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The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach is committed to partnering with public schools in eastern North Carolina for the purposes of rural education research, staff development, and student outreach through the Rural Education Institute.

Our Vision

All educators and administrators will have access to resources and training to effectively manage the demands of twenty-first century schools in rural North Carolina.


Our Mission

To provide quality training, resources and outreach programs to support education in Eastern North Carolina.

Office News
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Student veteran throws out first pitch at ECU Baseball
Isaiah Ybarra, a 10-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran and East Carolina University history education major, threw out the honorary first pitch at the ECU Baseball “Salute to Service” series on Friday, May 11. Ybarra is a member of the ECU College of Education’s Student Veterans’ Resource Alliance (SVRA), which serves student veterans interested in becoming educators. The SVRA provides student veterans with opportunities in leadership, resource assistance, advocacy, professional development, and outreach. Since 2016, the SVRA has expanded service beyond the initial program area to Continue reading →

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NC New Teacher Support Program to Relocate to East Carolina University
The University of North Carolina System has announced that the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP) will relocate from the UNC System office to the campus of East Carolina University beginning this July. The NC NTSP is a comprehensive, university-based induction program offering a research-based curriculum and multiple services designed to promote teacher retention and improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers. The program provides intensive induction support aligned to each teacher’s individual needs, teaching assignment, and school environment. This move is part of Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education hosts AP Summer Institute for educators
Nearly 70 teachers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia attended the Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute hosted by The College Board Southern Regional Office and East Carolina University from June 25-28. Held at South Central High School, the summer institute offered intensive professional development for AP educators through the completion of 30 or more hours of content-rich training designed to strengthen how they teach AP courses. AP educators can register for five content areas according to their disciplines — AP chemistry, AP English language Continue reading →

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Contact Us

For more information about our programs, please contact:

Catrina Davis, MSEd.
Lead Coordinator
138 Rivers Building
Mailstop 124
252-328-5985
davisca@ecu.edu