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Office of Alternative Licensure

109 Speight Building
College of Education
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
alternativelicensure @ecu.edu
252-328-2700
Fax: 252-737-2998

Licensure Only

The Licensure Only pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and want to complete coursework before they obtain a teaching job. There is a two semester Internship I and II requirement that must be completed in one of our Latham Clinical Schools Network districts. Licensure Only programs will vary by content area. The length will depend on your background in the content area and how many courses you are willing to take each semester. Students must take classes each semester in order to maintain eligibility to register. Should you skip a semester, you will be required to be re-admitted to the university. Many students who select this option may choose to search for available teaching jobs. If obtaining employment as a teacher, our Alternative Licensure Office will work to revise the plan of study to one of our Lateral Entry Options.

To help you through the program, from the application process to final licensure, use the Licensure Only Step-by-Step Guide.

Master of Arts in Teaching

If you are interested in obtaining teaching licensure, there is also a Master of Arts in Teaching option. The Master of Arts in Teaching program provides individuals with undergraduate degrees in particular majors to earn a teaching license and graduate degree simultaneously.  Featuring 14 different concentrations, the MAT program (with the exception of Special Education) is completed in one year, beginning in summer 2 semester and finishing at the end of the next summer 1 semester; includes a full-semester internship; and requires both face-to-face and on-line classes.

Sarah Burke - MAT - Elementary Education Concentration
Sarah Burke

Elementary Education Concentration

Sarah Burke is pursuing a Master's of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education. Although she is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, she has called Greenville home for the past five years. Sarah received her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Public History, from ECU. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of the Honors College and worked closely with the College of Education to develop lessons and teaching resources for social studies in grades 3-5. After interning with the education section at the North Carolina Museum of History and working in the public school system, Sarah decided that her life's purpose was to work with children. She is incredibly passionate about literacy instruction and cannot wait to finish her degree and begin inspiring the next generation of readers, writers, and thinkers.