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Master of Education

K-12 Reading

New Literacies and Global Learning

Ensure the reading proficiency of your students and develop your content and pedagogical knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction in this hybrid program.

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 through the New Literacies and Global Learning: K-12 Reading program.

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Application Deadlines:

June 1

Fall Enrollment

April 15

Summer Enrollment

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Contact us about our scholarship opportunities for English Language Arts and social studies teachers and to learn more about our flexible graduate programs. The coordinator is Dr. Dennis Davis, ddavis6@ncsu.edu.

Why K-12 Reading in 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


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

Program Details

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in New Literacies and Global Learning – K-12 Reading program is a distance education program designed to ensure the reading proficiency of your students. You’ll master the instructional strategies and skills you need to help your students communicate and work globally.

This program focuses on:

  • High-impact pedagogical techniques for teaching reading in the classroom and intervention settings
  • Critical understanding of how to use and interpret reading assessment data
  • Opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership capacity in literacy education

Fall Semester

  • ECI 546 New Literacies and Media
  • ECI 540 Reading in the Elementary School

Spring Semester

  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher
  • ECI 541 Content Area Reading

Summer Semester

  • ECI 509 Special Topics in Writing
  • ECI 524 Theory and Research in Global Learning

Fall Semester

  • ECI 543 Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities
  • ECI 544 Remediation of Reading Disabilities

Spring Semester

  • ECI 508 Teachers as Leaders
  • ECI 645 Diagnostic-Prescriptive Practicum in Reading

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. Most classes will be face-to-face at an off campus site, but some 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.


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