The History of the College of Education



1907 East Carolina Teachers Training School chartered 
1909 First students enroll for classes 
1911 First class graduates 
1921 ECTTS renamed East Carolina Teachers College and begins four-year programs 
1922 First bachelor degrees awarded by ECTC 
1932 First Founders Day Celebration 
1951 ECTC receives college status, renamed East Carolina College 
1953 School of Education organized 
1967 ECC receives university status, renamed East Carolina University 
1972 ECU joins the University of North Carolina System 
2003 School of Education formally renamed College of Education



"Just as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; just so sure the teachers of our children hold the destiny of our state in their hands. They are the guardians of our liberty, the protectors of our nation, the promoters of our civilization."

-Robert H. Wright
First President of East Carolina