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K-12 Reading: New Literacies and Global Learning

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Teaching and Leading Literacy: Preparing Next-Generation Literacy Specialists

The K-12 reading concentration is a 30 hour program. All teachers enrolled will take 4 Core Courses along with an additional 6 courses focused on teaching and reading.

We are currently accepting applicants for our next cohort that will complete the program in 2 years. The cohort program will be fully online beginning in August 2021 and will include two courses each semester including one summer session.

To apply, you will need to submit transcripts for all universities previously attended (with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0), a personal statement, a current resume, and three letters of recommendation. We don’t require GRE scores or entrance exams for this program. In your personal statement, indicate your interest in the reading education cohort and the K-12 teaching experiences that prepare you for this concentration area. In the application system drop-down menus, look for Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., Distance Education (DE), New literacies and Global Learning, Reading Education.

Apply by July 15 to begin classes in August 2021. 

About the Program

WHY: Ensuring the reading proficiency for the students of North Carolina has never been more important. The College of Education at NC State University is pleased to announce a new, cohort-based sequence of courses centered around developing teacher content and pedagogical knowledge of evidence-based reading instruction.

WHAT: The sequence of literacy education courses acknowledges the complexity of reading instruction and the diverse needs of our students. To address these challenges, course topics include implementing diagnostic assessments and interventions in reading, solving problems of practice in reading education, cultivating digital and global perspectives on literacy learning, researching effective schoolwide reading programs and practices, and developing leadership in literacy education.

WHO: This cohort is targeted for educators interested in a program designed to improve our understanding of struggling and developing readers. This includes a focus on high-impact pedagogical techniques for teaching reading in the classroom and intervention settings, a critical understanding of how to use and interpret reading assessment data, and opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership capacity in literacy education. We encourage classroom teachers, coaches, special educators, interventionists, and administrators to apply for this cohort.

Receive More Information About Our New Literacies and Global Learning Concentration

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,

There are always those students that we try different things to best meet their needs. So I really enjoyed being able to dialogue and problem solve together with my cohort and the faculty [through this program].

Bria Cofield

Bria Cofield

5th grade teacher and 2019-20 Teacher of the Year at Hortons Creek Elementary School

Hear more about why Bria Cofield and other teachers chose to join NC State’s graduate literacy cohort and how the program helped them improve reading achievement among their students.

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A K-12 teacher part of NC State's graduate literacy cohort


Core Courses (12 hours)

  • ECI 508 Teachers as Leaders
  • ECI 523 Teachers as Researchers
  • ECI 524 Theory and Research in Global Learning
  • ECI 546 New Literacies and Media

Specialty Coursework (18 hours)

  • ECI 509 Special Topics in Writing
  • ECI 540 Reading in the Elementary School
  • ECI 541 Content Area Reading
  • ECI 543 Literacy Assessment and Intensified Instruction I
  • ECI 544 Literacy Assessment and Intensified Instruction II
  • ECI 645 Supervised Practicum in Reading