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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

COE ECU Excels

College of Education Students Honored for Academic Excellence

On: 26 Feb 2015 18:48
On February 20, 2015, fifty-two East Carolina University freshmen and full time transfer students with an intended Teacher Education major were honored during the College of Education ECU EXCELS event. This event was a part of the annual ECU EXCELS program that recognizes students who are first time, full-time freshman or transfer students who earned […]

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From the TRC: TeachingBooks.net

On: 26 Feb 2015 14:51
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s TeachingBooks.net. Short of inviting an author to speak on campus it can be difficult for children and young adults to feel […]

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From the TRC: Award Winning Author, Duncun Tonatiuh

On: 19 Feb 2015 18:56
It’s Thursday, and another edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s a reminder that award winning author Duncan Tonatiuh will be visiting campus this Saturday, February 21st. This event is free and […]

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LEED Alumna and Current Principal has Article Published

On: 16 Feb 2015 19:14
2014 LEED Graduate Dr. Robin Hamilton had an article published on February 16, 2015 in ASCD Express entitled, “Transformative Kindergarten Transition Practices.” The article discusses the impact the transition into kindergarten can make on their future academic and social success. It also discusses different transition practices that are currently used. Dr. Hamilton is currently the […]

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From the TRC: Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Collection

On: 12 Feb 2015 17:14
It’s Thursday, and another edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s the Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Collection. Granted, it is Black History Month and that may be one reason why the Ronnie […]

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