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Welcome to the College of Education at East Carolina University! This page is designed to be your reference guide as you prepare to enter one of the most exciting and important times of your life. Included is information that will get you better acquainted with the College of Education's graduate program including what it is like to visit our campus, our graduate programs, DE opportunities and support, as well as how to apply.

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ECU's graduate programs not only deliver quality preparation for teachers and specialists, but they are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education. Candidates who receive our graduate degrees can be recommended for advanced licensure in the State of North Carolina and other states who maintain reciprocity with NC.

Online options are available in certain program areas.

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nullThe College of Education consists of eight academic departments that offer twenty-two graduate degree programs, six programs for advanced certification, and the EdD program in educational leadership. Students interested in learning more about the individual program can visit the link below.

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nullDistance Education (DE) allows an individual to earn college credits, even entire degrees, from a conveniently located off-campus site. A variety of graduate certificate programs are also available. Courses offered online use Course Management Systems (CMS) to provide content and for communicating with students. Blackboard is a type of CMS that provides online discussion forums, links to outside websites, videos, podcasts, online testing, and a variety of multimedia resources.

The link below is a support tool for the College of Education's DE students. The site provides assessments to help potential students decide if distance education is a good fit. A list of programs offered online, as well as how to apply for a program, is available for potential students. The site also serves as a support site for new and current DE students.

Distance Education in the College of Education

The College of Education graduate certificate programs, ranging from 12 to 18 credit hours, are designed to allow students to take courses in an area of specialization, enhancing their academic experience and expertise.

Students may work toward a graduate certificate in addition to pursuing a master's degree; or students may enroll in stand-alone graduate certificate programs for the purpose of professional and personal development. All certificates require graduate school applications, even if already enrolled in a graduate program.

If students are already enrolled in master's degree programs, they must complete a Request for Approval to Add a Certificate form located on the graduate school webpage. An application fee is not required to add a certificate when enrolled in a degree program.

All certificate students, even those enrolled in master's degree programs, must fill out the Graduate Certificate Graduation Application or the certificate will not be awarded. This form is located on the Office of the Registrar's webpage under the Requested Forms tab.

College of Education Certificate Programs:

East Carolina University opened it's doors as East Carolina Teachers' Training School in 1909 and continues to graduate more licensed teachers than any teacher education institution in the state of North Carolina. Receiving a Master's degree in Education from ECU enables teachers or recent graduates to increase their professional expertise and add additional licensure/certificate areas to their initial teaching licenses. The following scenarios offer guidance about current teacher licensure status and the application process.

For more information, please visit the Become a Teacher page.

nullTo qualify for admissions to a graduate degree program, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body and show evidence of being able to succeed in graduate studies based on an evaluation of undergraduate grades and admission test scores. Admission criteria and required supplementary application materials vary by individual programs.

Applicants should allow about 30 minutes to complete the online application, located on the Graduate School website. In order to submit an application to the Graduate School, applicants must first create an account using a personalized login and password. This account will allow applicants to save applications and continue it at a later date, as well as work on multiple applications at the same time. Keep in mind - Online applications not submitted within four weeks of creation are deleted. It will be necessary to begin a new application.

The completed application packet must be received by the Graduate School by program-defined deadlines to insure that the application is given full consideration. Be sure to check program requirements closely as some programs only admit students once per year and not all programs have the same deadline for applications. Applications will be processed until such time the individual programs notify the Graduate School that they have reached their enrollment capacity for a given term. The Cut-Off Deadline is the last day an application and fee can be submitted for that term, please check for specific program deadlines.

A nonrefundable application fee of $70 is required for each application submitted. The online application accepts Visa or Mastercard and is the most efficient and effective means of payment. If applicants select the "Pay Later" during the application, they can pay by check, or go to ECU's online payment site to pay by credit card. The Graduate School will not review applications until the application fee is received.

More information can be found on the Graduate School website.

The Cashier's Office serves as the central collections office for East Carolina University. The office handles billing, receiving, depositing, disbursing, accounting and the financial record keeping of student tuition, fees and related charges. Students can find out more information on the Cashier's Office website.

Financial Aid and scholarship information can be found by clicking the links located below.

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nullThe Career Center provides many programs and services, for current students and alumni, which will help them plan for a career or find an internship or job. For more information, visit the Career Center's website.

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For More Information Contact:

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

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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MATE Faculty and Students Provide Quality Professional Development at NCCTM Eastern Region Conference

On: 23 Feb 2015 21:58
ECU was well-represented at the NCCTM Eastern Region Conference in Kenansville on Saturday, February 14, 2014. Love was certainly in the air as president-elect, Dr. Ron Preston delivered the keynote address.  It continued as Eastern Region President, Dr.  Katie Schwartz led the event – both in terms of putting the conference together and facilitating on […]

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CEO of the NJ Association of State Colleges & Universities to Speak to Students

On: 20 Feb 2015 16:59
On March 25th, the College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership will host Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., CEO of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU). The purpose of NJASCU  is to represent all state colleges of New Jersey outside of Rutgers before the NJ legislature and Governor Chris Christie. […]

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LEED Alumna and Current Principal has Article Published

On: 16 Feb 2015 19:14
2014 LEED Graduate Dr. Robin Hamilton had an article published on February 16, 2015 in ASCD Express entitled, “Transformative Kindergarten Transition Practices.” The article discusses the impact the transition into kindergarten can make on their future academic and social success. It also discusses different transition practices that are currently used. Dr. Hamilton is currently the […]

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ECU’s Master of Library Science Program Earns ALA Accreditation

On: 12 Feb 2015 19:19
It is with great pleasure that the East Carolina University Master of Library Science degree program is able to announce that their degree program is now accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). ALA accreditation provides students, and alumni who qualify, the ability to apply for library positions in any library setting. ALA accreditation is […]

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – May 9, 2015

On: 11 Feb 2015 21:56
The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education […]

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From the TRC: Distance Education & Award Winning Author, Duncan Tonatiuh

On: 06 Feb 2015 14:54
Distance Education In this inaugural edition of From the TRC, the Teaching Resources Center would like to refresh the minds of the College of Education’s faculty, students and staff of our mission because it will also serve as the driving force behind this new weekly column:  The mission of the Teaching Resources Center is to […]

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LEED Doctoral Student Published

On: 27 Jan 2015 16:55
The book Glee and New Directions for Social Change features a chapter from Davis B. Smith entitled “The Asteroid and the Active Shooter.” This work is about the importance of everyday interactions and using active listening so that we can better understand one another. Smith is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Doctor of […]

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Everyone Has News to Share

On: 17 Jan 2015 19:09
In the College of Education, we believe the best way to find out about what is going on in our departments, classrooms, and clubs as well as in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni is by encouraging them to share their news and events with us. As one of the larger colleges […]

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Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarships Available

On: 15 Jan 2015 17:26
Educations majors who are interested in scholarships may want to take a few minutes to look at the attached scholarship applications. They are from Alpha Delta Kappa, a well-established organization of women educators. This is money that can be used to assist with tuition and books. For each of the two scholarships, there is an […]

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