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Undergraduate Questions

READ 3301 and READ 3302 are required for an elementary education undergraduate degree. If you are an elementary education major who chooses reading as your area of concentration, then, you will also complete READ 3000, 4534, 5316, and 5317.

READ 3301 and READ 3302 are required for a Special Education undergraduate degree. If you are on the SPED GC track, then, you will also complete READ 3000, 4534, 5316, and 5317.

A reading concentration includes 24 hours of study in the area of reading education. This study would be completed during a candidate's undergraduate coursework. A candidate who is interested in a reading concentration should inquire about details and procedures for completion with his/her undergraduate advisor.

The responsibilities for practicum activities vary depending on the course in which you are enrolled. Your individual course instructor will provide practicum specifics for each course. However, activities typically range from observing and assisting a classroom teacher to tutoring, teaching, and assessing small groups, individuals, or an entire class. The Office of Clinical Experiences is responsible for making all practicum placement assignments for the College of Education and can provide additional information.

Graduate Questions

A Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ) will allow you to be what the International Reading Association terms an "Excellent Reading Teacher," exhibiting qualities that will set you apart in terms of knowledge and practice related to reading and writing. You will gain specific knowledge related to reading and writing development, the assessment of students' needs and strengths, how to design an effective reading program, how to tailor instruction for and coach individual students, and the technical expertise associated with the diagnosis and remediation of reading difficulties. 

In addition, the MAEd-READ Program provides teachers with a substantial, current base of professional literacy knowledge that in many cases may lead them to assume positions as reading coaches in districts that fund such positions.

In order to begin the process of pursue a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), apply to the Graduate School at East Carolina University. All necessary forms are provided at

The Graduate Program Director for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction can provide you with information regarding the MAEd-READ Program. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty for further details.

Licensure Questions

You may earn an "A" License in Reading. This will require some additional coursework during your undergraduate program, or you may return to complete an "Add-on Licensure Program". Here is a link to more information on the "Add-on Licensure Program":

Additionally, earning a Master's degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), adds an "M" License in Reading to your teaching certificate.

There are two reading licensure options that a teacher with a clear teaching license may consider. One would be the "A" license, which is an add-on licensure to a current teaching license. This "A" license certifies a person to teach reading in grades K-12. The second reading licensure is an "M" license. This is a graduate level license and it requires the completion of a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ).

The following links provide printable brochures from the International Reading Association (IRA) that provide thorough descriptions of each of these roles.

To become a reading specialist, you must earn (at a minimum) an "A" License in Reading. This will require some additional coursework during your undergraduate program or you may return to complete an "Add-on Licensure Program". View related "add-on licensure information at

Additionally, you can earn a Master's Degree in Reading Education (MAEd-READ), which will allow you to earn a "M" License in Reading.

What is the possibility of getting financial aid or scholarships?

Financial aid and scholarships are both available to students. Please view the following to links to learn more:

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English and History Education Students Attend Retreat

On: 30 Nov 2015 19:35
Students and faculty from the English Education (ENED) and History Education (HIED) programs in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education participated in a senior I methods retreat November 20-21 at the Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge in Columbia, NC. More than two dozen undergraduate, licensure only, and Master of Arts in Teaching […]

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From the TRC: Reluctant Readers

On: 19 Nov 2015 19:12
It’s the third Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Today we’ll cover one of our newest bibliographies, Reluctant Readers. The TRC has created, and constantly updates, an extensive list […]

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – December 19, 2015

On: 03 Nov 2015 21:07
The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 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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2015 NC Teacher of the Year Keana Triplett

College of Education hosts the 2015 NC Teacher of the Year

On: 03 Nov 2015 17:33
On October 19, 2015, Ms. Keana Triplett, the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, visited East Carolina University. Over sixty students attended Ms.Triplett’s inspiring keynote address which was featured as a part of the Teacher Toolbox Workshop series, offered by the College of Education. A North Carolina Teaching Fellows graduate, Triplett […]

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Teach for Changency is an Educational Community to Promote Change

On: 22 Oct 2015 17:32
Dr. Anne Ticknor (Assistant Professor in Reading Education) and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith […]

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