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Graduate Catalog 2008-09


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Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Patricia J. Anderson, Chairperson, 120 Speight Building

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The master of arts in teaching (MAT) includes teaching field concentrations as follows: art education, business education, elementary education, English education, family and consumer sciences education, health education, Hispanic studies, history education, marketing education, middle grades education, music education, physical education, and science education. The Schools of Art and Design and Music, the Colleges of Health and Human Performance and Human Ecology, and the departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences offer subject matter courses and content specific methods courses as well as supervise interns in specific teaching areas. The full-time program is designed to be completed in twelve months, beginning in the summer and finishing the following summer. Successful completion of the MAT leads to advanced teaching licensure.

Minimum requirements for admission to the College of Education’s MAT program include the following:

  1. MAT applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline as designated for the MAT teaching areas as follows:
    Art education: BFA or BA in studio art.
    Business and marketing education: business administration, management, accounting, decision sciences, marketing, or information processing or an MBA.
    Elementary education: baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    English education: English
    Family and consumer sciences education: family and consumer sciences, family and community services, nutrition, hospitality management, human development, child development, interior design, housing, textiles, apparel design, or consumer economics.
    Health education: public education, community health, exercise science, exercise physiology, physical education, nursing, biology, home economics, nutrition, psychology, sociology, or anthropology.
    Hispanic Studies: undergraduate major in Spanish, Hispanic Studies, or Romance Languages with concentration in Spanish and proficiency level in Spanish: Advanced on the ACTFL scale in reading, listening, and speaking, Advanced-Plus in writing.
    History education: history, political science, geography, sociology, or law
    Middle grades education: English, mathematics, history, economics, geography, biology, geology, physics, chemistry, environmental science, life science, or earth science.
    Music education: music performance, music business, church music, music theory/composition, or music therapy.
    Physical education: exercise and sport science, kinesiology, physical education, or recreation.
    Science education: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, life science, natural science, physical science, or earth science.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work from an institution accredited by a regional association.
  3. Satisfactory entrance examination scores on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogy Test.
  4. A completed Graduate School application packet, including the written statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence or ability to do graduate work.
  5. MAT applicants are required to complete an interview successfully with the MAT coordinator, program area faculty, and teachers.
Upon acceptance into a teaching area, the student is assigned an advisor.

The master of arts degree in teaching requires 39 s.h. of credit as follows:
Required core courses: TCHR 6010, 6011, 6020, 6024, 6030; SPED 6000 - 24 s.h.
Teaching area specific courses: (Choose from one of the following areas.) - 15 s.h.
Art education: ART 5323, 5670, 5851, 5860; additional 6 s.h. in teaching area
Business or marketing education: BITE 6410 or 6492 or 6750; BITE 5200, 6424, 6428; BITE 6430, 6492
Elementary education: ELEM 6010, 6406; MATE 6320 or 6321; READ 5316; SCIE 6019
English education: ENGL 6520 or 6529; ENED 6600, 6630, 6967; 3 s.h. literature
Family and consumer sciences education: FACS 6423 and 12 s.h. from the following: CHE 5007; FACS 6003, 6004, 6180; CDFR 6401, 6402, 6407, 7400 or BITE 6750
Health education: HLTH 5310, 6000, 6100, 6355, 6500
Hispanic studies: SPAN 6600; 12 s.h. from the following (9 s.h. must be at the 6000 level): SPAN 5340, 5440, 5445, 5550, 5700, 5940, 6000, 6001, 6100, 6101, 6200, 6202, 6400, 6521, 6522, 6523
History education: HIED 6510, 6500, 6600; 3 s.h. from the following HIST 5130 or 5220 or 6030 or 6050 or 6260; and 3 s.h. from the following HIST 5350 or 6355 or 6375
Middle grades education: MIDG 6100, 6200; teaching area MIDG methods; 6 s.h. in specialty area
Music education: MUSC 5257 or 2 s.h. MUSC electives; MUSC 5977, 6048; 6217 or 6237; 6287 or 6405; 6323, 6333
Physical education: EXSS 6101, 6104, 6108, 6110, 6323
Science education: SCIE 5000, 6020, 6310, 6500, 6506
Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy for the MAT will be met when the following have been completed.

