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 teacher's 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.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. NCCU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957. The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences were first offered in that same year; the School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.
The School of Graduate Studies at NCCU is organized by subject matter departments which offer graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees. The School of Graduate Studies confers degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences, and School of Law. The College of Arts and Sciences includes programs in the liberal arts and in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
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.