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To increase the amount of highly skilled teachers across the world, the Northampton University (USA) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) have launched a tuition-free, online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program.

The curriculum reflects the IB’s approaches to teaching and learning so the program will also meet the needs of IB World Schools who are looking to recruit teachers familiar with IB pedagogy. The M.Ed. program will produce a new generation of globally-minded educators with an in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment to support student-directed inquiry, interdisciplinary learning, intercultural competence, and critical thinking.


The Master of Education is a graduate-level program designed to train students for dynamic careers in education, childcare, and community leadership. The program’s approach is that teaching is a learner-centered endeavor, and that effective teachers are skilled professionals who foster inclusive and inquiring learning environments. Program participants will learn to create such environments through a multi-disciplinary approach including human development, teaching and learning theory, behavior management, and assessment of learning, preparing them for careers in public and private schools, community colleges, and other educational settings.


Graduates of the M.Ed. program are required to complete a minimum of 13 courses, which is equivalent to 39 credits.


The M.Ed. Program Specializations


Students must choose to specialize in either:

  • Elementary/Middle School Education, or
  • Secondary Education

Students in either specialization will be required to complete two (2) core specialization courses, and one (1) elective course as part of the 13 required courses. Students may choose to complete both specializations. In this case, students will be required to complete all 6 specialization courses, which increases the program requirements to a minimum of 16 courses.


Northampton University (USA) and the International Baccalaureate Schools

Excellent students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through our Internship program with International Baccalaureate schools. The IB internship is an additional three (3) credit course.

The combination of the international student body, instructors from top universities worldwide, high-quality education, and opportunities for professional internships ensure an exceptional learning experience.


Academic Year and Course Taking at Northampton University (USA)

Northampton University (USA) academic year is split into five (5) nine-week terms.

Students can choose to study part-time or full-time. Part-time students take one course per term whereas full-time students take two courses per term. In certain cases, excellent students may be given the option to have an accelerated track and take three courses per term.

Graduates of the M.Ed. program are required to complete a minimum of 39 credits. For part-time students, this will generally take thirteen (13) terms. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in seven (7) terms, and accelerated track students can earn their degree in five (5) terms.