Hello. My name is Dr. Linda Patriarca. I'm the Dean of the College of Education here at East Carolina University. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to this website. Since its beginnings as a regional teacher training school, East Carolina University has become a leading institution for the preparation of classroom teachers and other education professionals. If you are a prospective student, with an interest in teaching and lifelong learning, you will find information here about the wide variety of degree and certificate programs available at our College. In addition to teacher preparation, we offer programs in school counseling, adult education, educational leadership and instructional technology. Our graduates work in public and private schools; in community colleges and universities; as well as military, government and private industry.
We are proud of the numerous and various teaching, service and research activities that take place here at the College of Education. Our faculty have received accolades and honors too numerous to mention here. Last year, Project Heart provided nearly 70,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring to underserved elementary, middle and high school students in our region. Another innovative program called the Wachovia Partnership East program involves an ECU partnership with several community colleges to offer prospective teachers in rural communities the opportunity to complete a teaching degree without travelling far from home. Our online course offerings and programs bring the College of Education to the student, wherever he or she may be. And in this regard, we are the leader in North Carolina.
I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about the people, the programs, the activities and services that make up our academic community and make us an excellent College of Education. I think you will soon see why ECU is the institution of choice for education professionals. I also encourage you to come visit us on campus here in Greenville, North Carolina. I look forward to seeing you soon.