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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

Behavior Specialist Certificate

The Behavior Specialist Certificate program provides educators and other professionals with best practice, research-based knowledge and skills necessary to work with individuals, with or without disabilities, who are at risk in schools and other environments because of emotional, behavioral, or social challenges. Candidates will learn to demonstrate and apply thorough knowledge of characteristics of individuals with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges; implement multi-tiered positive behavior interventions and supports, including individualized strategies across environments; and develop collaborative support plans with stakeholders, including teachers, families, and community service providers.

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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Dr. Sandra Warren
Graduate Program Coordinator
107A Rivers Building

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate
134 Speight Building

“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On: 06 Oct 2016 16:00, In: COE in the News
On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

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East Carolina University’s College of Education welcomed visitors from Hiroshima University Sept. 18-21.

On: 23 Sep 2016 14:48, In: COE in the News
The international educational exchange and partnership has existed for 20 years, allowing faculty and students from ECU, Pitt County Schools and Hiroshima University to share and learn from each other. Each summer two Pitt County teachers and an ECU faculty member are invited to go to Hiroshima, present at a conference and meet graduate students who will come to ECU in the fall. While in Greenville, the Hiroshima University graduate students visited classes at Elmhurst and Wahl-Coats elementary schools and C.M. Eppes Middle School. They Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23, In: Alumni News
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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COE special ed alumnae recognized

On: 09 Aug 2016 14:44, In: Alumni News
ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia. Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on. “I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins. Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and Continue reading →

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Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight Hosts Video Interview Series, “Schooled: Conversations About Education”

On: 29 Jul 2016 15:32, In: COE in the News
For the past two years, Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight has hosted a web-based video interview series called “Schooled: Conversations About Education,” where he interviews researchers and practitioners about all things education. These videos are designed to be a resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about issues related to education. See the series on Youtube here: Recent interviews include: Susan Engel on Curiosity and the Hungry Mind Mark Bauerlein on Common Core and His Vision for Education Journalist Megan Mcardle on The Continue reading →

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