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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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New master’s program is designed for practicing teachers
East Carolina University’s College of Education is offering practicing teachers a way to earn their master’s degree in just over a year. The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education is seeking 20 outstanding teachers to begin courses this summer focusing on teacher leadership. Applicants must hold an elementary teaching license to apply. Applications are due April 15. All courses are online for the six-semester schedule beginning Summer First Session and ending in Summer Second Session 2018. The intent is that students can complete the Continue reading →

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Pursue your passion for teaching!
The College of Education began more than 100 years ago, when East Carolina University was founded as the East Carolina Teachers Training School, and its proud history continues to this day. Whatever path you’re on, ECU has the resources and experience to help you become an outstanding educator. We encourage you to view and share the video below with all those who aspire to be Pirate Educators! Youtube link with CC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0F-E7nCTA      

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College of Education Inducts 12 into Educators Hall of Fame
GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/30/17) – The College of Education at East Carolina University held its 18th Annual Educators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Fletcher Recital Hall in Fletcher Music Center.   Twelve educators and education advocates from across the state were recognized during an event raised over $20,000 for student scholarships. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in Speight Building so inductees and guests would have the opportunity to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall. Each inductee was Continue reading →

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Latham Clinical Schools Network Benefits Students
The 20th anniversary of the Latham Clinical Schools Network Started with nine school system partners in 1996-97, when state teacher education programs were restructured from a 10-week student teaching requirement to a yearlong senior year experience In 2017: 43 school systems On average, 480 ECU student teachers are placed in schools each year< About 9,600 students have participated since the network began 20 years ago Named for career educators and ECU alumni (the late) Walter and Daisy Carson Latham of Bethel

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Join Profiles in Diversity Panel Jan. 31 from 4-5:30
The College of Education Diversity Committee invites you to the first annual Profiles in Diversity Panel on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 4-5:50 pm in Speight 203. In a conversational format, the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 COE Profiles in Diversity Honorees will share their work and insights on cultural diversity and equity. There will be extensive time for questions and discussion. The Panel is a chance for the college community to engage in critical dialogue on diversity and gain new insights on how realize equity in 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