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 2019-20 academic year is $3,729 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 2019-20 tuition rate, the total cost of tuition would be $55,935. Tuition does not include the cost of books.

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 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