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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.

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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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Representative Farmer-Butterfield Leads Mock Legislative Session with College of Education Scholars
The issues of teacher salaries and class sizes were debated in a mock legislative session with over 40 East Carolina University College of Education students inside the Rivers Building on Monday, Nov. 13. North Carolina Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Pitt, Wilson, was invited by the ECU College of Education to lead the mock legislative session covering some of the primary issues facing the education profession in North Carolina. After a brief explanation of the bill process within the North Carolina General Assembly from Farmer-Butterfield, the students split Continue reading →

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The Magic of Mursion
Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower reflects on her experiences using the Mursion Lab at the ECU College of Education. My first experience with Mursion was through a simulated job interview. Even though I used the word simulated, I certainly did not feel as if it was a simulation. The interview was very authentic, as I received personalized feedback in real time as if were a real interview. The avatar that interviewed me had appropriate gestures and body language that reflected what it was saying. Honestly, Continue reading →

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For more information about our programs, please contact:

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