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The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach is committed to partnering with public schools in eastern North Carolina for the purposes of rural education research, staff development, and student outreach through the Rural Education Institute.

Our Vision

All educators and administrators will have access to resources and training to effectively manage the demands of twenty-first century schools in rural North Carolina.


Our Mission

To provide quality training, resources and outreach programs to support education in Eastern North Carolina.

Office News
Teaching in Mursion
Mursion@ECU grant applications now available for NC school systems
The East Carolina University (ECU) College of Education is pleased to present an innovative professional development experience for faculty and staff across the educational spectrum. Mursion is an immersive learning experience that provides participants with a safe space in which they can practice what they have learned in the classroom and throughout their careers with an opportunity to get direct feedback from virtual students, peers, and authorized observers. We are so proud of the work our 2017-18 Mursion@ECU grant recipients are doing, that we are Continue reading →

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NCCA Awards
Counselor Faculty Members Honored at Annual Conference
East Carolina University College of Education’s Dr. Scott Glass received The Ella Stephens Barrett Award at the North Carolina Counseling Association’s annual conference in Durham, NC on Feb. 1. The award is the highest honor given by NCCA and recognizes excellence in professional leadership and service to the counseling profession. Glass is the Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at ECU, past president of the NCCA, review board member of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, ACA, NCCA, and group work division member for Continue reading →

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College of Education online programs ranked high by U.S. News and World Report
Online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing at East Carolina University have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine announced its 2018 Best Online Programs on Jan. 9. ECU’s online bachelor’s degree program also was recognized. “ECU is known as North Carolina’s leader in distance education,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We have invested heavily to make sure that our online offerings are of the highest quality. We Continue reading →

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Contact Us

For more information about our programs, please contact:

Catrina Davis, MSEd.
Lead Coordinator
138 Rivers Building
Mailstop 124
252-328-5985
davisca@ecu.edu