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Concentration: New Literacies and Global Learning

Degree: Master of Education or Master of Science
Program: Curriculum and Instruction
Delivery Method: Off Campus

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Increase your capacity to teach reading, English or social studies through the New Literacies and Global Learn Program, which helps educators develop instruction techniques that best enable their students to learn and communicate in an environment with technology that is constantly changing. Choose from one of five master’s degree programs and explore best practices and innovative instructional strategies that will enable you to maximize your impact and emerge as a content leader in your area of choice.

To apply, you will need to submit transcripts from all universities previously attended (with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0), a personal statement, a current resume, and three letters of recommendation. We do not require GRE scores or entrance exams for these programs. In your personal statement, describe your professional interests and experiences that prepare you for a graduate degree in the concentration area. In the application system drop-down menus, look for Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., Distance Education (DE), New literacies and Global Learning. 

Find the right Master’s program in New Literacies and Global Learning for you:

Learn how to design and implement diagnostic reading assessments and interventions, solve problems of practice in reading education, and cultivate digital and global perspectives on literacy in your classroom.

Enhance your teaching of the English language arts and learn how to prepare your students to communicate clearly across different technologies and environments.

Develop your mastery of social studies education and learn how to improve your teaching for a global society and prepare your students to be informed and engaged citizens.

Learn how to improve your teaching for a dynamic world and equip your secondary English Language Arts students to communicate clearly in an increasingly global working community.

Master your social studies education skills at a hybrid program we’ve designed to fit your schedule. You’ll learn how to improve your teaching for secondary social studies students and help them become informed global citizens.

Receive More Information About Our New Literacies and Global Learning Concentration

Contact us to learn more about our flexible graduate programs. The coordinator is Dr. Dennis Davis,

Why NC State:


You can take courses online and in-person to earn your advanced degree in reading, English language arts or social studies


You will learn from world-class faculty who have K-12 classroom experience and apply the latest research in their courses


Your courses will blend theory and practice that you can apply to your own classrooms and generate global connections through international study or virtual global experiences


You can complete a master’s at Money Magazine’s No. 1 ranked college in best value in North Carolina

Extraordinary Educators prepare at the NC State College of Education. Join them.


Producer of Master-Level Literacy Specialists in N.C. (DPI)



To apply to NC State Graduate Schbool & New Literacies & Global Learning (NLGL) program, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution of Higher Education.


The program consists of 30 credit hours for the Masters of Ed and 36 credit hours for the Masters of Science. A full-time graduate student may take nine credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take three or six credit hours of coursework per semester. Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)


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All teachers enrolled in the 30 hour NLGL concentration in the M.Ed. program will take 4 core courses along with an additional 6 courses in a specific certification area of their choice.

Core Curriculum

Core curriculum will consist of 4 courses which is 12 hours of coursework.

  • ECI 546 New Literacies and Media (3 hours)
  • ECI 524 Theory and Research in Global Learning (3 hours)
  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher (3 hours)
  • ECI 508 Teachers as Leaders (3 hours)

Specialty Coursework

Specialty curriculum will consist of 6 courses which is 18 hours of coursework. Select a specialty area for more details:


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for me to submit my application?

March 1 is the preferred deadline for acceptance to the Fall semester, but we will accept applications until July 1.

Are the classes online or face-to-face?

We consider our program to be a hybrid degree. Most classes will be online but some will be face-to-face at an off-campus site.

Will I automatically receive a teaching license when I complete this program?

No, the NC Department of Public Instruction is the licensing body in North Carolina. This program does not lead to an initial teaching license. Contact the CED Licensure Coordinator, Paige Goos, for questions about applying for graduate level licensure. This office is in 515 Poe Hall Office, 919.513-2682,

If I do not have teaching experience, can I still apply for the program?

We expect that our applicants have an initial teaching license in order to enter our program. We encourage applicants to teach before entering the graduate program since we think the coursework is more meaningful if you already have teaching experience. We do, however, have some students who enter the program directly from their undergraduate programs with only their student teaching experience.