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Program Details

The Master of Education (MEd) 30 credit program is suited to students who want to combine a strong understanding of current theory and practice in education and/or organizational leadership with their personal needs and career focus. The Master of Education also provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for doctoral level study. Northcentral offers a standard MEd track with 13 specializations and an accelerated track with 2 specializations designed to be completed in only one year. (The PK-12 Principal Leadership specialization that prepares candidates to meet Arizona State certification requirements requires an additional 6 credit hours).

Career development, human resource management, and adult learning are becoming increasingly important as more organizations recognize the value of well-developed training and education programs for their workforce. Organizations need professionals with knowledge and skills in development, implementation, and management, in order to improve individual and organizational performance. 
The skills and knowledge learned in the MEd with a specialization in Adult Learning and Workforce Education program translate across a wide range of industries including higher education, workforce development agencies, human resource departments and organizations, and adult career centers. The courses provide you with an opportunity to learn the tools and competencies required to critically reflect on workplace issues, solve organizational problems, develop programs and training to increase overall performance, and anticipate and respond to change. As an Adult Learning and Workforce Education graduate, you will also be prepared to influence public policy and organizational decision-making as it relates to the workforce.


  • Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission,Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits Northcentral University's Master's of Education programs focused on PK-12 Education.