Students should remain in close contact with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will assign an advisor to aid them in setting educational goals.
Graduate students are encouraged to engage in professional activities, especially including professional conferences, alongside faculty. The graduate program is usually able to offer limited funding assistance for conference travel.
Most graduate students engage in some type of teaching activity during their program at ECU, meaning graduate students are well prepared for teaching jobs. In addition, many graduate students are offered the opportunity to do other sorts of professional work such as editing disciplinary journals or working on communications for the department. To prepare students who plan to go on the academic job market, the department hosts a formal Jobs Group as well as informal mentoring and advising.