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!


Dr. Sharon Schleigh’s book recognized on the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List

Dr. Sharon Schleigh, Science Education faculty in the MSITE program, has received recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The book she co-authored with Victor Sampson, Scientific Argumentation in  Biology: 30 Classroom Activities, was recognized as an outstanding science book in the category of life science, and listed in the AAAS 2014 Best Science […]


Congratulations, Dr. Tammy Lee!

Ms. Tammy Lee, beloved Science Education instructor, has just completed all of the necessary requirements to earn her PhD in Science Education from NC State University. Her dissertation entitled, “Science Teachers’ Representational Competency and Systems Thinking,” is complete and has been accepted by her committee. It is now most appropriate to congratulate Tammy Lee and […]

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NASA Scientist Meets with Science Students

On Thursday, November 13, Descriptive Astronomy students had the pleasure of meeting with local scientist, Ryan Danell. Although, as this Greenville resident says, he is not a “rocket scientist,” he does work for NASA. Ryan shared his background as a chemist and his work on a spectrometer that will be used on a Mars rover […]


SEADAP Begins with Outreach to Local Teachers

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) Program recently invited educators  and administrators from Pitt and Martin county public schools to participate in four professional development sessions. The participants were provided information to implement lessons based on the research of Dr. Scott Rawls from Temple university related to drug addiction and withdrawal on planaria. […]


Science Education Recruiting with Style

At the North Carolina Professional Development Institute this weekend in Winston-Salem, Science Education faculty set up a stylish booth where they could disseminate information about our degrees and certificate programs.  Brochures, candy and a slideshow showcasing the programs were an effective means of advertising the great work in Science Education at ECU.  It also helped […]