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Elementary/Middle Grades Graduate Programs

East Carolina University offers a number of programs to help you further your education. If you currently hold a license in Elementary or Middle Grades Education, consider the benefits of a Master of Art in Education -Elementary Education or Master of Art in Education -Middle Grades Education

The Master of Art in Education -Reading Education or -Special Education will give you the opportunity to earn an advanced degree for K-12.

If you currently hold a Bachelor's degree, but not a license to teach in North Carolina, you'll want to consider a Master of Arts in Teaching, with which, you will earn an advanced degree and fulfill the requirements for a NC license to teach.

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.

 Apply Today

For More Information Contact:

Graduate Director:
Dr. Terry Atkinson
Speight 224
252-328-2889

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The Gift of Giving: MATE Faculty Host Math Marketplace for Their Interns

On: 19 Dec 2014 15:19
Mathematics Education faculty presented their second annual Mathematics Education Market Place for BS Mathematics Education senior I interns. The Market Place provides an avenue for faculty to send the senior I interns off to their full-time, senior II internship with resources for teaching. This year’s event featured 20 bundles of resources, one for each student. […]

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Nancy Darden Child Development Center

On: 17 Dec 2014 13:00
The mission of the Nancy Darden Child Development Center in the Department of Child Development in the College of Human College is: 1) to serve as a model training facility for students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education (BK), Child Life, and Family Community Services; 2) to provide early education and high quality care […]

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Lucretia Smith – Ready to Start her Career as an Elementary School Teacher

On: 12 Dec 2014 21:29
As a child, Lucretia Smith’s favorite game was playing school with her two sisters, and she was always the teacher. “Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Smith, whose grandmother predicted her future career path. “I love kids. If there’s a child in need, I am there to the rescue.” She’s been preparing […]

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

On: 26 Nov 2014 15:32
‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts. Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, […]

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Abby Colley – A Pirate Who Does Us Proud

On: 25 Nov 2014 03:10
On November 6, 2014  at the NCSTA conference in Winston-Salem Abby Colley received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  Abby is a well-deserving graduate from the Elementary Science Concentration and is currently teaching 4th grade at Ayden Elementary in Pitt County. When she was a student at ECU her clinical teacher stated,  “She excelled in the classroom with […]

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