Special Education



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Dr. Sandra H. Warren
Graduate Programs Director
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Master of Arts in Education - Special Education

MAEd in Special Education To pursue a special education graduate/master's degree at ECU students who have a special education teaching licensure may apply to the graduate school as a degree-seeking graduate student.

The MAEd SPED program offers four concentration areas:

Behavioral/Emotional Disabilities
Intellectual Disabilities
Learning Disabilities
Low-Incidence Disabilities

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

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

  • Complete online application at Master Programs
  • 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)
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically, written by professional contacts. These letters should address the applicant's ability to perform graduate level academic work, as well as interest in and experience related to the designated program.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores (Applicants to the MAEd SPED degree who are graduates of East Carolina University with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 are not be required to take admissions tests.)
  • Official school transcript(s)
Contact Dr. Sandra Warren (warrens@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.

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.

Graduate School
Scholarship/Tuition Information
Graduate Assistantship Information

Please contact Sandra Warren ( warrens@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.