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ECU Graduate Certificates in Special Education

Graduate certificates offer additional training in specialty areas and greatly enhance student knowledge and credentials. Students may pursue the ECU Special Education (SPED) graduate certificates as a part of a master's program or independently as a non-degree graduate program. ECU SPED offers three separate graduate certificates: Assistive Technology, Autism, and Deaf-Blindness. These certificates require 12 semester hours of coursework, all offered online. Transfer credits from institutions other than ECU may NOT be used toward certificate completion. Please click on the certificate title below to see course requirements and enrollment 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. This graduate certificate program 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. - Assistive Technology Certificate Brochure

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 online. - Autism Certificate Brochure

Deaf-blindness Certificate

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) officially defines deaf-blindness as the "concomitant [simultaneous] hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness." ECU offers the first online program in North Carolina to prepare education leaders in the area of deaf-blindness. This certificate is for teachers, speech and language therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, and other professionals interested in deaf-blindness. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered online. - Deaf-blindness Certificate Website

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For more information, contact:

Laura King
Associate Chair - Special Education
139 Speight Building
kinglau@ecu.edu

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate
Mclawhorng@ecu.edu

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Emeritus Professor Awarded “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine”

On: 03 Nov 2014 21:43, In: COE in the News
Dr. William B. Martin, College of Education Professor Emeritus, recently, received one of the most prestigious honors the Governor of North Carolina can award The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. This award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. In Dr. Martin’s case, his service is […]

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ICYMI – Co-Teaching, “A New Model for Student Teaching.”

On: 31 Oct 2014 12:00, In: 2015 CAEP Preparation
The fall 2013 issue of ECU’s East magazine featured the Co-Teaching initiative in the ECU College of Education as an exciting and innovative new practice, “A New Model for Student Teaching.” Co-Teaching provides a comprehensive and rigorous experience for interns and enhances the quality of learning for P12 students. The Co-Teaching partnership enables clinical teachers […]

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CAEP Prep: Meeting Standard 1 – Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions

On: 29 Oct 2014 12:00, In: 2015 CAEP Preparation
Since the 2006 NCATE visit, the ECU EPP developed several of its Pirate CODE innovations as specific enhancements to current curricula to improve program quality and address significant issues in the field. Several Pirate CODE innovations influence how the EPP meets Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Disposition. This post highlights two Pirate CODE innovations […]

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Science Education Club on the Path to National Recognition

On: 24 Oct 2014 18:16, In: Center for STEM Education
It’s official!  The Science Education Club has completed all the requirements and workshops to be officially registered as a student organization at East Carolina University.  This has been a two year project that was finalized by the work of graduate student Megan Garner, and undergraduate elementary science concentration students: Beth Wantz, KC Hart, Kayla Sager, […]

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Video Grand Rounds

On: 22 Oct 2014 12:00, In: 2015 CAEP Preparation
Video Grand Rounds (VGR) provides teacher candidates with an introductory framework for classroom observations and subsequent faculty-guided discussions. This experience provides a conceptual foundation for their future study in teacher education. Based on the medical grand rounds model, teacher candidates view video segments of typical classrooms, complete structured classroom observation protocols, and then debrief with […]

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