  1. Unconditionally admitted to graduate standing.
  2. Accepted to a program area and assigned an advisor.
  3. Completion of 12 s.h. of graduate credit over and above any entrance deficiencies or conditions.
Transfer Credit
Transfer of credit regulations which have been established by the Graduate School apply to this degree program. Transfer of credit is only accepted when it is fulfilling a deficiency or content area of knowledge.

Residence Requirements
The residence requirement for a nondoctoral degree program is met when a student has earned at least one-half of the graduate degree credit for his or her program while in residence, which is defined as taking courses on the campus of East Carolina University or at designated off-campus residence centers.

Continuous Enrollment (or Registration)
Graduate students who have previously registered for all credits in a graduate degree program but who have not completed all requirements (e.g., thesis, professional paper, internship, etc.) must continue to register each semester (except summer terms) until all degree requirements are completed and filed with the registrar. Under special circumstance, exception to continuous registration may be approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Students must be registered for the semester of graduation (except summer if registered for preceding spring semester).

Other Requirements for the MAT
General requirements for the completion of the master’s degree are as follows:

  1. 39 s.h. of course work.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Meeting specific teaching area requirements.
  4. Completion of a culminating project.
Students who do not have at least a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the MAT program may be allowed to submit up to 6 s.h. additional graduate credit hours in residence on the East Carolina University campus or at an approved graduate center in order to accumulate a 3.0 average. These credits will be in the area(s) evaluated as being weak.

Graduate courses with a final grade of C may be credited toward completion of any part of a nondoctoral degree program, but any student who receives a final grade of C on courses totaling in excess of 6 s.h. will have his or her program terminated. A B average is required for graduation based on semester hours of A-graded work equal to or exceeding semester hours of C-graded work. A student who receives two Fs or two Cs and an additional C or F as final grades is subject to termination.

Certificate in Assistive Technology

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The certificate in assistive technology will equip students with specific skills and knowledge in assistive technology. The overall objective of the program is to prepare educational and/or health care professionals in the knowledge and skills needed to utilize assistive technology for the enhancement of a student and/or client’s functional performance. Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certification will have a broad-based knowledge of assistive technology, the ability to assess assistive technology needs with clients/students and plan implementation based upon that assessment, the ability to work with a collaborative team to implement assistive technology, and the knowledge and skills to effectively manage resources for procurement of assistive technology.

Applicants seeking admission must be graduate students or education or health care professionals working in their respective fields. Professionals can enroll as non-degree seeking students. Admission is based on completion of the certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate program requires 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work in assistive technology, emphasizing practical application and collaborative team work. Required courses include SPED/OCCT 6701, 6702, 6703, and an elective.

Certificate in Autism

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The certificate in autism will provide teachers and other school personnel with knowledge and skills necessary to work with students with autism and autism spectrum disorder. The overall objective of the program is to prepare classroom general and special educators and/or other school personnel to provide best practice, research based instructional and related services to this growing school population. Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certificate will have a broad-based knowledge of the characteristics of students with autism and autism spectrum disorder, strategies for classroom instruction, skills in developing and implementing communication systems, and strategies for collaborating with and supporting families.

Applicants seeking admission must be graduate students or education professionals working in their respective fields. Professionals can enroll as non-degree seeking students. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate program requires 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work with completion of the following courses: SPED 6800, 6801, 6802, and 6803.

Certificate in Deaf-Blindness

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The certificate in deaf-blindness will provide teachers and other school personnel with knowledge and skills necessary to work with students with deaf-blindness and additional impairments. The overall objective of the program is to prepare classroom special educators and/or other school personnel to provide best practice, research based instructional and related services. Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certificate will have a broad-based knowledge of the characteristics of students with deaf-blindness, strategies for classroom instruction, skills in developing and implementing communication systems, and strategies for collaborating with and supporting families.

Applicants seeking admission must be graduate students or education professionals working in their respective fields. Professionals can enroll as non-degree seeking students. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate program requires 15 s.h. of graduate-level course work with completion of the following courses: SPED 6810, 6811, 6812, 6813, and 6814.

Academically Gifted Licensure

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Licensure in academically gifted is available as an add-on to an existing licensure. The program requires 12 s.h. of graduate study in the academically gifted subject area.

Required courses: SPED 6104, 6401, 6402, 6403. This add-on licensure can be a portion of requirements for one MAEd elementary education strand.