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College of Education

Linda Patriarca, Dean, 154 Speight Building

The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners, including professionals in adult/continuing education, business information systems, counseling, instructional technology, and librarianship. Significant to this mission is a strong commitment to three important, related areas: the encouragement and nurturing of professional growth for educators and allied practitioners at all levels and in all areas of the educational endeavor, a continuing emphasis on and support for scholarship and research/creative activity, and service in all areas of professional education.

The College of Education offers graduate degree programs through the Departments of Business and Information Technologies Education; Counselor and Adult Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; Library Science and Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education.


Graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Public Schools of North Carolina, Department of Public Instruction.

Distance Education

Selected College of Education programs have been approved for distance education delivery. All programs may be available on-campus. For a complete listing of programs available partially or entirely through distance education, please refer to section 6, Degrees and Teacher Licensure, or contact individual department offices.

Master's Teaching Degrees

The master of arts in education (MAEd) is offered with teaching areas in business education; elementary education; English education; health education; history education (with concentrations in American history and European history); instructional technology; marketing education; mathematics; middle grades education (with concentrations in English, mathematics, science, and social studies); physical education (with concentrations in adapted physical education and physical education pedagogy); reading education; science education; special education (with licensure areas in behavioral/emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, low incidence disabilities, and intellectual disabilities). MAEd programs in art, birth-kindergarten, family and consumer sciences education, and music (master of music) are administratively located in the respective departments. These programs may choose to satisfy MAEd competency requirements through the use of the MAEd core or they may utilize their own courses to meet the competencies. The College of Education also offers the master of arts in teaching (MAT) with teaching field concentrations. Please refer to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for requirements of the MAT.

NOTE: The College of Education also offers the MAEd in adult education, which does not require or result in state licensure.

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Master of arts in education (MAEd) degree programs range from a minimum of 36-39 semester hours, depending on the teaching field. All MAEd degree programs require completion of course work in the following competency areas: research, trends, and issues in education; the diverse learner; and, effective communication and leadership. The program is designed so that students and advisors have options in completing these competencies. Additional courses may be added to the following list of core courses as they are approved.

All MAEd teaching degree programs require completion of a final product. Depending on the teaching area selected, the final product may be in the form of a comprehensive examination (written or oral), a thesis, a research project, or a portfolio. See the description of teaching area specific courses (below) for information about how the final product requirement is satisfied in each teaching area.

A student may seek acceptance into the College of Education and one of several teaching areas offered in the MAEd. Minimum requirements for admission to the College of Education's MAEd program include the following:

  1. All MAEd applicants (except those applying to the adult education MAEd program) must currently hold or be eligible for an initial teaching license. Entrance into an MAEd teaching area other than that of the initial licensure area may require prerequisite courses and a passing score on the area specialty PRAXIS exam for licensure.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.7 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 Analogies Test. This must be completed prior to admission or completion of 9 s.h. of graduate credit.
  4. A completed Graduate School application packet, including the written statement of purpose, a copy of the initial teaching license, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic competence orability to do graduate work.
Upon acceptance into a teaching area, the student is assigned an advisor.

