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ECU Graduate Certificates in Special Education

Graduate certificates offer additional training in specialty areas and greatly enhance student knowledge and credentials. Students may pursue the ECU Special Education (SPED) graduate certificates as a part of a master's program or independently as a non-degree graduate program. ECU SPED offers three separate graduate certificates: Assistive Technology, Autism, and Deaf-Blindness. These certificates require 12 semester hours of coursework, all offered online. Transfer credits from institutions other than ECU may NOT be used toward certificate completion. Please click on the certificate title below to see course requirements and enrollment 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. This graduate certificate program 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. - Assistive Technology Certificate Brochure

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 online. - Autism Certificate Brochure

Deaf-blindness Certificate

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) officially defines deaf-blindness as the "concomitant [simultaneous] hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness." ECU offers the first online program in North Carolina to prepare education leaders in the area of deaf-blindness. This certificate is for teachers, speech and language therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, and other professionals interested in deaf-blindness. This certificate program is taught through distance education, and all courses are offered online. - Deaf-blindness Certificate Website

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For more information, contact:

Laura King
Associate Chair - Special Education
139 Speight Building
kinglau@ecu.edu

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate
Mclawhorng@ecu.edu

Dr. Christopher J. Rivera

Publications/Presentations by Dr. Rivera of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research

On: 02 Mar 2015 18:29, In: COE in the News
Dr. Christopher J. Rivera, of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research (SEFR), has had three journal publications and three paper/poster presentations this academic year: Publications Hicks, S. C., Rivera, C. J., & Patterson, D. R. (Accepted). Simple steps for teaching prepositions to students with autism and developmental disability. Intervention in School and Clinic. […]

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College of Education Students Honored for Academic Excellence

On: 26 Feb 2015 18:48, In: Academic Success Center
On February 20, 2015, fifty-two East Carolina University freshmen and full time transfer students with an intended Teacher Education major were honored during the College of Education ECU EXCELS event. This event was a part of the annual ECU EXCELS program that recognizes students who are first time, full-time freshman or transfer students who earned […]

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From the TRC: TeachingBooks.net

On: 26 Feb 2015 14:51, In: COE in the News
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s TeachingBooks.net. Short of inviting an author to speak on campus it can be difficult for children and young adults to feel […]

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SPED Students Attend NC Council for Exceptional Children Conference

On: 16 Feb 2015 13:58, In: COE in the News
On January 29th and 30th 2015, members of ECU’s Student chapter of the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC) attended the annual state conference in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In addition to attending presentations by experts in the field of special education from across the state, students volunteered to help make the conference possible by: […]

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NC Council for Exceptional Children Award Scholarship to ECU Student

On: 13 Feb 2015 21:31, In: COE in the News
Ayla Allen, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education, adapted curriculum, recently was awarded a scholarship from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC). Allen received this award for her dedicated service to students with disabilities through her work with the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) here at East Carolina University. […]

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