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Middle Grades Education (6-8) (MED)

The Advanced Graduate Program in Curriculum and Instruction is offered for experienced elementary, middle grades, secondary mathematics, and secondary English teachers who hold an A license, has at least two years of successful classroom experience, and want to extend and enhance their knowledge and competencies in understanding classroom practice (applying diversity, developmental and psychological theories); developing curriculum; utilizing technology; assuming a leadership role in the school and community; teaching practices; understanding research practices; and conducting action research.

The program broadens the teachers understanding of the purpose and role of education in the elementary, middle, secondary mathematics and secondary English grades; extends an understanding of the nature of the learner and the learning process (including exceptional populations); assists the teacher in gaining greater insights and skills in the use of research techniques and in administering action research projects to evaluate and improve classroom instruction; and assists the teacher in developing the conceptual framework and skills necessary to provide a developmentally appropriate living/learning environment for all children.

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See scholarships available to NCCU Education majors.

Additional Requirements:

  • Two copies (official transcripts) of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Copy of the NC initial license in Middle Grades (or the equivalent from another state); with a concentration in one of the four content areas - Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies
  • A letter from a principal verifying two years of full-time teaching experience in an elementary classroom
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall with a 3.0 in the major
  • An official copy of Graduate Record Exam scores
  • An essay of current issues the candidate would like to address in the master's degree program
  • Three letters of recommendation (one each from a supervisor, a peer and a community representative)
  • An interview with the program coordinator that will include an impromptu writing sample; based on current issues; applicants will choose one of three topics.
  • An interview conducted by two graduate faculty members

Application Deadline:
October 1st (Spring admission); March 1st (Fall admission)

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

Contact Information:

Name: Dorothy Singleton, Professor
Phone: (919) 530-6353
Fax: (919) 530-7681
Office Location: 2098 H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
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Name: Agnes DeWitt, Assistant Professor
Phone: (919) 530-7696
Fax: (919) 530-7681
Office Location: 2128 H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
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Name: Nancy Reese-Durham, Associate Professor
Phone: (919) 530-5181
Fax: (919) 530-7681
Office Location: 2092 H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
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Name: Elaine Reid, Continuing Education Officer
Phone: (919) 530-7677
Fax: (919) 530-5220
Office Location: 0 H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building
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The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.

  • College of Behavioral and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Library and Information Sciences

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.

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