The East Carolina University College of Education, with the
support of the SECU Foundation, has established SECU Partnership East. Through collaboration and innovation, the partnership focuses on preparing teachers who will help meet the demand for well-trained professionals in the classrooms of North Carolina and beyond. SECU Partnership East provides degree completion programs in elementary education and special education. Participants must complete a portion of their studies at a North Carolina community college prior to enrolling in SECU Partnership East.
SECU Partnership East is a collaborative effort between East Carolina University and NC Community Colleges. Students begin at any NC Community College and transfer to ECU to complete the remainder of their teaching degree through online instruction. Students are placed in public school classrooms in or near their home communities throughout the model. A full-time internship in a public school classroom is required in the senior year for all students.
Face to face meetings are recommended when possible. PE Coordinators visit many local community colleges on a regular basis to advise current and potential students. Check with the coordinator for your area to schedule a time that is convenient.
Students can also visit the PE Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ECUPartnershipEast to view dates that PE coordinators will be visiting community colleges in their region. Likewise, students may be able to find information on upcoming PE coordinator advising dates at their community colleges through e-mailed announcements or flyers sent by community college advisors to student e-mail.
Virtual students may be advised by phone, Skype, or face to face with a coordinator.
PE courses are offered through a 100% online delivery model. Students access courses through East Carolina University's Blackboard site.
In addition, all students will be required to attend a mandatory PE orientation and may be required to attend face to face meetings twice a year on campus. During the senior year, all students will be required to come to the ECU campus to attend three (one day each) mandatory senior seminars.
All students are required to participate in one advising session per semester (fall/spring). Advising sessions can be held face-to-face, via the web, or by phone.
All students are required to complete field experiences each term during the day in local public schools. Hours vary each semester but may range from 20 to 40 hours during a 15 week semester. The internship requires one full-day each week in the Intern I semester. Intern II is a full-time internship requiring interns to report and remain for the entire teacher workday every day of the semester.
PE Part-time models are designed for working adults. However, students must be able to complete the required practicum hours (field experiences in public schools) and the internship during the regular public school day.
In both the full-time and part-time models, the Intern I Semester requires the interns to attend one full day each week in the assigned public school. The final semester or Intern II semester is a full-time commitment. Interns report to the school setting each day of the semester prior to the arrival of the students and remain at school until after all school planning, activities, and meetings are completed.
Students should not work during the full-time internship semester. The Intern II internship is the capstone experience for all teacher education programs. As such, the internship requires a significant time commitment such that working during this semester would hinder a student's ability to be successful in the internship. The full-time elementary model is not appropriate for those who work.
In lieu of Praxis Core, students may submit a composite score on ACT of 24 or SAT of 1100 (counting only the verbal and math portions).
An SAT score of 550 on math or ACT score of 24 on math will meet the Praxis Core requirement for math and/or an SAT score of 550 on verbal or an ACT score of 24 on verbal will meet the Praxis Core score for reading and writing. You may use passing scores from different tests. (Ex. SAT Reading 550 and Praxis Core Math 150).
SECU Partnership East is organized in regional partnerships or consortia made up of the public schools and community colleges in several counties. Each consortium has a central location at a community college where students meet to attend the face to face ECU classes in the evenings. A map showing the areas (consortia) is located on the website below.
In addition to Financial Aid, the State Employees Credit Union Foundation may provide scholarships for PE seniors. Scholarships are subject to annual funding. Consult with a coordinator for more details.