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.
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.
There are checklists for each program area(elementary,middle and special education) which list the courses you need to complete at the community college. Most of the courses are considered general education or foundation courses. Checklists are located on the PE Website.
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.
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.
PE students are required to have a technology back-up plan to ensure access to the Internet and computers in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as electrical outages due to adverse weather, computer malfunctions and Internet outages.
PE Coordinators are available to meet with students, review college transcripts to help students prepare a plan of study, and discuss options offered by SECU Partnership East. Click here to find the SECU Partnership East Coordinator serving your area.