On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) at East Carolina University. We are excited about your interest in our programs and our campus.
MSITE’s mission is to offer high-quality on- and off-campus undergraduate and graduate programs that develop well-educated teachers and professionals; provide a variety of professional development and outreach programs – for teachers and students – in support of the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and instructional technology; and, to apply new and existing knowledge in STEM education while serving and advocating for the teaching and learning needs of the region, state, and nation. To this end, we offer two bachelor degrees (with many of our graduates earning dual degrees in mathematics or one of the sciences), six master's degrees, four graduate IT certificate programs, and elementary education concentrations in both mathematics and science. We also are home to the ECU Center for STEM Education.
The undergraduate programs feature innovative curricula that integrate content and pedagogy and are designed to prepare you for a career in education—as a classroom teacher, content specialist, or a host of other opportunities in STEM education. We also have students continue their academic studies beyond the bachelor’s degree, and provide appropriate coursework and support for those endeavors.
MSITE’s graduate programs include options in mathematics education, science education, and instructional technology. Degrees include the MAEd in all three areas, the MA or MAT in science education, and the MS in instructional technology. The MAEd and MAT are designed for those who wish to become teacher-leaders, while the MA supports teaching careers at the community college level and the MS is primarily for instructional technologists outside of school systems.
Our classes are relatively small, the largest being introductory-level service courses that have maximum enrollments of 36. This helps promote great interaction between students and faculty and helps develop a sense of community. We further promote community through our NCCTM and NSTA student chapters, periodic student receptions and other informal events, and opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty and within the department office.
We have a strong and diverse faculty. They are dedicated to teaching and promoting excellence through activities such as collaborative research with students. A variety of seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conferences are organized by faculty every year. We offer a wide range of courses but are small enough for graduate and undergraduate students to receive individual attention from faculty.
Our department also provides a variety of options for financial support to students, including the Noyce Scholarship Program, awarded to ECU by the National Science Foundation. This program supports individuals with degrees in STEM disciplines who would like to pursue teaching careers. We also have graduate assistantship opportunities and many scholarships available to our students, and would be happy to assist you in finding the option that is right for you
Please take the time to visit the various links contained on our website. If you have questions or need additional information, I look forward to the opportunity to personally respond to your inquiries, either by email or phone. Until then…Go Pirates!!
Susan L. Ganter
Professor and Chair