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Explore Our Graduate Options

As a nationally top-ranked college of education and research powerhouse grounded in our land-grant mission, we are home to over 35 graduate program areas of study, concentrations and specializations that will prepare you to drive educational change, advance the educational success of all and lead in the educational field of your choice.

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Master of Education in STEM Education Concentrations:

Master of Education in STEM Education or Master of Science in STEM Education Concentration:

Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM Program Areas of Study/Specialization:

Graduate Certificate:

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Prepare to drive educational change at one of the nation’s best graduate colleges of education in the nation.


among all public colleges of education in the U.S.

Top 5%

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


among all graduate colleges of education in the U.S.

Sources: 2022 U.S. News & World Report


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I chose the NC State College of Education because I saw very early on in my doctoral program search that they were committed to diversity and changemaking in education. I wanted to study at a school that was ready to make the necessary changes towards a new kind of education — one designed to serve everyone.

– Jayla Moody

Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Office of Graduate Student Success

Our Office of Graduate Student Success is located in Poe 505 and provides resources, services and events that serve graduate students socially and academically across the college and helps build a community among the graduate student population.

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"I have always liked working with kids, and I wanted to have a career working with children. But I also wanted a career where I can help others. So choosing to major in elementary education seems like the right fit for me. 
I chose to major in education because I love to learn. Being able to work in an environment where everyone is learning and sharing new things is something I enjoy. I also chose education due to wanting to make an impact on the lives of the kids I will be teaching, as one day I will be teaching and making an impact on one of the next generation’s lives.
The biggest thing I am looking forward to in my first year at NC State is joining clubs and making new friendships, but also getting the chance to explore new things that NC State has to offer." — Carla Gibson, an elementary education major, a Dean's Excellence Scholarship recipient and one of our new #NCState25 students.
"I chose NC State because I attended a summer program a couple of years ago and fell in love with the people I met and the campus. I also like that it’s close to my home.
As I was doing my college applications, I knew NC State had really stellar STEM education programs. However, what really did it for me was meeting some of the College of Education staff, advisors and students during Zoom events such as the live College of Education showcase and the Teaching Fellows interest meeting. Everyone was so kind, and you could tell they cared about you as a student.
Throughout middle and high school, I changed my mind a lot about what I wanted to do as a career, but I always kept coming back to the idea of being a teacher. I’ve had some really amazing teachers, and I want to be able to give back in the same way. I chose education because every student deserves someone at their school to believe in them and push them to be the best version of themselves that they can be." — Bethany Lee, a double major in science education and chemistry, and one of our new #NCState25 students.