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The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education offers undergraduate degrees with teaching licensure in elementary education and four content areas in middle grades education.  The department also offers graduate degrees in elementary education and middle grades education. The programs are committed to the preparation of teachers who are knowledgeable, reflective, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population.

To achieve our mission, one current project is our involvement as a state leader in the National Teacher Performance Assessment project in partnership with Stanford University.

Our Vision

To meet the changing needs of a global society by providing learners with quality educational programs taught by experienced and knowledgeable faculty.


Our Mission

To prepare excellent teachers for the children and young adolescents of North Carolina. 

Our administration and faculty seek to exceed excellence in preparation of our teachers, not just for pride, but because the education of the children and the young adolescents of North Carolina and the future of our state and nation depend on our work.

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The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education strives to create a "culture of engagement" for students, faculty, and public school stakeholders. Our innovated programs are designed to create significant educators at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

ECU Elementary Education was ranked 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the US of over 780 colleges.

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Department News
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College of Education alums honored with teaching awards
Two East Carolina University College of Education alumni were recently honored with teaching awards in North Carolina. Julie Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Wahl Coates Elementary School of the Arts, was named the Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, March 14, at Rock Springs Center. In addition to earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the ECU College of Education, Brickhouse has many other ties to the college: Serving as a part-time instructor in the adapted and general curriculum programs Continue reading →

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C.M. Eppes Middle School science teacher recipient of inaugural John C. Park Scholarship
When the opportunity came to attend the annual National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education, Allie Smith, an eighth-grade science teacher at C.M. Eppes Middle School in Greenville, jumped at the chance. The opportunity arose through a new annual award for science teachers in eastern North Carolina — the John C. Park Scholarship — established by East Carolina University College of Education Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Dr. Leonard Annetta. The scholarship, launched in 2018 by Annetta and the ECU Center for Continue reading →

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ECU faculty helps shape statewide mathematics education framework
The framework for the future of mathematics education in North Carolina was recently established by a collection of mathematics educators around the state, including several representatives with ties to the East Carolina University College of Education. Announced by the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning (NC2ML) in February, the K-8 Instructional Frameworks are designed to connect and sequence mathematical ideas to enable teachers to plan learning opportunities for students that promote a coherent understanding of mathematics. Each framework contains sets of grade-level standards that are organized 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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State Teacher of the Year Stops by ECU College of Education
The East Carolina University College of Education hosted Lisa Godwin, the 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year for two events on Monday, Oct. 30. Godwin, who is a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County, was named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year in August 2017. In her new role as North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Godwin serves as an ambassador for teachers across the state to the NC General Assembly and NC Board of Education, as well as speaking Continue reading →

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For more information about our programs, please contact:

College of Education Academic Success Center
252-328-0067

or

Ms. Delaney Swift
Administrative Support Associate
231 Speight Building
252-328-6833
swiftde@ecu.edu