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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 Master of Arts in Education - English Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial secondary English teaching license. MAEd-ENED students explore English content knowledge, current and emerging educational issues, and pedagogical concepts and practices that affect life within the secondary English classroom.

The Master of Arts in Education - History Education program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial secondary or middle grades history/social studies teaching license. MAEd-HIED students explore history content and pedagogical issues and considerations as soon to be leaders in their schools and districts. Students work closely with both history and education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the history/social studies education field.

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