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Programs Offered

The School of Education offers graduate programs in

  • Communication Disorders: The graduate program in Communication Disorders offers courses leading to the Master of Education degree. The Master's degree program is designed to prepare graduates to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to persons exhibiting disorders of speech and language. Completion of the program prepares graduates for speech-language pathology services in settings ranging from public schools and hospitals to community, state, and federal agencies. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, for licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and for the graduate license issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  • Counselor Education: The Counselor Education Program prepares counselors to work in mental health, school, and career counseling settings who promote social justice and responsibility, serve as leaders in a diverse and global community, and respond to the complexity of human needs across the lifespan. Faculty is expected to teach and mentor students, serve the community and counseling profession, and promote intellectual advancement through conducting and disseminating research.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: The department offers a Master’s Program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in elementary, middle grades, English, or mathematics education. The graduate program is for experienced teachers who hold an initial license (A) and have at least two years of classroom experience. The program broadens the teacher’s understanding of the purpose and role of education in the elementary, middle grades, and high school; 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; provides for concentrated study in major subject areas; and assists the teacher in developing the conceptual framework and skills necessary to provide a developmentally appropriate living/learning environment for all children.
  • Educational Technology: The program in Instructional Technology leading to the 077 license is primarily designed for K-12 teachers who are interested in becoming technology specialists and learning more about integrating the use of computers, information technology and other technologies into the curriculum. The competencies addressed in this program reflect the new National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) technology standards, as well as new requirements for NCDPI licensure.
  • School Administration: The program of study for the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree is designed to prepare visionary school leaders for the public schools of North Carolina and the nation. The MSA program combines course work, field experiences, and an internship experience as the principal means of providing MSA candidates with essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for exemplary school leadership, particularly in preparation for diverse cultural contexts and as advocates for social justice.
    The MSA program at NCCU is guided by standards and competencies of the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards of School Leaders (ISLLC), Educational Leaders Constituent Council (ELCC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the mission of North Carolina Central University and the School of Education.
  • Special Education: The mission of the Department of Special Education is to prepare teachers to effectively teach and nurture students with special needs, to address issues of language and cultural diversity, and to collaborate with parents, other professionals, and students in the delivery of evidence based educational programs.

Graduate Education Programs in Other Colleges

Physical Education (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences): This program is a practitioner-oriented program for professionals seeking additional expertise in physical education teaching. Emphasis is placed on current national trends and issues throughout the curriculum. This program requires 36-39 semester hours to complete.

Family and Consumer Sciences (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences): The Department of Human Sciences offers the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with Licensure. This degree program leads to a teaching certification at the graduate level. All graduate majors are expected to hold membership in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Library Media Coordinator (School of Library and Information Sciences): The school media coordinator concentration provides experiences through the curriculum which enable the graduate to:

  1. Develop and implement plans to ensure effective management of the school media center as an integral part of the educational program.
  2. Provide a variety of services that extend and reinforce the instructional program of the school.
  3. Coordinate effectively the identification, evaluation, selection, organization, and preservation of instructional resources.
  4. Be an effective manager.
  5. Demonstrate professional integrity by ethical behavior.
  6. Demonstrate evidence of professional growth and development.

Programs for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers at the bachelor's level or master's level and for the preparation of school and agency counselors, career counselors and placement officers, school administrators, supervisors, special education teachers and media coordinators at the master's level are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) . Teacher licensure programs are accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The program in Communication Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Programs in Counselor Education are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Degrees Conferred

The Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of School Administration, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees are offered through the School of Education’s Graduate Division. Students who major in Educational Technology or Counselor Education receive the M.A. degree. Those who major in Curriculum and Instruction or Communication Disorders receive the M.Ed. degree. Students who major in Special Education may receive either a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree or the M.Ed. degree. Students who major in School Administration receive the M.S.A. degree.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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