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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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COE Adult Education Program partners with School of Dental Medicine

The COE Adult Education Program has partnered with the School of Dental Medicine on a program to provide adult education courses to School of Dental Medicine faculty.  SODM Faculty in this photo completed three graduate-level courses in adult education over the past year, and each earned a graduate credential in Education in the Healthcare Professions.  All […]

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Chambers Awarded Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor

College of Education’s Dr. Crystal Chambers in the Department of Educational Leadership was selected as this year’s winners of the 4th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. These two awardees were recognized during Research and Creative Activities Week. Students and faculty colleagues nominated many outstanding individuals. A selection committee of faculty and students reviewed […]

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Class of 2016 ECU 40 under 40 – 3 named in College of Education

Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Levy Brown and Shawn Moore, were recently named as members of the Class of 2016 ECU 40 Under 40. Dotson-Blake is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Counselor Education Program Coordinator.  She received her BS in Health and Human Performance from East Carolina University in 2000 and her Masters […]

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech […]

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ECU hosts design thinking sessions for education professionals

The College of Education hosted two design thinking workshops. Local K–12 educators, high school students and ECU faculty attended a workshop to confront important challenges in higher education and design innovative solutions on Monday, March 21. The next day, local K–12 educators were taken through the full cycle of design thinking in a short timeframe. […]

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