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The History of the College of Education

first students arrive

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

Robert H Wright




"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



View pictures from East Carolina Teacher's College

View other pictures for the College of Education over the years in the Photo Album.