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College of Education: Preparing Teachers and Education Professionals

Department of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education


   Admissions | Program Requirements | Course Description | Course Schedule | Faculty Profiles


Admission to the Adult Education Program


Graduate School Admission
Application for admission to the Graduate School is made either online or on forms furnished by the Graduate School. All applicants for admissions pay a nondeductible, nonrefundable fee of $60. The application form and all supporting documents should be received by the
Graduate School, Ragsdale Building, (252) 328-6012 at least thirty days prior to the beginning of any semester or summer term.

Applicants are asked to furnish two official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, test scores from the MAT or GRE, and at least three letters of recommendation. Once the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Coordinator of the Adult Education program, the applicant will be contacted about completing the writing sample and interview.

General Admission Requirements

  1. Academic Achievement - Applicants must first meet the requirements for the admission to the Graduate School.The junior and senior years of under- graduate study are particularly crucial. It is recognized, however, that some applicants have finished their undergraduate study some time ago and that work experience and motivation are also factors in success in graduate study.  
  2. Standardized Test- Either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required. The GRE and the MAT are administered on the ECU campus through the Testing Center (252) 328-6811. 
  3. Writing Sample - All applicants to the Adult Education program will be required to provide a short spontaneous writing sample completed under conditions provided by the Program Coordinator. The general subject of the writing sample will be the applicants' career goals or another relevant topic of general nature.  
  4. Letters of Recommendation - Applicants will be asked to present three letters of reference which can speak to their ability to perform graduate level academic work as well as their interest and experience in adult education. 
  5. Statement of Intent- All applicants to the program will be required to include a Statement of Intent with application materials. This statement should highlight applicants' reasons for applying to the Adult Education program.  
  6. Interview/Review- Candidates are interviewed and reviewed by adult education faculty as part of their admission and continued progression through the program.

Certificate in Community College Instruction
The Adult Education program also offers a
15-hour certificate in Community College Instruction. The Certificate is endorsed by the North Carolina Community College system and is offered online. Application is made through the Graduate School and requires undergraduate transcripts, two letters of reference, and a goal or purpose statement regarding teaching at the community college level. No GRE or MAT is required.

Non-degree Admission
Students who wish to take resident course work for purposes other than a master's degree may be admitted by presenting an application supported by a transcript showing the awarding of a bachelor's degree. However, graduate courses taken under this admission may not necessarily be used to fulfill requirements for any master's program. There are no prerequisite courses for graduate work in adult education since the interdisciplinary nature of the profession is its strength.