Financing the MSEd Program

Financing the MSEd Program

Early planning is essential to make the most of the financial opportunities available to you. To assist in this planning, we wish to be as transparent as possible in outlining all of the costs related to the MSEd degree.


The tuition rate for the 2016-17 academic year is $3,373 per course unit (most courses are one course unit; student teaching is two units, and the practicum in school leadership is two quarters at .5 units each). If a student took all 15 course units required for the master’s degree at the 2016-17 tuition rate, the total cost of tuition would be $50,595. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Practicum and Student Teaching Fees

edTPA is a teacher performance assessment required of all pre-service teacher candidates in Illinois in order to receive licensure. Videotaped classroom lessons must be submitted as part of edTPA. Candidates registered for the practicum and student teaching will be assessed a $420 fee that covers the $300 edTPA registration fee and $120 for video-related software. Students will receive an edTPA registration waiver and an Edthena video annotation log-in.

Other Costs Related to Field Experience and Licensure


Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from their school sites.


Candidates are required to videorecord lessons during Practicum and Student Teaching at their school sites. Candidates are responsible for providing or procuring a video camera and video editing software. Most phones or tablets can record adequate video, and often schools are willing to let candidates borrow equipment from the school. Standard video editing software on any computer should suffice. The MSEd program will offer a list of suggested or minimum requirements for video, audio and software.

The practicum and student teaching fee will cover access to the Edthena video annotation and editing program.

Licensure Tests

There are two tests required to become licensed, both offered through the Illinois Licensure Testing System. Fees vary based on the test; most are in the $125 to $150 range. The ILTS test selection page has specific information.

The two tests are as follows:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP); ACT or SAT scores can be used in lieu of the TAP
  • Content Area (specific to the subject you will teach)

Of the two tests listed above, only the TAP is required prior to entry to the MSEd Program. The Content Area test must be completed by November 1st prior to the student teaching term. The Basic Skills Test and the Assessment of Professional Teaching no longer exist; they have been replaced by the TAP and the edTPA, respectively.

Illinois Professional Educator License Application and Registration Fees

The application fee for a new Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) is $100. All licensure fees must be paid online with a credit or debit card at the time of license application. Additionally, a license must be registered with the regional office of education where the license holder is employed. Registration fees are $60. The Illinois State Board of Education has a lengthy licensure FAQ pdf you can download, which details the application process and fees, as well as other information about licensure.

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Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458