What to Expect as a Student
This program benefits professional students by providing an opportunity to earn an advanced level teaching license and a master’s degree without having to leave a current professional position.The required coursework is offered entirely online. Faculty members are accessible and available to assist students in the learning process through a variety of communication methods. The average time to degree completion for full-time and part-time students is 1.5 years and 2.5 years respectively. Advisors work closely with students to establish a plan of study which fits their professional goals. The program consists of a combination of courses that provide opportunities for applied learning and educational investigation. Many gradates continue teaching in the public schools and making a difference in the lives of school-age youth; however, some have chosen to seek careers with community colleges and universities, state agencies, district curriculum administration, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and corporations.
The Master of Arts in Education in Health Education (MAEd) degree program is a 36-semester hour program consisting of a 12-semester hour Education Core and a 24-semester hour Health Education Core.
- Education Core: EDUC 6001, SPED 6002, EDUC 6480 or 6482, and ELEM 6550
- Health Education Core: HLTH 5310, 6100, 6200, 6300, 6355, and 6400
- Internship: HLTH 6990 and 6991
The Graduate School makes the determination of eligibility for admission to the graduate program. Acceptance into the Health Education Program is determined by the graduate faculty under the guidelines established by the graduate faculty of the department. The graduate school admits applicants only upon issuance of a formal letter. Minimum requirements for admission to the MAEd in Health Education program include the following:
- Must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Must hold a current initial teaching license. Entrance into a MAEd teaching area other than that of the initial licensure area may require prerequisite courses.
- Must have an overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work.
- Must have satisfactory entrance examination scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). This must be completed prior to admission.
- A completed Graduate application packet, including the written statement of purpose, and a copy of the initial teaching license.
ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program.
Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.
Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. For the most current list of states, visit this link http://eai.ecu.edu/states/. ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree.
Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.
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