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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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College of Education


Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education


Susan Ganter, Chair, 352-A Flanagan Building
Ronald V. Preston, Director of Students, 352E Flanagan Building

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 2.7 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 is in K-12 mathematics. The MAEd in mathematics consists of three concentrations: elementary, middle school, and high school. For each graduate student, the selection of a concentration will be made in consultation with a mathematics education advisor and will be based on a student’s prior education and future career plans. Prior teaching experience is not necessary for admission to this program, but certification to teach is required for admission. 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 36 s.h. of credit.

  1. Common core - 15 s.h.
    EDUC 6001; MATE 6200 or 6062*, 6206 or 6063*, 6211, 6400
    * Students who wish to obtain the elementary mathematics education specialist certificate must take MATE 6062 and MATE 6063.
  2. Concentration areas (Choose one.) - 21 s.h.
    Elementary concentration (Grades K – 6): 21s.h.
    Mathematics for K–6 teachers (12 s.h.)
    Students will take the following 4 courses to develop expertise in grades K – 6 mathematics: MATE 6058, 6059, 6060, 6061
    Mathematics for K–12 teachers (9 s.h.)
    Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor MATE 6120, 6130, 6140, 6331, 6341, 6351, 6361, 6371, 6391
    Middle School concentration (Grades 6–9): 21 s.h.
    Mathematics for 6–9 teachers (12 s.h.)
    Students will take 4 of the following courses to develop expertise in grades 6 – 9 mathematics; other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor: MATE 6331, 6341, 6351, 6361, 6371, 6391
    Mathematics for K–12 teachers (9 s.h.)
    Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor: MATE 6058, 6059, 6060, 6061, 6062, 6063, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6331, 6341, 6351, 6361, 6371, 6391
    High School concentration (Grade 9–12): 21 s.h.
    Mathematics for 9–12 teachers (12 s.h.)
    Students will take 4 of the following courses. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor: MATH 5021, 5031, 5064, 5101, 5102, 5110, 5121, 5131, 5132, 5551, 5581, 5601, 5774, 5801, 6001, 6150, 6251, 6651
    Mathematics for K-12 teachers (9 s.h.)
    Students will take 3 of the following courses to develop a broader view of K – 12 mathematics. Other courses might be acceptable; please consult with your advisor: MATE 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6150, 6331, 6341, 6351, 6361, 6371, 6391
  3. Other requirements
    Capstone experience:
    The capstone experience (MATE 6400) will consist of an action research project and assignments modeled on the National Board Professional Teaching Standards portfolio. This will allow graduate students to show knowledge of and skills in the use of appropriate materials, pedagogy, and technology in mathematics education.
    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.

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 in Elementary Mathematics Education

The elementary mathematics education certificate provides interested elementary education licensed teachers the opportunity to fulfill requirements to apply for the add-on license in K-6 mathematics. Applicants to the certificate program must currently have a teaching license and meet graduate school standards for admission.

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

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course work in a program of study designed by a consortium of UNC universities and approved by the NC State Board of Education. Required courses include MATE 6058, 6059, 6060, 6061, 6062, and 6063.

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. Students with an advanced teaching license or MLS may add-on 077 licensure by completing EDTC 6992 Technology Specialists as Teacher Leaders in K-12 School Systems in addition to requirements for the 18079 Special Endorsement.

The certificate program requires 18 s.h. of graduate-level course work in educational technology. Required courses include EDTC 6010, 6020, 6035, 6070, 6139, 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.