Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning - Online and Distance Education

Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning

Master's Degrees | Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning

Curriculum and Instruction: New Literacies and Global Learning

Entrance Exam: GRE, MAT

The New Literacies & Global Learning (NLGL) program is a distance education program designed for experienced teachers. A hybrid program, about half the required courses are offered online. The program increases teachers' capacity for teaching and learning in a rapidly changing world and focuses on improving the teaching of reading, social studies and English language arts within the context of contemporary education. Concentration areas are K-12 reading, English language arts (middle and high school), and social studies (middle and high school).

Both M.Ed. (Master of Education) and M.S. (Master of Science) options are offered.

New literacies—from text messaging to social media to participating in virtual worlds—are multiple, dynamic and always changing. Likewise, global learning is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Since we have the capacity to communicate and work globally, the demand for global knowledge and understandings is steadily increasing.

The key features of the NLGL program are:

  • Online Course Offerings. The program offers approximately 50% of the courses online.
  • 30-Credit-Hour M.Ed. Cohort. Students will enter the program as part of a cohort and complete 30 credit hours of coursework in order to obtain a master of education degree.
  • Core and Concentrations. All students will complete the same 4 core courses (12 credit hours) and an additional 18 credits in their concentration areas: reading, English language arts, or social studies.
  • Global Connections. Students will generate global connections through international study travel and/or virtual global education experiences.
  • Project-Based Inquiry. When students enter the program they will pose a compelling question related to their teaching that they will answer through their project-based inquiry process during the program.
  • Design Studio Showcase. The NLGL program culminates with a showcase and celebration of all project-based inquiries.
  • 36-Credit-Hour M.S. Cohort.  Students who opt for the master of science degree will take an extra six hours of credit, which includes completing a written thesis. All students will complete ECI 695 Master’s Thesis Research (3 hours) and one research methodology course (3 hours).


Applicants must submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A 500-800 word goals statement


The Master of Education degree requires 30 credits. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 30-credit program is $13,860 for North Carolina residents and $39,330 for non-residents. The Master of Science program, which requires 36 credit hours, is charged at the same rates. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details. 

Plan of Study

The program consists of 30 (M.Ed.) or 36 (M.S.) credit hours of study. A full-time graduate student may take nine credit hours of coursework per semester; part-time students typically take three or six credit hours of coursework per semester.

All teachers enrolled in the 30-hour NLGL concentration in the M.Ed. program will take 4 core courses along with an additional 6 courses (18 credits) in a specific certification area of their choice.

Career Prospects

This program is aimed at increasing teachers' capacity for teaching and learning in a rapidly changing world. The M.S. degree provides suitable research training and expertise for students considering a future doctoral program or work in a research intensive environment.