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Elementary/Middle Grades Graduate Programs

East Carolina University offers a number of programs to help you further your education. If you currently hold a license in Elementary or Middle Grades Education, consider the benefits of a Master of Art in Education -Elementary Education or Master of Art in Education -Middle Grades Education

The Master of Art in Education -Reading Education or -Special Education will give you the opportunity to earn an advanced degree for K-12.

If you currently hold a Bachelor's degree, but not a license to teach in North Carolina, you'll want to consider a Master of Arts in Teaching, with which, you will earn an advanced degree and fulfill the requirements for a NC license to teach.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial K-6 elementary teaching license. 

MAEd-ELEM students participate in advanced study of both content and pedagogical issues.  As emerging leaders in their schools and districts, students work closely with education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the elementary education field.

The Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial middle grades teaching license. 

MAEd-MIDG students explore middle grades curriculum development in public school settings, advanced instructional and assessment strategies, and issues/trends specific to middle grades education.

Master of Arts in Education - Reading Education students earn a K-12 reading specialist license as they explore current reading research, assessment/diagnosis of reading difficulties, management/oversight of reading/literacy programs, and develop action research projects related to an area of personal interest. Nine hours of study are selected by MAEd-READ students from a variety of reading/literacy related areas including library science, gifted education, digital literacy/technology integration, and teaching English as a second language.

The Master of Arts in Education - Special Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial Special Education teaching license. MAEd-SPED students

For more information about the MAEd-SPED program, visit these links to the ECU Graduate School:

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to facilitate the earning of an advanced degree while also completing requirements for a North Carolina license to teach. The MAT is offered in:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Science Education
  • Special Education - General Curriculum (MAT Course Sequence III)
  • Vocational Education (Business Education, Marketing Education)

The Department of Elementary and Middle Grades offers two dynamic add-on licensure programs to help to enhance your skills. 

  • AIG Add-On Licensure - Comprised of a four course sequence which leads directly to an Add-on NC AIG License. The courses can also be used toward a Master of Arts in Education Degree.
  • TESL Partnership Program - East Carolina University is pleased to offer admission to a one-year (12 month) Partnership Licensure Program for teachers in North Carolina. The TEACHING ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE (TESL) courses are offered by the College of Education to prepare professional educators for success in contemporary classrooms.

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For More Information Contact:

Graduate Director:
Dr. Terry Atkinson
Speight 224
252-328-2889

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Dr. Sharon Schleigh’s book recognized on the AAAS 2014 Best Science Books & Films List

On: 14 Apr 2015 17:22
Dr. Sharon Schleigh, Science Education faculty in the MSITE program, has received recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  The book she co-authored with Victor Sampson, Scientific Argumentation in a Biology: 30 Classroom Activities, was recognized as an outstanding science book in the category of life science, and listed in the AAAS 2014 Best […]

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Educators Gather to Gain Super Teaching Powers

On: 13 Apr 2015 23:31
On March 31, 2015, 220 clinical teachers, university supervisors, faculty and staff gathered for the 2015 Spring Clinical Teachers’ Conference at the Greenville Hilton sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education and the Latham Clinical Schools Network. The theme for the conference was iTeach: What’s Your Superpower? and included a keynote address by Ms. […]

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Dr. Grant Hayes Named New Dean of the College of Education

On: 13 Apr 2015 21:15
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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Pirate Alumni Recognized as Pitt County Beginning Teachers of the Year

On: 06 Apr 2015 22:02
James Ford, the NC Teacher of the Year, spoke to about 200 Pitt County Schools beginning teachers (teachers in their first three years) at the Beginning Teacher Rally on March 17th. For the first time, each school in the county recognized a Beginning Teacher of the Year. We would like to recognize the Pirates and […]

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From the TRC: SMART Board Workshops

On: 02 Apr 2015 21:51
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s our upcoming SMART Board workshops. Over the next two weeks, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is offering two separate workshops covering the basic functions of […]

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