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The Department of Elementary Education 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.

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.

Our Vision

To meet the changing needs of a global society by providing learners with quality educational programs taught by experienced and knowledgeable faculty.


Our Mission

To prepare 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.

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The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education strives to create a "culture of engagement" for students, faculty, and public school stakeholders. Our innovated programs are designed to create significant educators at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

ECU Elementary Education was ranked 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the US of over 780 colleges.

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Glenesha Berryman
New study looks at the impact of same-race teachers
NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new study focusing on North Carolina students says black educators can help black students in the classroom. Morticia Walston teaches second grade at Trent Road elementary school in New Bern. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” said Walston, quoting the book of Proverbs. “If they don’t see someone that looks like them, then they have no place to go.” She said being in front of this classroom is where she is meant to be. “I just always Continue reading →

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‘WHAT YOU WEAR’ Researchers study the impact of young students wearing lab coats
An East Carolina University researcher is looking into how elementary school students view themselves as scientists and engineers when wearing lab coats. Dr. Tammy Lee, assistant professor of science education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education in the ECU College of Education, has teamed up with colleagues at N.C. State University and The College of New Jersey for the study. This spring, 300 fifth-graders and five teachers in four schools in Pitt County have participated. “We know that there is some Continue reading →

Sarah Bonin
Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award
Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

Lara Brickhouse
Group names ECU graduate national teacher of the year in adapted physical education
Lara Brickhouse ’05,’13 has been named the 2017 national teacher of the year in adapted physical education by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Brickhouse teaches in the Durham Public Schools in nine schools: Little River School, E.K. Powe, Hope Valley, Bethesda and Eno Valley elementary schools; Lucas and Lowe’s Grove middle schools; and Northern and Riverside high schools. She earned her bachelor’s in physical education in 2005 and her master’s in physical education in 2013. Brickhouse was featured recently on an Continue reading →

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College of Education Learning Colloquium – Monday March 27
Make plans to join your COE colleagues  for our COE Learning Colloquium on Monday afternoon, March 27th, 12:30 – 2:30pm! There will be presentations on a variety of topics – most offered in repeated concurrent workshops.  The COE Learning Colloquium offers something for everyone – staff, faculty, students – please make plans to be there! Schedule 12:30 – 1:15pm  Concurrent Forums I 1:15 – 1:45pm    Welcome by Dean Hayes, Dialogue, & Refreshments in Speight 203 1:45 – 2:30pm   Concurrent Forums II Concurrent Forums I Batten Rm – Continue reading →

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For more information about our programs, please contact:

College of Education Academic Success Center
252-328-0067

or

Ms. Delaney Swift
Administrative Support Associate
231 Speight Building
252-328-6833
swiftde@ecu.edu