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Master of Education or Master of Science

New Literacies and Global Learning

Expand your knowledge of new literacies, enhance your global instruction practices, and prepare to lead in a dynamic and always changing world.

Improve your teaching of reading, social studies and English language arts within the context of contemporary education through this hybrid-online program designed for experienced teachers.

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Application Deadlines:

June 1

Fall Enrollment

April 15

Summer Enrollment

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Why New Literacies and Global Learning at NC State:


Quality instruction from nationally-renowned faculty that incorporates research and best practices you can apply to your classroom

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Reduced tuition rates at one of the nation’s best values among public universities


Take classes at your convenience in the evening at off-campus locations or online in this hybrid program


Study alongside other educators in a collaborative learning environment that will help you expand your network


Build leadership and research skills through an intensive, targeted core curriculum that will help you develop global knowledge and understanding


Deepen your content knowledge of teaching and using new technologies to improve student outcomes

Program Details

The New Literacies and Global Learning Language Arts program is a distance education program designed for experienced teachers to increase their capacity to teach reading, social studies and English language arts in new literacies. Master of Education (M.Ed.) students enter the program as part of a cohort and complete 30 hours of coursework to earn their degree. Master of Science (M.S.) students take an additional six hours of coursework and complete a written thesis to earn their degree.

Degree concentration areas include:

  • K-12 Reading
  • Middle Grades English Language Arts
  • Middle Grades Social Studies
  • Secondary English Language Arts
  • Secondary Social Studies

Students in the New Literacies and Global Learning program take the following four courses as part of the program’s core curriculum and complete a capstone project that’s presented at the New Literacies and Global Learning Showcase.

  • ECI 546 – New Literacies & Media
  • ECI 524 – Theory and Research in Global Learning
  • ECI 523 – Teacher as Researcher
  • ECI 508 – Teachers as Leaders

M.Ed. students will take an additional 18 hours of coursework in their concentration — reading, social studies or English language arts — to complete the program. M.S. students will take an additional 24 hours of coursework in their concentration and complete a written thesis.

The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.

  • 1-3 page personal statement that showcases your background, educational accomplishments, employment/volunteer work experience, and how this program will help you meet your professional goals
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education* showing 3.0 GPA as required by the Graduate School
  • Three letters of recommendation that describe your work ethic and potential as a graduate student. These letters must be included with the online reference form.
  • We prefer candidates have at least three years of teaching experience though it’s not required
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $85 for international residents

NOTE: As of Spring 2013, GRE scores are no longer required for admission. However, if your overall GPA is below a 3.0, we strongly recommend that you submit GRE scores.

* Applicants currently attending or who have previously attended NC State are not required to provide an NC State transcript. Official transcripts will be required once an admission decision has been made by the Graduate School. Copies of transcripts should be uploaded directly into your online application or sent directly to the Graduate School at:

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
Research Building III, Room 240
1005 Capability Drive, Box 7102
Raleigh, NC  27695

Review the Online and Distance Education Rates for upcoming semester tuition and fees. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Are the classes online or face-to-face?

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

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

No, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is the licensing body in North Carolina. Contact the NC State College of Education Licensure Coordinator, Bonita Apperson, to apply for graduate level licensure. This office is in 515 Poe Hall Office, 919.513-2682, baappers@ncsu.edu.

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.


Ranked Among Online Graduate Education Programs in N.C. (U.S. News)

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