Required core courses - 12 s.h.
Research, Trends, and Issues Competency Area: EDUC 6480, 6482 or SCIE 6500 - 3 s.h.
Diverse Learner Competency Area: EDUC 6001; SPED 6002 - 6 s.h.
Effective Communication and Leadership Competency Area: LEED 6000 or ADED 6550 or ELEM 6550 - 3 s.h.
Teaching area specific courses
(Choose from one of the following areas.) - 24-27 s.h.
Business education - 27 s.h.
Required core courses - 15 s.h.
BITE 6410, 6426, 6450, 6492, 6750
Choose 12 s.h. from the following:
BITE 5200, or 5503; Choose from 6100, 6103, 6420, 6424, 6428, 6430, 6435, 6700, 7000. Students selecting the thesis option must register for BITE 7000 and may count 6 s.h. of BITE 7000 toward the degree.
Elementary education - 24 s.h.
ELEM 6000, 6001, 6200, 6400, 6500
Choose 9 s.h. in an elementary content strand as follows:
Academically Gifted: SPED 6104, 6401, 6402 (SPED 6403 is a requirement for add-on licensure in gifted education)
Content Pedagogy: ELEM 6406; 6412 or 6488; MATE 6320; SCIE 6019; READ 5316 or 6421
Teacher Leadership in the Elementary School: ELEM 6408; LEED 6805, 6830
Early Childhood: ELEM 6412, 6408, and 6410
Thesis: ELEM 7000 (May be repeated. May count 6 s.h. toward the degree. Can be substituted for 3 s.h. in one of the content strands.)
Final product requirement: A research project with an oral presentation (ELEM 6000 and 6001) or a thesis with an oral thesis defense (ELEM 7000).
English - 27 s.h.
ENED 6510, 6511 (IRB research approval procedures are required for all students in this research series)
18 s.h. of English or English Education courses, 6 s.h. of which must be at the 6000 or 7000-level.
Choose 3 s.h. from COAD 6358; READ 5317; SPED 6000
Final product requirement: A research project initiated in ENED 6510 and completed with an oral presentation in ENED 6511.
Health education - 24 s.h.
HLTH 5310, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6355, 6400
Internship: HLTH 6990, 6991
Final product requirement: A professional portfolio (HLTH 6990 and 6991) is required for completion of the final product requirement.
History education - 27 s.h.
HIED 6510; HIST 6900, 6993
Concentration: Choose American History or European History
Choose 21 s.h. in the area, including 9 s.h. from the historiography course, the seminar in issues and topics, and a directed research project.
6 s.h. in a related field outside the concentration.
At least 3 s.h. of coursework must be in the area of culturally diverse or multicultural populations.
Final product requirement: A research project with an oral defense and comprehensive oral examination.
Instructional Technology - 24-27 s.h.
EDTC 6010, 6020, 6025; 6035 or 6037; 6139; 6149, 6992; two electives
Final product requirement: Either the development of a professional portfolio and an internship (EDTC 6992) or a thesis with an oral defense (EDTC 6995) and an internship (EDTC 6992).
Marketing education - 27 s.h.
BITE 5200, 5201
BITE 6400 or 6700; 6426, 6450, 6750
MKTG 6162, 6822, 6842
Choose a technology elective from BITE, or EDTC
Final product requirement: The development of a professional portfolio with an oral defense or a thesis with an oral defense (BITE 7000).
Middle grades education - 24 s.h.
MIDG 6000, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6401
Concentration Area: Choose 12 s.h. from one concentration area or a minimum of 9 s.h. from one area and 3 s.h. from another.
English: ENED 6510; ENED 6630 or ENGL 6625; ENGL 6340 or 6360 or 6460; ELEM 6488, 6515; 3 s.h. ENGL or ENED elective
Mathematics: MATE 5263, 5264, 6321; MATH 6264; 3 s.h. MATE or MATH elective
Science: SCIE 6003, 6004, 6020, 6200, 6310, 6506
Social studies: ELEM 5306 or 6406; GEOG 5283, 6393; HIED 6510; HIST 5122, 5130, 5135, 5340, 5765
Thesis: MIDG 7000
Final product requirement: A research project with a presentation and written documentation (MIDG 6001 and 6401) or a thesis with an oral thesis defense (MIDG 7000).
Physical education - 24 s.h.
Choose one concentration area:
Adapted Physical Education: EXSS 5303, 5305, 5903, 6201, 6300, 6301, 6990, 6991, 6994; 3 s.h. elective
Physical Education Pedagogy: EXSS 6101, 6104, 6108, 6109, 6110, 6202, 6300, 6301, 6990, 6991
Final product requirement: In addition to successfully passing a written comprehensive exam, a research project (EXSS 6994) or a professional portfolio (EXSS 6990, 6991) is required.
Reading education - 27 s.h.
COAD 6358; READ 6406, 6407, 6418, 6430; READ 6421, 6422; or 6431, 6432
Choose 6 s.h. from one option as follows:
Option I. Courses for Related Study: Approved electives from reading and classroom teaching, reading specialist, adult literacy, English as a second language, or a combination of related study courses
Option II. Non-Thesis: Choose from approved list of electives
Option III. Thesis (2 required courses): READ 7000 (May count 6 s.h. toward degree)
Final product requirement: A professional electronic portfolio (READ 6406, 6407, 6418, 6421, 6422, 6430) and presentation.
Science education - 24 s.h.
SCIE 6020; 6200 or 5010; 6310, 6600, and 9 s.h. coursework from fields of biological, physical, and earth science (BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, and SCIE)
Final product requirement: Choose 3 s.h. of thesis (SCIE 7000) or research problem option, which requires completion of SCIE 6505 or 6506 or 6507.
Special education - 30 s.h.
SPED 6010, 6011, 6012, 6014, 6015
Choose 15 s.h. from one concentration area as follows:
Behavioral/Emotional disabilities: SPED 6023, 6027, 6994, 7000 or 7002; approved electives
Learning disabilities: SPED 6022, 6025, 6994, 7000 or 7002; approved electives
Low Incidence disabilities: SPED 6030, 6031, 6994, 7000 or 7002; approved electives
Electronic portfolio requirement: Demonstration of field-based master teaching, research, collaboration, and leadership skills developed throughout the SPED MAEd program
Final product requirement: Completion of a thesis (SPED 7000) or a field-based project (SPED 7002); both require a presentation to faculty and students
Special education, intellectual disabilities - 30 s.h.
SPED 6010, 6011, 6012, 6014, 6015, 6020, 6021, 6994, 7000 or 7002; approved elective
Electronic portfolio requirement: Demonstration of field-based master teaching, research, collaboration, and leadership skills developed through the SPED MAEd program
Final product requirement: Completion of a thesis (SPED 7000) or a field-based project (SPED 7002); both require a presentation to faculty and students

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy for the MAEd will be met when the following have been completed.
  1. Unconditionally admitted to graduate standing.
  2. Acquired initial NC teaching licensure in appropriate area.
  3. Accepted to a program area and assigned an advisor.
  4. 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 eighty percent of the required graduate degree credit for his or her program through enrollment in courses offered by East Carolina University.

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 MAEd

General requirements for the completion of the master's degrees are as follows:

  1. 36-39 s.h. of course work, depending upon the teaching area.
  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 MAEd 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 grade is subject to termination.