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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

Cassie Robacker

Cassie Robacker, SPED Alumna, Doing Great Things

On: 24 Apr 2015 14:52, In: Alumni News
The Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research would like to acknowledge Cassie Robacker, who recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education from ECU in Spring of 2014. Cassie, under the supervision of Drs. Christopher Rivera and Sandra Warren, submitted and was accepted for a publication in Intervention in School and Clinic “A […]

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From The TRC: Searching For Lexile Scores

On: 23 Apr 2015 17:09, In: COE in the News
It’s April, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. In our final post of the school year we’ll cover the Lexile framework and how the TRC has made it easier to search our collection using Lexile text […]

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Faculty, Students Participated in CEC Annual Conference

On: 15 Apr 2015 19:17, In: COE in the News
Special Education faculty and students participated in the national conference for the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) in San Diego April 8-11. It is the largest special education conference in the nation.  Drs. Alana Zambone, Christopher Rivera, Stacy Weiss, and Professor Debbie Metcalf attended and presented at the conference. Seven special education undergraduate students from […]

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

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15, In: Academic Success Center
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, In: Alumni News
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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