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The Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education offers undergraduate degrees with teaching licensure in elementary education and four content areas in middle grades education.  The department also offers graduate degrees in elementary education and middle grades education. The programs are committed to the preparation of teachers who are knowledgeable, reflective, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population.

Inherent in our mission is the preparation of excellent teachers for the children and young adolescents of North Carolina. Our administration and faculty seek to exceed excellence in preparation of our teachers, not just for pride, but because the education of the children and the young adolescents of North Carolina and the future of our state and nation depend on our work. To achieve our mission, one current project is our involvement as a state leader in the National Teacher Performance Assessment project in partnership with Stanford University.

Dr. Mark L’Esperance

Interim Department Chair
Speight Building

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Hi ECU Candidates,

Review Fernando's announcement below, then visit the Foundations of Reading site ( for more resources to help prepare for these required tests for licensure.


“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On: 06 Oct 2016 16:00
On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

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Amanda Blakely named first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year

On: 06 Oct 2016 12:46
Amanda Blakely, 2016 ECU Graduate in Birth-Kindergarten, was named the first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year by North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE) at their Fall forum on September 21 in Raleigh, NC. The NC-ACTE is the organization that unites teacher educators in both public and private colleges and universities, staff and faculty in state created initiatives and consortia, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, according to their website. Each member institution in good standing may nominate one candidate for Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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Co-Planning and Co-Teaching: Coast to coast

On: 15 Sep 2016 13:24
Dr. Charity Cayton and Dr. Maureen Grady spent much of their summer co-planning and co-teaching from the East Coast to the West Coast. They began in Atlanta, GA in June, where they presented six co-planning strategies at the Annual Conference for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership ( These strategies were developed at East Carolina University in conjunction with two other Mathematics Education colleagues, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sinicrope. In July, their travels then took them to the University of South Florida in Tampa Continue reading →

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2016 Degree Ranking –

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

On: 01 Sep 2016 15:14
East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

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