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Whether you are new to the field or an experienced educator, here you will learn from world-class faculty, develop your leadership skills and prepare to leverage your passion and interests to expand your impact in schools, communities and the world.

As a research powerhouse grounded in our land-grant mission, we prepare extraordinary educators, solve educational problems and increase the educational success of all learners across North Carolina and beyond


producer of STEM educators in North Carolina

Top 5%

in active research funding among colleges of education in the U.S.


ranked college of education in the U.S.

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As as a land-grant College of Education, we have a unique responsibility to confront racial injustices and build a more diverse, inclusive and supportive community.

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Students make their way across campus on the first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

“I chose the NC State College of Education because it is the best college of education in North Carolina and one of the best in the nation.”

– James Daniels ’21

teacher at East Cary Magnet Middle School

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Lisa Wilkins ’22MED created the Mentors Empowering Our Wildcats (MEOW) Group that met on Fridays to read Dwayne Reed’s “Simon B. Rhymin’” at T.S. Cooper Elementary School in Sunbury, North Carolina. Wilkins’ idea behind MEOW was to create a mentorship program to help students build positive relationships with male mentors through reading, and to provide a welcoming environment where that could occur.

Wilkins earned her master’s degree in new literacies and global learning - reading education last semester. While in the program, Wilkins took ECI 508: Teachers As Leaders with Associate Professor Jill Grifenhagen. It was in that class that Wilkins had a spark of inspiration to create the mentorship program.

Since there was only one male teacher at the school members of the Gates County Community Partnership, as well Gates County principals, high school teachers and even the county superintendent, Barry Williams, stepped in to serve as the students’ mentors. At the final session, each student was given a kite, which they assembled and flew with the mentors.
Just a reminder. 😌