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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, MAEd

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Program Coordinator: Sandra Warren (107-A Rivers Building; 252-328-2699; warrens@ecu.edu)

Master of Arts in Education, MAEd

Master of arts in education (MAEd) degree programs range from a minimum of 36-39 semester hours, depending on the teaching field. All MAEd degree programs require completion of course work in the following competency areas: research, trends, and issues in education; the diverse learner; and, effective communication and leadership. The program is designed so that students and advisors have options in completing these competencies. Additional courses may be added to the following list of core courses as they are approved.

All MAEd teaching degree programs require completion of a final product. Depending on the teaching area selected, the final product may be in the form of a comprehensive examination (written or oral), a thesis, a research project, or a portfolio. See the description of teaching area specific courses (below) for information about how the final product requirement is satisfied in each teaching area.

A student may seek acceptance into the College of Education and one of several teaching areas offered in the MAEd. Minimum requirements for admission to the College of Education’s MAEd program include the following:

All MAEd applicants (except those applying to the adult education MAEd program) must currently hold or be eligible for an initial teaching license. Entrance into an MAEd teaching area other than that of the initial licensure area may require prerequisite courses and a passing score on the area specialty PRAXIS exam for licensure.
Overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work from an institution accredited by a regional association.
Satisfactory entrance examination scores on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test. This must be completed prior to admission or completion of 9 s.h. of graduate credit.
A completed Graduate School application packet, including the written statement of purpose, a copy of the initial teaching license, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence or ability to do graduate work.

Upon acceptance into a teaching area, the student is assigned an advisor.

Required core courses - 9-12 s.h.

Choose 15 s.h. from one concentration area as follows:

Electronic portfolio requirement:

Demonstration of field-based master teaching, research, collaboration, and leadership skills developed throughout the SPED MAEd program

Final product requirement:

Completion of a thesis (SPED 7000) or a field-based project (SPED 7002); both require a presentation to faculty and students

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