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Master of Education

Middle Grades Social Studies

New Literacies and Global Learning

Increase your capacity for teaching middle school social studies in a rapidly changing world and learn to leverage changing technologies to improve student outcomes in this flexible graduate program for licensed teachers.

Develop your mastery of social studies education at a hybrid program we’ve designed to to fit your schedule. You’ll learn how to improve your teaching for a global society and prepare your students to be informed and engaged citizens.

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Application Deadlines:

June 1

Fall Enrollment

April 15

Summer Enrollment

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, ddavis6@ncsu.edu.

Why Middle Grades Social Studies 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

Price Tag

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 social studies and using new technologies to improve student outcomes

Program Details

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in New Literacies and Global Learning – Middle Grades Social Studies program is a distance education program designed for experienced teachers to teach social studies in new literacies — from text messaging to social media to participating in virtual worlds. You’ll master the instructional strategies and skills you need to help your middle grades students become informed global citizens.

The middle grades social studies concentration is a 30 hour program. All history and social studies teachers enrolled will take four core courses along with an additional 6 courses focused on teaching and learning history and social studies in the middle grades. These courses include advanced, graduate-level content courses in history and the social studies.

Core Curriculum

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

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

Specialty Coursework

Specialty curriculum typically consists of six courses which is 18 hours of coursework.

  1. Middle Grades Focus (3 Hours):
  • ECI 550 Foundations of Middle Years Education (3 hours)
  1. Restricted Electives – Social Studies/Diversity/Technology Options (9 Hours):
  • ECI 500 Theory & Practice in Teaching Diverse Populations (3 hours)
  • ECI 525 Contemporary Approaches in the Teaching of Social Studies (3 hours)
  • ECI 526 Theory & Research on Teaching and Learning Social Studies (3 hours)
  • ECI 630 or 727 Independent Study in Social Studies (3 hours)
  • ECI 511 Computer Applications and Curriculum Integration (fall, summer, online)
  • ECI 512 Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (spring, online)
  • ECI 513 Videography for Education (spring, online)
  • ECI 514 Multimedia Design and Applications in Inst. (fall, online)
  • ECI 515 Internet Applications and Web Page Design in Instruction (spring, online)
  1. Social Studies Content (6 Hours) — Approval of Advisor
  • Choose from social studies disciplines (history, political science, economics, anthropology, or geography).

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 at least 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.


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