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Welcome to the College of Education at East Carolina University! This page is designed to be your reference guide as you prepare to enter one of the most exciting and important times of your life. Included is information that will get you better acquainted with the College of Education's graduate program including what it is like to visit our campus, our graduate programs, DE opportunities and support, as well as how to apply.

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ECU's graduate programs not only deliver quality preparation for teachers and specialists, but they are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education. Candidates who receive our graduate degrees can be recommended for advanced licensure in the State of North Carolina and other states who maintain reciprocity with NC.

Online options are available in certain program areas.

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nullThe College of Education consists of eight academic departments that offer twenty-two graduate degree programs, six programs for advanced certification, and the EdD program in educational leadership. Students interested in learning more about the individual program can visit the link below.

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nullDistance Education (DE) allows an individual to earn college credits, even entire degrees, from a conveniently located off-campus site. A variety of graduate certificate programs are also available. Courses offered online use Course Management Systems (CMS) to provide content and for communicating with students. Blackboard is a type of CMS that provides online discussion forums, links to outside websites, videos, podcasts, online testing, and a variety of multimedia resources.

The link below is a support tool for the College of Education's DE students. The site provides assessments to help potential students decide if distance education is a good fit. A list of programs offered online, as well as how to apply for a program, is available for potential students. The site also serves as a support site for new and current DE students.

Distance Education in the College of Education

The College of Education graduate certificate programs, ranging from 12 to 18 credit hours, are designed to allow students to take courses in an area of specialization, enhancing their academic experience and expertise.

Students may work toward a graduate certificate in addition to pursuing a master's degree; or students may enroll in stand-alone graduate certificate programs for the purpose of professional and personal development. All certificates require graduate school applications, even if already enrolled in a graduate program.

If students are already enrolled in master's degree programs, they must complete a Request for Approval to Add a Certificate form located on the graduate school webpage. An application fee is not required to add a certificate when enrolled in a degree program.

All certificate students, even those enrolled in master's degree programs, must fill out the Graduate Certificate Graduation Application or the certificate will not be awarded. This form is located on the Office of the Registrar's webpage under the Requested Forms tab.

College of Education Certificate Programs:

East Carolina University opened it's doors as East Carolina Teachers' Training School in 1909 and continues to graduate more licensed teachers than any teacher education institution in the state of North Carolina. Receiving a Master's degree in Education from ECU enables teachers or recent graduates to increase their professional expertise and add additional licensure/certificate areas to their initial teaching licenses. The following scenarios offer guidance about current teacher licensure status and the application process.

For more information, please visit the Become a Teacher page.

nullTo qualify for admissions to a graduate degree program, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body and show evidence of being able to succeed in graduate studies based on an evaluation of undergraduate grades and admission test scores. Admission criteria and required supplementary application materials vary by individual programs.

Applicants should allow about 30 minutes to complete the online application, located on the Graduate School website. In order to submit an application to the Graduate School, applicants must first create an account using a personalized login and password. This account will allow applicants to save applications and continue it at a later date, as well as work on multiple applications at the same time. Keep in mind - Online applications not submitted within four weeks of creation are deleted. It will be necessary to begin a new application.

The completed application packet must be received by the Graduate School by program-defined deadlines to insure that the application is given full consideration. Be sure to check program requirements closely as some programs only admit students once per year and not all programs have the same deadline for applications. Applications will be processed until such time the individual programs notify the Graduate School that they have reached their enrollment capacity for a given term. The Cut-Off Deadline is the last day an application and fee can be submitted for that term, please check for specific program deadlines.

A nonrefundable application fee of $70 is required for each application submitted. The online application accepts Visa or Mastercard and is the most efficient and effective means of payment. If applicants select the "Pay Later" during the application, they can pay by check, or go to ECU's online payment site to pay by credit card. The Graduate School will not review applications until the application fee is received.

More information can be found on the Graduate School website.

The Cashier's Office serves as the central collections office for East Carolina University. The office handles billing, receiving, depositing, disbursing, accounting and the financial record keeping of student tuition, fees and related charges. Students can find out more information on the Cashier's Office website.

Financial Aid and scholarship information can be found by clicking the links located below.

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nullThe Career Center provides many programs and services, for current students and alumni, which will help them plan for a career or find an internship or job. For more information, visit the Career Center's website.

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For More Information Contact:

Graduate Director:
Dr. Terry Atkinson
Speight 224
252-328-2889

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

On: 26 Nov 2014 15:32
‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts. Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, […]

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COE Graduate Students Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussions

On: 31 Oct 2014 13:50
The COE Research Committee invites graduate students conducting research to share their work in a roundtable discussion Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 PM. All presentations will be held in the Speight Building, and you may present face-to-face or virtually. Submit your research information using the Roundtable Application. Graduate students must be current students in […]

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CAEP Prep: What is the LCSN?

On: 23 Oct 2014 12:00
The Latham Clinical Schools Network (LCSN) is a network of 38 public school systems located throughout eastern North Carolina, who collaborate with the EPP at ECU in order to form a school partnership among teacher candidates and faculty.  LCSN provides quality field placements for pre-service teachers with trained clinical teachers in diverse public school settings. […]

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LEED Students, Alumni featured at NC Community College System Conference

On: 16 Oct 2014 15:45
Doctoral students and alumni of the EdD program in educational leadership, higher education concentration were featured throughout the North Carolina Community College System Conference, October 12th-14th. Presentations included the following: Beyond Silos: Working Together to Develop a Comprehensive Student Success Agenda, Levy Brown (with Kelley Evans, John Gray, Robert Rogan, & Sharon Thompson), The Use […]

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Megan Potter, ’11 MAEd READ graduate, was named the Beaufort County Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015

On: 14 Oct 2014 12:34
Mrs. Meredith Megan Potter Ormond, who teaches English at the Beaufort County Early College High School, was named Beaufort County’s Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 during the annual banquet on Sept. 16. Megan taught at Greene Central High School for nine years and currently teaches English at the Beaufort County Early College High School. When […]

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – Dec. 20, 2014

On: 05 Oct 2014 15:40
The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education […]

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COE Instructional Technology Student Named AAC Player of the Week

On: 26 Sep 2014 14:29
Shane Carden, a MS Instructional Technology student, was named the AAC player of the week for his performance on the football field this week. According to the news release from ECU, Carden completed 30 of 48 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns while adding a pair of ground scores, which accounted for six of […]

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College of Education Recognizes Academic Excellence with Scholarships

On: 16 Sep 2014 13:32
The College of Education presented approximately $406,800 in scholarship awards to 73 East Carolina University students for the 2014-2015 school year. Recipients were honored at the College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony that was held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC. The scholarships and awards ranged […]

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Diversity in Education Event 10/15/14

On: 15 Sep 2014 18:26
You are cordially invited to attend a Dynamic Dialogue about Diversity event, “Diversity in Education”  sponsored by the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach in the College of Education, the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. This event will feature a roundtable discussion between the NC Teacher of the […]

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CAEP Prep: ECU Conceptual Framework

On: 11 Sep 2014 16:58
The East Carolina University Conceptual Framework is a guiding document for the programs within the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) unit at the institution. It applies to all programs which prepare candidate to work in PK-12 school settings and all faculty who contribute to those programs. The current ECU Conceptual Framework was approved by the Council for Teacher […]

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