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Why I Chose Education

Everyone has a different reason. What's yours?

Simple Question, Powerful Answers:

We asked educators why they chose to enter the field of education and they shared their inspiring stories. From current students to those who have worked in education for decades, take a look at why our alumni chose to make a difference in the lives of learners.

“What you do as a teacher, as an educator, is you get to make an impact on the lives of others that can last their entire lifetime.”

– Bennett Jones ’14MSA, ’19EDD, director of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program

Meet Bennett 

“My goal and purpose has always been to make a positive impact in the lives of children. We know that a quality education is a game changer for all children, but is a dire need for children in poverty.”

– Valerie Bridges ’02MSA, ’10EDD, retired superintendent of Edgecombe Public Schools and the 2022 N.C. Superintendent of the year

Meet Valerie 

Why Extraordinary Educators Choose Us:


college for education majors in North Carolina


Producer of STEM Educators in N.C.


most effective beginning teachers in North Carolina as rated by employers

Sources: College Magazine and UNC Educator Quality Dashboard

“We’re all part of a broader community of individuals who want our world to be a better place tomorrow than it is today.”

– Carl Harris ’98EDD, NC State College of Education board chair

Meet Carl 

We offer over 50 undergraduate, graduate and certificate options across our three departments.

Why Did You Choose Education?

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😎 #NCState28 chooses education!

We welcomed the class of #NCState28 at our New Undergraduate Student Orientation last week. See anyone you know? 👀

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✨ “This trip was transformative.”

✈️ Josh Webb is one of eight Transformational Scholars who went to Costa Rica this summer. For two weeks, he took intensive Spanish classes, engaged with local preschools and service programs, and immersed himself in Costa Rican culture through homestay experiences, dance classes and rainforest excursions.

❤️ For Josh, this experience deepened his appreciation for other cultures. “It enhanced my language skills and cultural competence and inspired me to incorporate global perspectives into my teaching,” the middle grades English language arts and social studies education major said. “As a future educator in eastern North Carolina, I am committed to fostering an inclusive and dynamic learning environment, drawing on the lessons and experiences from this incredible journey.”

🇨🇷 Thank you for creating this reel and sharing your experience with us, Josh. And thank you to the Anonymous Trust for funding Transformational Scholars' first international trip. Pura vida!

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