The North Carolina Central University School of Education began in 1925 as a collection of courses intended to train black teachers and principals to work in the racially segregated school system of the Jim Crow South. It became a department in the College of Liberal Arts in 1928 and a full-fledged school in 1989. The School of Education moved to its present facility in August 2000. The 109,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility boasts full wireless capability, a teleconference classroom, Technology Enhanced classrooms, 350-seat smart auditorium, speech and hearing clinic, and communications and technology laboratories. The building was named in honor of North Carolina House Representative H.M. Michaux, Jr., in 2007.
In fall 2011, 43 full-time faculty taught 177 undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in elementary or middle grades education. Another 400 students were seeking licensure in teaching as well. There were 357 graduate students enrolled in a broad array of licensure and master's degree offerings. NCCU provides graduate curricula in elementary or middle grades education but also educational technology; school administration; community, career or school counseling; communication disorders; and five concentrations in special education. All programs are fully accredited by their respective bodies.
NCCU's School of Education is distinguished by the following:
The School of Education is known for its graduate leadership programs. Approximately one-quarter of the principals in Durham Public Schools earned a degree at our School of Education.
The NCCU School of Education has a number of shining stars with some of the brightest being the Superintendent of Schools in Maryland; National (2) State (6) and regional (7) Teachers of the Year.
The School of Education provides wide-ranging professional development activities for teachers across North Carolina. For example, the SOE hosted the annual COSEBOC (2012) conference, a gathering of 400 professionals committed to increasing the academic success of minority male students. In Spring 2014, the NCCU School of Education's Technology Institute for Educators celebrated its sixth year as well as the Fall Education Symposium.
NCCU education majors provide significant tutoring and other direct service to area elementary and middle school students. For example, 25 African-American boys received after-school tutoring focusing on content knowledge, academic skills and identity issues.