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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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Stephanie Haddock, ’12 and ’14 COE Graduate, Recognized as Beginning Teacher of the Year

On: 20 Apr 2015 14:10
Stephanie Haddock, a Spring 2014 graduate of the MAED-READ program, was recognized as the Beginning Teacher of the Year for H.B. Sugg Elementary School in Pitt County. Stephanie is a Spring 2012 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Elementary Education program at ECU. Stephanie is a first grade teacher at H.B. Sugg Elementary School in […]

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Dr. Grant Hayes

Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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Pirate Alumni Recognized as Pitt County Beginning Teachers of the Year

On: 06 Apr 2015 22:02
James Ford, the NC Teacher of the Year, spoke to about 200 Pitt County Schools beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years) at the Beginning Teacher Rally on March 17th. For the first time, each school in the county recognized a Beginning Teacher of the Year. We would like to recognize the Pirates and […]

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Brittney Camut

Brittany Camut, MAEd-READ Student & ELEM Ed Alumna, Wins First Year Teacher Award

On: 01 Apr 2015 14:49
Brittany Camut, student in the MAEd-READ graduate program, has been recognized by the Town of Cary, NC Chamber of Commerce with a 2014-2015 First Year Teacher Award. Brittany is a May 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of East Carolina University’s Elementary Education Program with a concentration in mathematics. Immediately following graduation, Brittany enrolled in the […]

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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MATE Faculty and Students Provide Quality Professional Development at NCCTM Eastern Region Conference

On: 23 Feb 2015 21:58
ECU was well-represented at the NCCTM Eastern Region Conference in Kenansville on Saturday, February 14, 2014. Love was certainly in the air as president-elect, Dr. Ron Preston delivered the keynote address.  It continued as Eastern Region President, Dr.  Katie Schwartz led the event – both in terms of putting the conference together and facilitating on […]

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CEO of the NJ Association of State Colleges & Universities to Speak to Students

On: 20 Feb 2015 16:59
On March 25th, the College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership will host Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., CEO of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU). The purpose of NJASCU  is to represent all state colleges of New Jersey outside of Rutgers before the NJ legislature and Governor Chris Christie. […]

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