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East Carolina University offers a number of programs to help you further your education. If you currently hold a license in Secondary Education, consider the benefits of a Master of Arts in Education -English Education, -History Education, -Mathematics Education, or -Science Education. The Master of Arts in Education - Reading Education or Special Education will give you the opportunity to earn an advanced degree for K-12.

If you currently hold a Bachelor's degree, but not a license to teach in North Carolina, you'll want to consider a Master of Arts in Teaching, with which, you will earn an advanced degree and fulfill the requirements for a NC license to teach. At the Secondary level, ECU offers a MAT in English Education, History Education, and Science Education. 

Whichever type of degree you decide to pursue, a great way to add additional expertise to enhance your credentials is to pursue a specialty certificate along the way. ECU offers certificates in Assistive Technology, Autism, Computer-based Instruction, Distance Learning and Administration, Special Endorsement in Computer Education, and Performance Improvement. If you decide to pursue one of these certificates, please be aware that certificates, in themselves, do not lead to licensure.

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The Master of Arts in Education - Career and Technical Education program is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking to improve their skills and upgrade their qualifications for licensure for advanced competencies in business and marketing education.
The Masters of Arts in Education - Mathematics Education is a practitioner-oriented program designed to sharpen instructional expertise, develop skill in research, deeper mathematics knowledge, and promote leadership in mathematics education.

Master of Arts in Education - Reading Education students earn a K-12 reading specialist license as they explore current reading research, assessment/diagnosis of reading difficulties, management/oversight of reading/literacy programs, and develop action research projects related to an area of personal interest. Nine hours of study are selected by MAEd-READ students from a variety of reading/literacy related areas including library science, gifted education, digital literacy/technology integration, and teaching English as a second language.

The Master of Arts in Education - Science Education program is designed for classroom teachers of science with a teaching certificate and three or more years of teaching experience, who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills as a classroom science teacher. The goal of the program is to develop science instructors with advanced, graduate level academic training in the sciences and science education.

The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial Special Education teaching license. MAEd-SPED students

For more information about the MAEd-SPED program, visit these links to the ECU Graduate School:

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a North Carolina license to teach. The MAT is offered in:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Science Education
  • Special Education - General Curriculum (MAT Course Sequence III)
  • Vocational Education (Business Education, Marketing Education)
  • Assistive Technology- This graduate certificate program is for teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, physical therapists, engineers or any professional that may use knowledge or skills to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  • Autism -The ECU Graduate Certificate in Autism offers professionals the opportunity to learn more about this complex issue and how to effectively and collaboratively serve students with Autism in the public school setting.
  • Computer-based Instruction
  • Distance Learning and Administration
  • Special Endorsement in Computer Education
  • Performance Improvement
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Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Endow Education Scholarship

On: 13 Jan 2016 18:11
Dennis and Barbara Pelletier have been in eastern North Carolina for nine years, but they’ve been supporters of education their whole lives. Earlier this year, they decided to start an endowment for a scholarship in the College of Education at East Carolina University that will benefit local students who want to become teachers. The Pelletiers […]

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“Growing Our Own!” – Eastern North Carolina Community Colleges, School Systems and East Carolina University Collaborate to Fill Classrooms in the East

On: 22 Dec 2015 17:00
On December 2, 2015, sixty-six community college and school system leaders gathered with East Carolina University faculty at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville to focus on the collaborative efforts in preparing educators for the region through State Employees’ Credit Union Partnership East (SECU PE).   The partnership involves a network of 20 community college […]

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NC New Teacher Support Coaches Provide Professional Development

On: 08 Dec 2015 21:58
Michelle Casey and April Shackleford provided professional development to the staff of the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center in November. The two North Carolina New Teacher Support Program coaches created an interactive workshop on classroom management for elementary students. The center staff was quite pleased with the best practices presented. The Lucille M. Gorham […]

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From the TRC: Reluctant Readers

On: 19 Nov 2015 19:12
It’s the third Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Today we’ll cover one of our newest bibliographies, Reluctant Readers. The TRC has created, and constantly updates, an extensive list […]

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NC NTSP Coach Profile: Michelle Casey, ECU Region

On: 15 Nov 2015 17:34
Michelle Casey is an Instructional Coach with the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP), serving the East Carolina University (ECU) Region.  Michelle earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in special education from ECU, and considers it an honor to represent such an exemplary university through NC NTSP. Michelle has 24 years of […]

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