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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 December 1st
Summer Session 1
April 20th
Summer Session 2
June 15th
Fall August 1st

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

  • Complete online application at
  • 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)
  • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation electronically to the Graduate School. These letters are to be written by professional contacts and should address the applicant’s ability to perform graduate level academic work, as well as interest in and experience related to the program designated.
  • 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 ( 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.

Behavior Specialist Certificate

The Behavior Specialist Certificate program provides educators and other professionals with best practice, research-based knowledge and skills necessary to work with individuals, with or without disabilities, who are at risk in schools and other environments because of emotional, behavioral, or social challenges. Candidates will learn to demonstrate and apply thorough knowledge of characteristics of individuals with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges; implement multi-tiered positive behavior interventions and supports, including individualized strategies across environments; and develop collaborative support plans with stakeholders, including teachers, families, and community service providers.

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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Graduate Assistantship Information

Please contact Gayle McLawhorn ( 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.

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For Graduate Program information, contact:

Dr. Sandra Warren
Program Coordinator
107A Rivers Building


COE alumna named Executive Director of Student Academic Success at NCCU

On: 23 Sep 2016 13:07
COE alumna Kesha T. Lee recently accepted the position of Executive Director of Student Academic Success at North Carolina Central University after serving as Director of Student Disability Services for the past eight years.  In her new role, Kesha will lead all retention and student success initiatives for first and second year students within the University College at NCCU.

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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2016 Degree Ranking –

ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

On: 01 Sep 2016 15:14
East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

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EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

On: 28 Jul 2016 15:48
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education Continue reading →

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One in a million: COE alum has rare identical triplets

On: 21 Jun 2016 15:30
Congratulations to ECU College of Education alum Gavin Fradel and his family on their newest addition–a rare identical set of triplet girls. The May 2016 graduate earned a master of arts in teaching in science education online and lives in Wake Forest, NC. In 2004, he graduated with a bachelor of science in middle grades education. Fradel is currently a teacher at Franklin Academy Middle School in Wake Forest.   By WSOC-TV/WFTV-9-ABC WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A Wake Forest family recently welcomed natural identical triplet Continue reading →

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SODM Credential Group Spring 2016 – Edited

COE Adult Education Program partners with School of Dental Medicine

On: 12 May 2016 20:00
The COE Adult Education Program has partnered with the School of Dental Medicine on a program to provide adult education courses to School of Dental Medicine faculty.  SODM Faculty in this photo completed three graduate-level courses in adult education over the past year, and each earned a graduate credential in Education in the Healthcare Professions.  All are continuing with their coursework to complete a graduate certificate in Education in the Healthcare Professions.  This partnership was organized up by Dr. Steve Schmidt, Associate Professor of Adult Education, and Drs. Geri Continue reading →

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Chambers Awarded Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor

On: 04 May 2016 18:00
College of Education’s Dr. Crystal Chambers in the Department of Educational Leadership was selected as this year’s winners of the 4th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. These two awardees were recognized during Research and Creative Activities Week. Students and faculty colleagues nominated many outstanding individuals. A selection committee of faculty and students reviewed nomination materials and awardees were selected based on evidence of success as mentors, which was demonstrated in the nomination letters, and the nominees’ mentoring statements. Dr. Chambers recognized for her Continue reading →

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