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Welcome to the COE Graduate School

We are proud to offer a variety of degree and certificate programs to meet the needs of those interested in futhering their career in education. We have several Master of Arts in Education degree programs that allow those who have already earned a NC Teacher's License to further their education and skills.

We also have several Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs that allow those who have earned a Bachelor's degree and are now interested in pursuing a NC Teacher's License the opportunity to both earn their Master of Arts degree while also gaining the qualifications for their license.

Those interested in pursuing administration, we offer the Master of School Administration, the Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision, and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

While pursuing a full degree, we recommend considering the addition of a certificate to help further credentials. Most of the time, a certificate  will only add one to two classes on to a full degree program.

We know that deciding where to earn your advanced degree is a big decision. To help you with that, we have created a page with resources just for Future COE Graduate Students. Below you will also find the details on some of the many programs we have to offer. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

For those of you who have already decided to become Pirates, we have set up a page with resources specific for Current COE Graduate Students, which helps serve as a roadmap as you become a part of the Pirate Community.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial K-6 elementary teaching license. 

MAEd-ELEM students participate in advanced study of both content and pedagogical issues.  As emerging leaders in their schools and districts, students work closely with education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the elementary education field.

The Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial middle grades teaching license. 

MAEd-MIDG students explore middle grades curriculum development in public school settings, advanced instructional and assessment strategies, and issues/trends specific to middle grades education.

Master of Arts in Education - Reading Education students earn a K-12 reading specialist license as they explore current reading research, assessment/diagnosis of reading difficulties, management/oversight of reading/literacy programs, and develop action research projects related to an area of personal interest. Nine hours of study are selected by MAEd-READ students from a variety of reading/literacy related areas including library science, gifted education, digital literacy/technology integration, and teaching English as a second language.

The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial Special Education teaching license. MAEd-SPED students

For more information about the MAEd-SPED program, visit these links to the ECU Graduate School:

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a North Carolina license to teach. The MAT is offered in:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Science Education
  • Special Education - General Curriculum (MAT Course Sequence III)
  • Vocational Education (Business Education, Marketing Education)

The Department of Elementary and Middle Grades offers two dynamic add-on licensure programs to help to enhance your skills. 

  • AIG Add-On Licensure - Comprised of a four course sequence which leads directly to an Add-on NC AIG License. The courses can also be used toward a Master of Arts in Education Degree.
  • TESL Partnership Program - East Carolina University is pleased to offer admission to a one-year (12 month) Partnership Licensure Program for teachers in North Carolina. The TEACHING ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE (TESL) courses are offered by the College of Education to prepare professional educators for success in contemporary classrooms.
The Master of Arts in Education - Career and Technical Education program is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking to improve their skills and upgrade their qualifications for licensure for advanced competencies in business and marketing education.

The Master of Arts in Education - English Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial secondary English teaching license. MAEd-ENED students explore English content knowledge, current and emerging educational issues, and pedagogical concepts and practices that affect life within the secondary English classroom.

The Master of Arts in Education - History Education program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial secondary or middle grades history/social studies teaching license. MAEd-HIED students explore history content and pedagogical issues and considerations as soon to be leaders in their schools and districts. Students work closely with both history and education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the history/social studies education field.

The Masters of Arts in Education - Mathematics Education is a practitioner-oriented program designed to sharpen instructional expertise, develop skill in research, deeper mathematics knowledge, and promote leadership in mathematics education.

Master of Arts in Education - Reading Education students earn a K-12 reading specialist license as they explore current reading research, assessment/diagnosis of reading difficulties, management/oversight of reading/literacy programs, and develop action research projects related to an area of personal interest. Nine hours of study are selected by MAEd-READ students from a variety of reading/literacy related areas including library science, gifted education, digital literacy/technology integration, and teaching English as a second language.

The Master of Arts in Education - Science Education program is designed for classroom teachers of science with a teaching certificate and three or more years of teaching experience, who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills as a classroom science teacher. The goal of the program is to develop science instructors with advanced, graduate level academic training in the sciences and science education.

The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial Special Education teaching license. MAEd-SPED students

For more information about the MAEd-SPED program, visit these links to the ECU Graduate School:

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a North Carolina license to teach. The MAT is offered in:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Science Education
  • Special Education - General Curriculum (MAT Course Sequence III)
  • Vocational Education (Business Education, Marketing Education)
  • Assistive Technology- This graduate certificate program is for teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, physical therapists, engineers or any professional that may use knowledge or skills to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  • Autism -The ECU Graduate Certificate in Autism offers professionals the opportunity to learn more about this complex issue and how to effectively and collaboratively serve students with Autism in the public school setting.
  • Computer-based Instruction
  • Distance Learning and Administration
  • Special Endorsement in Computer Education
  • Performance Improvement
The Doctor in Education (EdD) degree in educational leadership is designed to prepare administrators for senior level leadership positions in public schools or in higher education. This advanced level of preparation fosters the development of skills and abilities for individuals to resolve educational issues and problems.
The College of Education at East Carolina University offers an EdD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in higher education administration. It is designed to prepare individuals to assume positions as educational leaders in higher education. Admission to the program (degree code 360) is based on the assumption that candidates will be able to complete the requirements of the program and become successful educational leaders.

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