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Communication professionals work in a rapidly changing environment that requires them to update their abilities throughout their career.  Both conceptual and technological issues underlie those changes.  This online certificate program is designed to help those communicators remain current and competitive.

The certificate requires 15 semester hours (s.h.) of courses in the area of Technical and Professional Communication with a minimum B average in all certificate course work.  Only 3 s.h. of a grade of C will count toward this certificate.  Internship (ENGL 6740, 6741) and Directed Reading (ENGL 6725) courses cannot count toward the certificate.  No hours in another discipline can be counted.

  • ENGL 6700:  Technical Editing and Production
  • ENGL 6702:  Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 6715:  Technical Writing
  • ENGL 6721:  Copyediting in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7702:  Research Design in Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7705:  Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7710:  Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7712:  Grant and Proposal Writing
  • ENGL 7716:  Classics in Scientific and Technical Literature
  • ENGL 7721:  Managing Editing and Publication Processes
  • ENGL 7730:  Issues in Technical Communication
  • ENGL 7745:  Teaching Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7746:  Training in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7750:  Writing Public Science
  • ENGL 7765:  Technical and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7766:  Special Studies Seminars in Communication and Emerging Technologies
  • ENGL 7780:  Theory of Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7785:  History of Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7790:  Public Interest Writing

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies or Dr. Brent Henze (tpc@ecu.edu).

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The graduate certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures offers continuing education for post baccalaureate teachers, professionals, and potential graduate degree students in literatures from diverse ethnic and cultural groups that may have been excluded from mainstream literary studies. Course work is interdisciplinary, with emphases on genre, historical context, and critical methodologies, with a focus on ethnic American and world literatures written in English.

This certificate is offered only online. Completion requires 12 semester hours (s.h.) of courses, including ENGL 6340 and 6360 (required), and 6 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6330, 6350, 6370, 6380, 6420, 6450, 6460, 7350, and 7365. Other special topics graduate courses in related areas may be approved on an individual basis.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies or Dr. Rick Taylor (taylorr@ecu.edu).

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The TESOL Certificate is designed for qualified candidates who wish to further their education in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The certificate helps prepare professionals planning to teach English language learners (ELLs) in public/private sectors in the US or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in such contexts overseas.

This certificate is available as a distance education (online) program. Applicants seeking admission to this program must hold a BA, BS or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas. Nonnative speakers of English are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher. Students interested in pursuing the certificate can enroll as nondegree seeking students or pursue the certificate concurrently while enrolled in an ECU graduate program. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate requires 9 s. h. of graduate-level course work, including ENGL 6528 and 6531 (required), and 3 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6009, 6525, 6526, 6527, 6529, 6530, 6535, 6605, and 7680.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies or Dr. Michael Aceto (acetom@ecu.edu).

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The graduate certificate in TETYC is designed for qualified candidates who wish to further their education in the field of teaching English at the community or two-year college. This certificate is offered for both campus and online students.

Applicants seeking admission to this program must hold a BA, BS, or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas. Nonnative speakers of English will be required to submit a qualifying score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) unless they have a degree from an accredited college or university in the US. Students interested in pursuing the certificate can enroll as non-degree seeking students or pursue the certificate concurrently while enrolled in an ECU graduate program. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.

The certificate requires 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work, including ENGL 7960 and 7975 (required), and 6 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6528, 6625, 7630, 7666, 7745, and 7950. Other courses may be substituted with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies or Dr. Will Banks (banksw@ecu.edu).

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**All graduate certificates are offered via Distance Education

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.
 
East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.
 
East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and programs through nationwide compliance by: participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.
 
On November 14, 2016, East Carolina University was approved by to participate in NC-SARA which is a voluntary, regional/national approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that participate in SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of or participate in SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by SARA and administered by the four nationally recognized regional higher education compacts.