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Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations (Birth to Kindergarten) at East Carolina University. She has earned a MS in Human Development from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Life Span Human Development from Kansas State University. Dr. White has previously taught at Auburn University and Kansas State University. She is currently conducting research on mothers with chronic illnesses and how this influences parenting their young children. She especially enjoys teaching and researching the developmental time period of toddlerhood, parent-young child interaction, and language acquisition. She is currently conducting a research study looking at mothers who are tired or have a chronic illness and their interaction with their toddler-aged children. She has conducted evaluations on various topics, including PT3 (Teaching Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) and a community needs assessment of the needs of children birth to age 3, and has also been involved in assessment of student learning.

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Carmel Parker White, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Birth to Kindergarten Teacher Education
Rivers 127 RW
Greenville, NC  27858
252.737.2075 office
252.328.4276 fax

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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.