Financing the MSEd Program

Financing the MSEd Program

Plan early to make the most of the financial opportunities. To help, we want to be as transparent as possible in outlining all of the costs related to the MSEd degree. Financial awards are available.


The tuition rate for the 2022-23 academic year is $3,958 per course unit (most courses are one-course unit; student teaching is two units). Elementary and Secondary Teaching candidates take a base of 15 units (40 semester hours) to complete the degree (possibly more, if they need additional content-area coursework for licensure). Educational Studies, Learning Sciences, and Teacher Leadership candidates take only 12 units (32 semester hours) to complete the degree. At the 2022-23 tuition rate, this comes out to:

  • Elementary/Secondary Teaching: $59,370
  • Educational Studies, Learning Sciences, or Teacher Leadership: $47,496

Tuition does not include the cost of books.

Other Costs Related to Field Experience and Licensure

Transportation and Daytime Availability

Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from their school sites. Field work happens during the school day, so even though most of our courses are in the evening, you will need some flexibility in your scheduling to accommodate field work. During Theory and Practice (the final fall in the program for Elementary/Secondary Teaching candidates), you will be expected to be at your field site approximately 10 hours a week. During Student Teaching (the final winter in the program), you will be expected to be at your field site five days a week, for the entire school day. Other classes may require brief visits to schools for observations, but these field requirements are not as time-intensive as Theory and Practice or Student Teaching.


Candidates are required to video record 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.

Licensure Tests and Portfolios

A content area test specific to the subject you will teach is required to become licensed. The test is 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. Elementary Teachers will only need to take one test; Secondary Teachers will need to take separate content area tests for Middle Grades and High School.

In addition to the content area test(s), candidates must submit the edTPA video portfolio of their teaching. This portfolio is offered through Pearson, and costs $300.

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.

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458