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College of Education Funding Priorities

Need for Scholarship Support for ECU’s College of Education Students 

  • Approximately 55 percent of undergraduate students at East Carolina have to borrow money to pay for their education, borrowing an average of $6,600 a year. 

  • More than 650 College of Education students applied for scholarships for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, and the College is only able to award scholarships to 12 percent of the scholarship pool. 

  • The College has lost $1.3 million in state-funded scholarships that was used for recruitment and retention of 50 teachers to ECU every year. 

  • Tuition will continue to increase at significant rates because of state budget cuts. 

  • Since most educators do not earn large salaries early in their career, it is difficult for education students to take on large amounts of debt knowing how long it may take to pay off the student loans. 

Opportunities to Support College of Education Student Scholarships and Work Study: 
  • College of Education Scholarships: On average, the College of Education has 3,000 students enrolled. With eight departments, the college is preparing future K-12 teachers, but also future principals, counselors, librarians, and administrators. An annually funded scholarship can be created with a gift of $1,000, or an endowed scholarship can be established with a gift of $25,000. Preferences such as need, major, GPA, and community involvement can be incorporated into the scholarship agreement. 

  • Educators Hall of Fame: The Educators Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding educators and friends of education each year. Each nomination is accompanied by a $1,000 gift. Funds help build the Educators Hall of Fame Endowed Scholarship which provides a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000/year for 4 years) for outstanding students who wish to pursue education as a career. 

  • Scholarships for Students Living in the College of Education Housing Community: The College of Education has created the Education Housing Community (EHC). Patterned after the NC Teaching Fellow Program, the EHC will recruit 20 of the brightest and most promising students to live in this unique residential learning experience. EHC residents will complete a course together, network with other students in their major and have a better transition to college with the help of a “Pirate Pal.” 

  • MAT Scholarship Fund: Currently, there is no funding available for students who are seeking a master’s of arts in teaching (MAT). This program is designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a North Carolina teaching license. While in the program, MAT students are typically full time and are unable to work. 

  • COE Student Emergency Fund: The College of Education loses between five to 15 students a year due to financial emergencies that occur in the final year of the program. The College of Education Student Emergency Fund will support students so that they can finish their degree. 

  • Financial Literacy Seminar-The College would like to create a Financial Literacy Seminar for education students. There is also interest in adding such idea as a required course/lesson as part of the curriculum. 

  • After School Tutoring Program for High Need Students and Subject Areas- To provide high-need students in public schools a better chance of earning a diploma, College of Education students would serve as tutors to the children in which the school identifies as have the most need. COE students would receive stipends based on number of hours contributed. Funds would provide materials for each tutoring session. 

Opportunities to Support Student Program Enrichment Activities: 
  • Study Abroad Stipends: Living and studying in another country provides students with opportunities that are unique to the college experience. The cultural and social interactions produced through living abroad effect an individual’s academic and personal growth in ways that are impossible to duplicate. While the responsibilities are great, students who meet these challenges find that they are more mature, well-rounded individuals than before. Students return with changes in cultural attitudes, heightened critical-thinking skills, and clearer perceptions of the world around them. 

  • Student National and Regional Conferences and Organization Meetings: Students who have the opportunity to attend a conference or organization meeting will learn about the newest trends, innovations, technologies, and best practices of their profession. Students who attend often return to the classroom energized and inspired about a career in education and share what they learned with their peers and professors. 

  • Creation of a Global Classroom in the College of Education: Since most of our students are not in a position to commit to a semester-long study abroad program, we would like to bring the world to our students. The Global Classroom will offer a passport of different experiences including international-themed dinners, interaction between international students, tutoring students who are not native to America and to those where English is not their first language, and attend various cultural events. If we had such a classroom in the College of Education, we could work with the faculty to give each student a collaborative course experience with students from another culture. 

  • Rotating Scholar: The College is seeking funding to use to recruit a visiting scholar to come and provide knowledge and expertise to students and faculty.
Opportunities to Support COE Research and Development Enterprises: 
  • Teacher Performance Assessment project: The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is the first nationally available, valid and reliable performance assessment for pre-service teachers. By participating in this project, the college is increasing the quality of teachers that are produced and ensures that the students are ready for the classroom. Assessments are costly, so additional funding to support this very important endeavor is needed. 

  • Development of Second Life—virtual world practicum experiences: Technology is needed in this area to improve the clinical practice component of teacher preparation. Seed monies would allow us to and could get prototypes developed, we could find funding to expand this initiative. 

  • Educational Leadership Pilot: Currently, the College of Education is creating a model of continuing collaboration between the College of Education’s doctoral students and four counties in eastern North Carolina (Warren, Onslow, Greene and Lenoir). This collaboration will result in a unique model of community service/outreach that is focused on utilizing the educational dissertation as a resource for working with districts to research their problems of practice and as a method for making educational dissertation work more meaningful to the student and to the community at large. 

  • Co-Teaching Pilot: The College is creating powerful teaching teams that will significantly impact high-need schools in eastern North Carolina. These Professional Teaching Teams are comprised of a master teacher, two ECU teacher candidates and one to two novice teachers (who teach 1st-3rd grades) and have been placed in three high-need schools in Pitt County. The entire team will work collaboratively in the planning, organization, and delivery of lessons and in the assessment of instruction. All participating teachers will be actively involved and engaged in all aspects of instruction.