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Master of Arts in Education - Special Education

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:

A checksheet can be downloaded detailing the 39-semester hour MAEd-SPED program of study.

The College of Education accepts applications at all times so students can begin at almost any time during the year. The application due dates are as follows:

Application Due Dates
Desired Starting Semester
Application Deadline
Spring October 15th
Summer Session 1
March 15th
Summer Session 2
May 1st
Fall June 1st

Applicants must submit the following materials by the dates listed above to be considered for acceptance:

  • Complete online application at https://selfservice-banner.ecu.edu/DAD_PROD/bwskalog.P_DisploginNon
  • Statement of purpose meant to provide convincing evidence of one's suitability for graduate study and potential for success in one's chosen area
  • Copy of one's current initial teaching license (if in Sr II, include indication of when license will be received and submit it to the Graduate School immediately upon receipt)
  • 3 professional references (all submitted electronically via the Graduate School)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Send a copy of official school transcript(s) to Graduate School
  • Contact Dr. Terry Atkinson (atkinsont@ecu.edu) for more information.

Assistive Technology Certificate

Assistive technology refers to a wide range of devices, strategies, services, and practices that are created and applied to improve the functional performance or life satisfaction of any individual with a disability. The ECU Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology is for teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, physical therapists, engineers or any professional that may use knowledge or skills to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Autism Certificate

Autism is a developmental disability that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans and their families today (autism society of America). The ECU Graduate Certificate in Autism offers professionals the opportunity to learn more about this complex issue and how to effectively and collaboratively serve students with autism in the public school setting. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line.

Deafblindness Certificate

The ECU Graduate Certificate in Deafblindness is based on nationally recognized competencies, reviewed by ECU faculty, the National Consortium on Deafblindness, and educators and family members. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered on-line.

Graduate School

Scholarship/Tuition Information

Graduate Assistantship Information

Please contact Gayle McLawhorn (mclawhorng@ecu.edu) about assistantship opportunities.
Note: Any student who does not take classes during a regular semester (fall/spring) must reapply to the Graduate school in order to reactivate his/her status as a graduate student and access to his/her ECU email account.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/programs.cfm

 Apply Today


For More Information, contact:

Dr. Terry Atkinson

Graduate Director
224 Speight Building
atkinsont@ecu.edu

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On: 19 Jan 2016 20:09
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On: 20 Oct 2015 15:57
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