Welcome to Science Education at East Carolina University

Teaching. Research. Community.

Teaching: We have a science education Bachelors or Masters program or concentration that fits who you are.

  • Are you an undergraduate interested in becoming a K-14 science teacher?
  • Are you a community college student who wants a Bachelors degree in science education?
  • Are you a current teacher interested in advancing your teaching practice in an online program?
  • Are you interested in changing careers from a STEM field to the classroom?

Browse our degree programs to find the right one to make you a science educator for tomorrow.

Research: Our faculty and students present together at the North Carolina Science Teachers Conference. Faculty also present internationally at the Annual NARST conference, a gathering of the top science education researchers worldwide, and at the annual ASTE meeting, in which science teacher educators share key research pertaining to the preparation and professional development of science teachers. The faculty’s many research interests include:

  • curriculum design with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • equitable and meaningful science learning experiences
  • scientific representations
  • classroom assessment
  • teacher performance assessment

Partner with us to improve science education in eastern North Carolina and across the globe.

Community: Our involvement with the community sets us apart. Among our many community activities are:

  • A STEM center offers a STEM Day, AP training, and a lending library of science classroom materials
  • A faculty run a Summer Science Camp and offer professional development to practicing teachers
  • The placement of practicum students are placed in community schools through the Latham Clinical Schools network

Come join our community and make use of our resources!

ESC Students and Alumni Recruiting NCSTA

East Carolina University Provides Strong Leadership in Science Education

The North Carolina Science Teachers’ Association (NCSTA) held its annual professional development conference November 12th & 13th 2015.  There were over a thousand science educators, teachers, university professors, and informal science representatives from across the state in attendance this year. East Carolina University alumni demonstrated their continuous impact on science education by receiving four awards […]


Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association

Dr. Sharon Schleigh sent us this note about the NSTA Conference. We had great fun with the NSTA attendees in Philadelphia this week. It was wonderful to meet with the many people who are excited about ECU and how many were alums or knew alums.  This was very exciting!


Dr. Rhea Miles, Co-Principal Investigator, Leads SEADAP Grant Program to Teach Students about the Science of Drug Addiction

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program aims to expose students from 6th through 12th grade to the real-world applications of the scientific method in order to teach them about drug addiction.  The SEADAP program, now in its second year, continues to implement hands-on curriculum educating students about the science of drug addiction […]


Perceptions of Science Teachers on State, National, and International Assessments

According to a new study by Dr. Rhea Miles and Dr. Tony Thompson published in the National Teacher Education Journal, reflections on standardized assessments are prompting science teachers to improve their teaching practices. Full details are available in the study. “I Had No Idea!” A Snapshot of Science Teacher Perceptions of Student Performance on State, […]


PIRATES Educators Work to Improve K-6 Science Education

On Saturday, October 10th fifteen College of Education alumni returned to East Carolina University to attend a workshop, “Systemic Science. It’s Elementary!” These teachers were among the first graduates of the newly developed Elementary Science Concentration at East Carolina University that focuses on the scientific content and knowledge needed for teaching science to K-6 students.  […]