ECSU offers on-line master of education program


From staff reports

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Elizabeth City State University is offering its first online master of education degree program starting in January.

The 100 percent online program will offer two concentrations: one for teacher-leaders and another for initial certification. Total tuition for the curriculum is less than $7,000, making them some of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in the region.

The initial certification program is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree that wants to become elementary school teachers. For people interested in teaching middle and high school, for specific subjects, this route may also be utilized to attain licensure from which additional endorsements can be added.

The concentration in Teacher Leadership is for current classroom teachers with three years of experience. That concentration will help teachers submit portfolios for National Board Certification, which in North Carolina provides for a 12 percent salary increase. An add-on endorsement for a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist is also integrated within this degree and it allows teachers to advance their careers as central office administrators or in non-principal school leadership roles.

“Initial response has been outstanding,” said Timoth Goodale, ECSU’s director of graduate studies. “Over 50 potential students have initiated their admissions applications for the graduate program and there is over a 1000 percent increase in number of students that have accepted their place in the program, compared to the fall admissions cycle.”

Due to the initial interest, ECSU has extended the admissions window through Dec. 3 to allow students to complete their applications and to open the opportunity to apply to those just discovering the degree program.

More information about ECSU’s graduate program and admissions requirements is available online at www.ecsu.edu/academics/graduate.