Chair's Welcome - Dr. Abbie Brown

The Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) at East Carolina University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics Education, Science Education, and Instructional Technology.

Dr. Abbie Brown

The undergraduate programs are designed to prepare you for a career as a classroom teacher and content specialist. Our graduate programs offer opportunities to earn advanced certificates and masters degrees in Mathematics Education, Science Education, and Instructional Technology. You'll find detailed descriptions of all of our programs of study on this site.

We have both campus-based and online programs. Whether you're learning on-campus or online you're working closely with world-class faculty members who care about your progress. Students have opportunities to participate in student chapters of state and national organizations, and to collaborate in research, conference presentation and journal-article publication with faculty.

Our department also provides a variety of options for financial support to students, including scholarship programs and graduate assistantship opportunities. We're happy to assist you in finding the option that is right for you. Use our website to find the degree program that's right for you. If you have questions or need additional information please call our office: 252-328-9353, or contact me at

Abbie H. Brown, PhD
Professor and Chair
Dr. Floyd Mattheis
Remembering Floyd Mattheis: While mourning the loss of Floyd Mattheis, we in MSITE remember him fondly with profound appreciation for his fifty-plus years of service to ECU.  Read our tribute.
NCTQ Top Ranked

According to the National Council of Teacher Quality, ECU Secondary Education programs scored in the 97th percentile in comparison to 741 undergraduate teacher education programs in the nation.

Best in the Nation - According to the 2016 US News and World Report rankings, ECU Online Graduate Education programs Rank 14 among all online graduate education programs considered and Rank 13 among all Online Graduate Education programs for veterans.

News Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Tammy Lee
Tammy Lee

Dr. Tammy Lee, Assistant Professor of Science Education, specializes in natural science.  She is tireless in pursuit of teaching excellence and science inquiry.  Awarded the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Leadership in Science Education in 2015, Dr. Lee earned recognition as North Carolina’s most outstanding science leader of 2015.

Dr. Lee pursues multiple teaching, research, and service projects.  When teaching students, she is happy to meet them in mountains or classrooms.  She studies natural phenomena and science education, including visual modeling and teacher discourse, for example.  Dr. Lee was instrumental in designing and implementing the 18 credit hour Elementary Science Concentration through which elementary school science teachers gain specialized science content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge.

To learn more about Dr. Lee, we asked her a few questions about Science and Science Education, including a question about her penchant for planet Earth.  We invite you to read her replies.

Student Spotlight

Student Katrina Turlington
Katrina Turlington

Congratulations to Katrina Turlington!  Katrina is an MAEd student in Instructional Technology and the recipient of the 2016 Diane Kester award.  We asked Katrina to discuss her work as a teacher and an Instructional Technology Facilitator.

Teaching is more than a career for me; it is my passion. I knew I wanted to go into education for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandparents were both teachers and education was always a top priority in my family, which is what inspired me to become a teacher.

I grew up in Williamsville, New York. After graduating high school, I moved to North Carolina to attend Campbell University. I graduated from Campbell in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. For five years, I taught 4th grade at Wayne Avenue Elementary School in Harnett County.

Read her full interview to see why MSITE is proud to feature her as our latest Student Spotlight.