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 Welcome to the Pirate Nation!  My name is Dr. Allen Guidry, an East Carolina University alumnus ('95, '02) and former classroom teacher.  As a proud Pirate myself, I can personally attest to the excitement, enthusiasm, and "Purple pride"  that becomes a part of someone who chooses East Carolina University as their institution of higher learning.  Becoming a Pirate means becoming a part of the life-blood of a region, becoming the embodiment of our motto, "Servire" (to serve).  Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of teacher education.  For generations, East Carolina University has been preparing top-quality, nationally recognized master teachers that serve all of North Carolina.  This has been done by linking instructional theory with educational practice and personal passion with academic rigor.  As someone who obtained their teaching license through East Carolina's teacher preparation programs and who then went on to spend more than a decade of successful service in the public schools of eastern North Carolina, I can unequivocally say that East Carolina University prepared me to succeed in the classroom.  I invite you to see what we're about and to find out what makes the Pirate Nation and the teachers it produces so special.

Allen Guidry

Allen Guidry, PhD
Assistant Professor, History Education
100 Rivers

Become a Teacher Image

I am an undeclared undergraduate student and might be interested in education.

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.


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.