organizations

This Master's level course is about effective leadership in educational organizations. It is particularly relevant for practicing school administrators, those who desire to become administrators, and classroom teachers who recognize the importance of leadership to positively impact schooling in our nation. Students pursuing a specialization in Educational Leadership are advised to take this as their first course of study.


School Finance

In this course students will develop an understanding of and practical experience with the major concepts and tools in school finance. Students will explore the three distinct components of education finance: (1) evaluating revenue sources, including school aid; (2) developing and defending budgets; and (3) managing the finances and business operations of a school district. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the general principles of education finance that can be applied in any setting.


School Organization

In this course, students will be introduced to organizational theories, systems, and concepts of leadership as they pertain to schools and related educational settings. An exploration of philosophical and practical trends and issues pertaining to the organization and management of schools will provide students with insight into the inherent conflicts surrounding what is best for students as they prepare to enact transformative leadership in globally-focused twenty-first century schools.


Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

The effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior in an educational environment are complex and powerful. In this course students explore the definition of diversity and the role of schools in achieving a more diverse society. Students also examine perspectives on race, language, culture, gender, and disability in educational settings from a perspective of educational leadership.


Measurement and Assessment in Education

In this course, students will acquire the fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques of educational measurement and classroom assessment. Students acquire competence in the planning and development of informal classroom assessments and the evaluation of standardized tests. Topics include: criterion-referenced tests, norm-referenced tests, informal observations, portfolios, and alternative means of assessment.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.