how to apply to master of education

Applying to Master of Education Degrees

Summer 2021

April 23, 2021 - Just extended for last minute entries

(May 10, first day of class)

Fall 2021

July 16, 2021

(August 25, first day of class)

Spring 2022

December 6, 2021

(January 11, first day of class)


Master of Education Application Process 

Expedite your application by attending an Instant Admission Webinar

  • All materials should be emailed to grad@noctrl.edu.
  • Use the PDF application form provided after the webinar
  • Supplemental materials:
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Official Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework is required. 
    • A copy of your Professional Educator License
  • Resume and personal statement are waived

Use either method for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Master of Education in Instructional Coaching. Please note that new candidates for the Instructional Coaching degree begin the program during the Fall semester only. New Educational Leadership candidates may start at the beginning of Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Sign up for a webinar here

Complete the online application and upload supplemental materials

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 credit hours of coursework is required. 
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically to grad@noctrl.edu or by mail to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540.
  • One professional letter of recommendation (PDF) - Complete and upload the first page of the letter of recommendation form. Send the second page to your reference.
    • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership applicant's letter of recommendation must be from a principal, who will serve as your mentor
  • A copy of your Professional Educator License
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
Admissions Interview

Applicants may be invited to an admissions interview if deemed necessary by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.

Education Alliance Grant


North Central College is proud to announce a partnership with local businesses and school districts to offer the Education Alliance Grant. Eligible employees with an earned bachelor's degree will receive a 20% tuition discount in the following master's degree programs: