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John is originally from New Jersey by way of California, Maryland, and Illinois.  He earned his Bachelors degree from Salisbury University and his Masters from Western Illinois.  John teaches the 2123 class for the Theatre Education majors and supervises the Senior II students during their school internships.  He also teaches Introduction to Theatre and Theatre History for the department. www.ecu.edu/theatredance

Johnny carlson

Johnny Carlson, MFA
DE Teaching Instructor, Theatre Education
Messick 102


Become a Teacher Image

I am a high school student interested in a career in teaching.

In order to make an informed decision it is important to gather a lot of information about institutions, degree programs, financial assistance, etc. We encourage you to read some of the student blog to learn more about the transition to college.

Each year North Carolina needs approximately 10,000 new teachers to meet the demand created by population growth, retirements, and attrition. East Carolina University offers a wide array of degree programs in teacher education leading to a license to teach in North Carolina.

The following information will assist you in learning more about the teaching profession, the admission process at ECU, sources of financial aid, and student life.

The Teaching Profession

Learn more about the teaching profession at your own school by talking to teacher leaders, administrators, guidance counselors and by investigating the various Teacher Cadet programs in the state and the Future Teachers of America program.

Begin earning college credit while in high school through the Learn and Earn initiative.

If I choose ECU as my destination, what are the requirements to enter a teacher education program?

For more information about a teaching career in North Carolina, please visit the CFNC Teacher Education Career site.

ECU Admissions 

What are the admission requirements at ECU?

Where can I access an undergraduate application?

What is Pirate Port and how can I create an account?

How can I participate in a campus tour?

When is Open House?

How can I apply for merit scholarships?

Financial Resources

We encourage you to talk to your guidance counselor about various teacher education scholarship opportunities like the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship and the Prezell R. Robinson Scholars Program.

ECU has a strong, student-centered Teaching Fellows program and thanks to the generous gift from James and Connie Maynard, ten additional students receive the Maynard Scholarship which is modeled after the Teaching Fellows scholarship.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about federal TEACH grants.

Scholarship opportunities through the College of Education.

Here is a matrix which compares the eligibility requirements and service obligations of some of the teacher education specific financial assistance opportunities.

Find additional financial aid resources by visiting the "Paying for College" section at the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Student Life

Co-curricular experiences are just as important in the educational journey as your chosen major. We encourage you to learn more about the diverse opportunities offered through the Division of Student Life.