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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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Making the Most of Campus Time with our Distance Education SECU Partnership East Students
In December, the College of Education welcomed the return of the SECU Partnership East Virtual Full-time Elementary 5 cohort for their second visit to campus following their Orientation in May. These full time distance education students spent the morning with their advisor prior to their Upper Division Interview with faculty. The remainder of the day was devoted to resources and recreation at ECU’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) located on the second floor of Joyner Library. While at the TRC, the students explored the variety of Continue reading →

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College of Education online graduate education programs highest ranked in North Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/10/2017) – East Carolina University’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. ECU’s online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing as well as the online bachelor’s degrees are listed in U.S. News 2017 Best Online Programs announced Jan. 10. ECU’s online criminal justice graduate program placed the highest in North Carolina and tied for 15 out of 55 schools ranked. Dr. William Bloss, professor and chair of the Continue reading →

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Mandatory Intern II Seminar Moved to Jan. 13th due to Impending Weather
Due to projected inclement weather for this weekend, the Mandatory Seminar for Intern II’s has been changed from Monday, January 9th to Friday, January 13th. An updated Spring Internship II Calendar has been posted at www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oce/interns.cfm

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Why Should You Get Your Master’s Degree in Education?
Update: Interest in the MAEd program has been quite strong! We now anticipate forming two cohorts starting in Summer 2017.  For more information, contact Dr. Carol Greene at greeneh@ecu.edu or 252-328-5316. In recent years in NC, it has been harder than ever to feel appreciated as teachers. With little to no pay raises for many of the last ten years, and with the pay raise for having a master’s degree removed by our state legislature, many teachers have forgone doing advanced study or earning a Continue reading →

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FaceTime to Fairbanks
Lights dim over 100 students from Meadow Lane Elementary School who sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the image to appear on the SMART Board.  Learning through distance education techniques was familiar to Chelsea Sasser who began working on her teaching degree at Wayne Community College and transferred to East Carolina University’s SECU Partnership East online model.  Much like Partnership East’s goal to educate prospective teachers from a distance, Ms. Sasser utilized the power of technology to engage her elementary students 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