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Become a Teacher

Welcome to East Carolina University's Gateway for Teacher Education! ECU has a long tradition of excellence in education and our teachers are the keystone of that tradition. ECU's reputation as a national leader in education is well known, as is the fact that North Carolina has more National Board Certified teachers than any other state. But we need more teachers—over 10,000 a year for the next 10 years! And we want to help our current teachers grow professionally, too.

Become a Teacher at ECU was designed specifically to help meet these needs. Use the links below to find what you need.

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

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.

If you have not yet decided on a major we encourage you to consider a career in teaching.

The following information will assist you in learning more about the undergraduate teacher education programs leading to initial licensure, requirements for Upper Division, advising support, and financial aid assistance.

Teacher Education at ECU

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.

In order to be officially admitted to a teacher education program you must be admitted to Upper Division.

Advising

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss selecting a major in teacher education. For more information you can contact the College of Education Advising Center. You may also want to review the four-year degree planners for the academic program of interest.

Financial Resources

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.

If you are transitioning from a community college to a four-year institution in order to complete a teacher education degree we encourage you to consider East Carolina University.

The following information will assist you in learning more about teacher education at ECU, the admissions process, tools to assist in the transfer process, financial aid, and student life.

Teacher Education at ECU

East Carolina University offers a wide array of degree programs in teacher education leading to a license to teach in North Carolina.

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

The College of Education, through SECU Partnership East, offers degree-completion programs in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Middle Grades Education. Interested students should contact the appropriate SECU Partnership East Coordinator.

ECU Admissions

Transfer Tools

Financial Resource

Access the Transfer Student Scholarship Application on the Office of Admissions Website.

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.

You may also 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.

If you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional holding a four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution and are now interested pursuing teacher licensure, we hope you will consider East Carolina University given our reputation as a leader in alternative licensure programming.

The following information will assist you in learning more about alternative licensure at ECU, alternative licensure partners, ECU admissions, and financial aid.

Alternative Licensure at ECU

East Carolina University offers a wide array of degree programs in teacher education leading to initial licensure.

Requirements for Alternative Licensure at ECU

Licensure Only allows an individual to complete a plan of study leading to initial licensure prior to teaching.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows an individual in one year to complete a graduate program and initial licensure prior to teaching.

Individual Lateral Entry allows an individual to complete a plan of study leading to initial licensure while teaching in a NC public or charter school.

NCTEACH is a program lateral entry opportunity in which an individual may complete coursework leading to initial licensure while teaching.

Alternative Licensure Partners

State Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium

Regional Alternative Licensing Centers

ECU Admissions

Undergraduate Office of Admissions

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Application

Financial Resources

How do I apply for financial aid?

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.

College of Education

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Elementary Education (K-6)
252-328-0067

English Education (9-12)
252-328-0067

History Education (9-12)
252-328-0067

Mathematics Education (9-12)
252-328-9353

Middle Grades Education (6-9)
252-328-0067

Science Education (9-12)
252-328-9353

Special Education (K-12)
General Curriculum & Adaptive Curriculum
252-328-0067

Bachelor of Science in Business Education (BSBE)

Business Education (7-12)
252-328-6983

Business and Marketing Education (7-12)
252-328-6983

Degrees Leading to Licensure Outside the College of Education

Bachelor of Science(BS)

Birth through Kindergarten Education (B-K)
252-328-6908

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (7-12)
252-328-6908

School Health Education (K-12)
252-328-6000

Physical Education (K-12)
252-328-4630

Second Language:

French Education
German Education
Hispanic Studies Education

252-328-6232

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Music Education (K-12)
252-328-6851

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Art Education (K-12)
252-328-6665

Dance Education (K-12)
252-328-6390

Theatre Arts Education (K-12)
252-328-6390

Alternative Licensure

252-328-4125
Available Program Areas:

  • Art Education (K-12)
  • Birth through Kindergarten
  • Education (B-K)
  • Business Education (7-12)
  • Dance Education (K-12)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • English Education (9-12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (7-12)
  • French Education (K-12)
  • German Education (K-12)
  • Health Education (K-12)
  • Marketing Education (7-12)
  • Mathematics Education (9-12)
  • Middle Grades Education (6-9);
  • Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Science Education (K-12)
  • Social Studies Education (9-12)
  • Spanish Education (K-12)
  • Special Education, General or Adapted Curriculum (K-12)
  • Theatre Arts Education (K-12)

 


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

252-737-1904
Available Program Areas:

  • Business Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • School Health Education
  • Science Education

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