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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
  • 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 ( 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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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.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines. For more information, visit

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For More Information, contact:

Dr. Terry Atkinson

Graduate Director
224 Speight Building

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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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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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College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships to ECU students

On: 16 Sep 2015 21:20
East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $250 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships. Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition […]

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Celebrate International Literacy Day

Celebrate International Literacy Day

On: 04 Sep 2015 17:24
Faculty in the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education are thrilled to celebrate International Literacy Day on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. #ILD2015 #ECUREAD International Literacy Day helps bring our attention to the nearly 800 million adults worldwide who cannot read, write, or perform simple math calculations. This is a time when groups […]

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COE Alumna and Current MAEd Student Named Pactolus Teacher of the Year

On: 31 Aug 2015 19:02
Melissa Zurawski was named Teacher of the Year at Pactolus School in Pitt County where she teaches fifth grade English Language Arts. She is in her fourth year of teaching and uses the principle, “Effort rather than ability leads to success,” to guide her work with students. She explains, “I want my students to understand that […]

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Bob Porter

Grant Writing Workshop Series Opportunity Available

On: 07 Aug 2015 14:02
Grant Writing Workshop Leader Robert Porter, PhD, has presented grant writing to leading universities and medical schools internationally. He is coming to ECU this Fall to conduct three focused sessions. RSVP early as seating is limited to forty (40) per session. All sessions will be held in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room 1 Session […]

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Dr. Linda Patriarca

East Carolina University’s Own Dr. Linda Patriarca Nationally Recognized

On: 31 Jul 2015 13:25
Dr. Linda A. Patriarca is named one of “The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States ” according to a new list. This will leave the College of Education at East Carolina University in a great position as she steps down and hands the reigns to Dr. B Grant Hayes who will be […]

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