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Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education


Richard R. Eakins, Interim Chairperson, 342-A Flanagan Building
Carol A. Brown, MAEd in IT Program Director
William Sugar, MS in IT Program Director

MA in Science Education

The MA in science education is specifically designed for individuals who intend to teach in a community college or junior college setting or who simply wish to increase their expertise in a science content area. The program is open to those students who hold undergraduate degrees in science education or in a science content area.

Admission requirements: Satisfactory entrance examination score; minimum GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate work or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for classes taken in the senior year or in the undergraduate major; favorable recommendation from the departmental admission committee.

Course requirements: A minimum of 36 s.h. is required, with at least 18 s.h. at the 6000 level or above. The specific program of courses must meet the requirements below and be approved by the student’s advisor.

  1. A minimum of 18 s.h. of concentration in either biological, physical, and/or earth science. Appropriate prefixes include BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS.
  2. Six s.h. of suitable electives taken under advisement.
  3. Twelve s.h. of course work in science education, including specified core courses.
A thesis is required. A comprehensive examination in science education must be passed at the completion of the program.

MAEd in Instructional Technology

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The MAEd in instructional technology is designed for students seeking employment in schools or other agencies as technology facilitators, coordinators, or program directors. The mission of the program is to prepare professionals in the field of instructional technology to plan, implement, and evaluate technology programs within a collaborative teaching environment. See the MAEd as listed under the College of Education general information for Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) for requirements for the MAEd in instructional technology. Students completing the MAEd in instructional technology are eligible for NC licensure 077 – Instructional Technology Specialist Computers.

MAEd in Mathematics

The MAEd in mathematics is designed for a teacher whose primary teaching assignment has been in the area of pre-secondary or secondary mathematics. Prior teaching experience is not necessary for admission to this program, but certification to teach is required for admission.

Students holding the equivalent of an undergraduate mathematics major and certified to teach at the secondary level will complete the secondary level concentration. Students who earned the equivalent of an undergraduate concentration in mathematics and are certified to teach at the pre-secondary level will complete the pre-secondary-level concentration. Admission materials must include a letter of recommendation from someone aware of the applicant’s performance or potential as a classroom teacher.

Degree Requirements
Minimum degree requirement is 39 s.h. of credit.

  1. Common core - 21 s.h.
    EDUC 6001; 6482 or SCIE 6500; MATE 6200, 6206, 6211
    6 s.h. of mathematics analysis and algebra as follows:
    Pre-secondary concentration students take MATH 5521. Readings and Lectures in Mathematics (3) once as analysis and once as algebra.
    Secondary concentration students take MATH 5101 or 5102; 5021 or 5064 or 5581 or 6011
  2. Concentration area - 18 s.h.
    Pre-secondary concentration:
    Choose 9 s.h. mathematics education electives in consultation with advisor; MATE 6320 or 6321 is normally included unless the student has credit for a similar course
    Choose 9 s.h. electives from the following: MATE 5263, 5264, 6221, 6222, 6223; MATH 5521, 6263
    Secondary concentration:
    Choose 9 s.h. mathematics education electives in consultation with advisor; MATE 6323 is normally included unless the student has credit for a similar course
    Choose 9 s.h. from the following: MATH 5021, 5031, 5064, 5101, 5102, 5110, 5121, 5122, 5131, 5132, 5311, 5322, 5521, 5551, 5581, 5601, 5801, 6001, 6011, 6012, 6022, 6111, 6112, 6121, 6122, 6251, 6252, 6401, 6402, 6411, 6412, 6561, 6601, 6611, 6612, 6651, 6802, 6803, 6804, 6805
  3. Other requirements
    Capstone experience:
    The capstone experience will consist of either a research project or a portfolio that is modeled on the National Board Professional Teaching Standards or other equivalent project. The graduate student will be able to show knowledge of and skills in the use of appropriate materials, pedagogy, and technology in the construction of a portfolio or research project.
    School-based experience:
    Teaching experience at the K-12 level is not mandatory for admittance to the MAEd program. However, for the graduate student not teaching at the pre-college level, some of the course work will require a practicum with an approved school.

MAEd and MAT in Science Education

For requirements for the master of arts in education (MAEd) in science education, please see the MAEd as listed under the College of Education general information for Master of Arts in Education (MAEd). For requirements for the master of arts in teaching (MAT), please see the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The MAEd program leads to advanced licensure; the MAT program leads to initial licensure.

MS in Instructional Technology

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The MS in instructional technology is designed for students seeking employment in institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, businesses, and industry as developers of computer-based instructional materials and other types of instructional materials. The MS in instructional technology program provides a thorough foundation in the design of instruction and the development of instructional materials. The program also helps students develop advanced skills in media production and distance education.

The degree requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of credit as follows: EDTC 6010, 6020, 6025, 6030; 6040, 6135, 6991, 7030, 7040; one research course; and 6 s.h. of electives.

Certificate in Computer-Based Instruction

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The certificate in computer-based instruction enables interested persons to learn basic instructional design, visual design and interface design principles and then, apply these principles using various software tools, including computer-based, online and virtual reality tools. Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5.

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course in computer-based instruction. Required courses include EDTC 6020, 6030, 6045, 6135, 6240 or 6242, 7030.

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course in computer-based instruction. Required courses include EDTC 6020, 6030, 6045, 6135, 6240 or 6242, 7030.

Certificate in Distance Learning and Administration

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The certificate in distance learning and administration provides interested persons an opportunity to learn the basic principles of distance delivery of classes, to manage distance-delivered classes, and to evaluate their effectiveness. Applicants to the certificate program must meet the same admission requirements as East Carolina University’s Graduate School.

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course work in distance delivery of courses. Required courses include EDTC 6010, 6020, 6300, 7030, 7040, 7330.

Certificate for Special Endorsement in Computer Education

The certificate for the special endorsement in computer education provides interested licensed teachers the opportunity to fulfill requirements to apply for the endorsement for the position of Technology Facilitator. Applicants to the certificate program must currently have a NC teaching license and meet graduate school standards for admission.

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course work in educational technology. Required courses include EDTC 6010, 6020, 6035, 6139, 6140, and 6149.

Certificate in Virtual Reality in Education and Training

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The certificate in virtual reality in education and training provides interested persons the opportunity to learn to use basic virtual reality software and to apply that knowledge in educational and training settings. Applicants to the certificate program must meet the same admission requirements as East Carolina University’s Graduate School.

The certificate program requires 15 s.h. of graduate-level course work in virtual reality, emphasizing educational and training applications. Required courses include EDTC 6240, 6242, 6244, 6848, 6991, 6992.