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Master of Arts in Education - Special 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:

A checksheet can be downloaded detailing the 39-semester hour MAEd-SPED program of study.

The College of Education accepts applications at all times so students can begin at almost any time during the year. The application due dates are as follows:

Application Due Dates
Desired Starting Semester
Application Deadline
Spring October 15th
Summer Session 1
March 15th
Summer Session 2
May 1st
Fall June 1st

Applicants must submit the following materials by the dates listed above to be considered for acceptance:

  • Complete online application at https://selfservice-banner.ecu.edu/DAD_PROD/bwskalog.P_DisploginNon
  • Statement of purpose meant to provide convincing evidence of one's suitability for graduate study and potential for success in one's chosen area
  • Copy of one's current initial teaching license (if in Sr II, include indication of when license will be received and submit it to the Graduate School immediately upon receipt)
  • 3 professional references (all submitted electronically via the Graduate School)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Send a copy of official school transcript(s) to Graduate School
  • Contact Dr. Terry Atkinson (atkinsont@ecu.edu) for more information.

Assistive Technology Certificate

Assistive technology refers to a wide range of devices, strategies, services, and practices that are created and applied to improve the functional performance or life satisfaction of any individual with a disability. The ECU Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology 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 Certificate

Autism is a developmental disability that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans and their families today (autism society of America). 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. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line.

Deafblindness Certificate

The ECU Graduate Certificate in Deafblindness is based on nationally recognized competencies, reviewed by ECU faculty, the National Consortium on Deafblindness, and educators and family members. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line.

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Scholarship/Tuition Information

Graduate Assistantship Information

Please contact Sharon Schlichting (schlichtings@ecu.edu) about assistantship opportunities.
Note: Any student who does not take classes during a regular semester (fall/spring) must reapply to the Graduate school in order to reactivate his/her status as a graduate student and access to his/her ECU email account.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/programs.cfm

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For More Information, contact:

Dr. Terry Atkinson

Graduate Director
224 Speight Building
atkinsont@ecu.edu

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Everyone Has News to Share

On: 17 Jan 2015 19:09
In the College of Education, we believe the best way to find out about what is going on in our departments, classrooms, and clubs as well as in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is by encouraging them to share their news and events with us. As one of the larger colleges […]

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Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarships Available

On: 15 Jan 2015 17:26
Educations majors who are interested in scholarships may want to take a few minutes to look at the attached scholarship applications. They are from Alpha Delta Kappa, a well-established organization of women educators. This is money that can be used to assist with tuition and books. For each of the two scholarships, there is an […]

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Alumna is Southeast Regional Principal of the Year

On: 12 Jan 2015 19:20
Dr. Robin Hamilton of Parsley Elementary School has been named 2015 Southeast Regional Principal of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Hamilton is a recent graduate of the College of Education’s Educational Leadership program. The news was delivered to Dr. Hamilton at a surprise ceremony and reception this morning, Friday, January 9, 2015. In attendance were New Hanover County Board of Education members, […]

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LEED Student Selected for AERA Institue

On: 09 Jan 2015 18:50
Mr. Levy Brown, a current student in the Educational Leadership program, was selected as a participant in the 8th Annual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African Americans and Education sponsored by the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Research Focus on Black Education SIG to pursue his doctorate. According to […]

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COE Awarded Grant to Bring New Pitt County Teachers Back to Graduate School

On: 23 Dec 2014 18:05
By Crystal Baity ECU News Services East Carolina University wants to entice new teachers in Pitt County to become students again. ECU’s College of Education has received a $60,000 grant from the BelleJar Foundation that will help pay for 12 first-year teachers in high-need schools to get their master’s degrees in a collaborative effort with […]

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

On: 26 Nov 2014 15:32
‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts. Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, […]

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COE Graduate Students Invited to Participate in Roundtable Discussions

On: 31 Oct 2014 13:50
The COE Research Committee invites graduate students conducting research to share their work in a roundtable discussion Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 PM. All presentations will be held in the Speight Building, and you may present face-to-face or virtually. Submit your research information using the Roundtable Application. Graduate students must be current students in […]

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