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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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College of Education Faculty share Research at National CAEP Convention

On: 05 Oct 2015 15:12
GREENVILLE, N.C. (9/29/15) — The success of ECU’s recent Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation visit led to four COE faculty being invited to share their research at the Fall 2015 CAEP Convention in Washington, D.C. Two presentations highlighted the on-going efforts from ECU’s Pirate CODE (Continuum of Developing Expertise), its Transformation […]

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From the TRC…3D Printing Now Available to ECU Community

On: 01 Oct 2015 12:31
It’s the first Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight an instructional technology resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Our first post of the school year highlights a new service in Joyner Library, 3D printing! Do you know how common […]

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Reading Education Faculty Highlights

On: 30 Sep 2015 19:30
At this time in the semester, students are showcasing what they have learned through papers, projects and mid-term exams. We thought we would share a few highlights of what the ECU College of Education Reading Faulty have been doing since the start of the fall 2015 semester. Dr. Caitlin Ryan has presented multiple professional development […]

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College of Education hosts Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

On: 29 Sep 2015 16:21
East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted its second Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Sept. 12 for close to 100 pre-service and in-service teacher educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina. As an expert in the field […]

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Elementary Science Alumna Receives WITN’s Teacher of the Week Award

On: 17 Sep 2015 19:31
Congratulations to Dail Berry who received this week’s Teacher of the Week award from WITN. Last May, Berry graduated from East Carolina University, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Elementary Science. In the summer of 2014, she was an innovative camp counselor for the East Carolina Summer Science […]

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