Sep 30, 2023
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.
Research, Trends, and Issues Competency Area - 3 s.h.:
Diverse Learner Competency Area - 6 s.h.:
*Not required in SPED teaching area.
Effective Communication and Leadership Competency Area - 3 s.h.:
Teaching area specific courses
(Choose from one of the following areas.) - 24-30 s.h.
Elementary education - 24 s.h.
Choose 9 s.h. in an elementary content strand as follows:
Teacher Leadership in the Elementary School:
Teaching English as a Second Language:
(Additional coursework or Praxis is needed for North Carolina add-on licensure in ESL)
(May be repeated. May count 6 s.h. toward the degree. Can be substituted for 3 s.h. in one of the content strands.)
Final product requirement:
A research project with an oral presentation (ELEM 6000 and ELEM 6001 ) or a thesis with an oral thesis defense (ELEM 7000 ).
Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy for the MAEd will be met when the following have been completed.
- Unconditionally admitted to graduate standing.
- Acquired initial NC teaching licensure in appropriate area.
- Accepted to a program area and assigned an advisor.
- Completion of 12 s.h. of graduate credit over and above any entrance deficiencies or conditions.
Transfer of credit regulations which have been established by the Graduate School apply to this degree program. Transfer of credit is only accepted when it is fulfilling a deficiency or content area of knowledge.
The residence requirement for a nondoctoral degree program is met when a student has earned at least eighty percent of the required graduate degree credit for his or her program through enrollment in courses offered by East Carolina University.
Continuous Enrollment (or Registration)
Graduate students who have previously registered for all credits in a graduate degree program but who have not completed all requirements (e.g., thesis, professional paper, internship, etc.) must continue to register each semester (except summer terms) until all degree requirements are completed and filed with the registrar. Under special circumstance, exception to continuous registration may be approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Students must be registered for the semester of graduation (except summer if registered for preceding spring semester).
Other Requirements for the MAEd
General requirements for the completion of the master’s degrees are as follows:
- 36-39 s.h. of course work, depending upon the teaching area.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- Meeting specific teaching area requirements.
- Completion of a culminating project.
Students who do not have at least a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the MAEd program may be allowed to submit up to 6 s.h. additional graduate credit hours in residence on the East Carolina University campus or at an approved graduate center in order to accumulate a 3.0 average. These credits will be in the area(s) evaluated as being weak.
Graduate courses with a final grade of C may be credited toward completion of any part of a nondoctoral degree program, but any student who receives a final grade of C on courses totaling in excess of 6 s.h. will have his or her program terminated. A “B” average is required for graduation based on semester hours of A-graded work equal to or exceeding semester hours of C-graded work. A student who receives two Fs or two Cs and an additional C or F as final grade is subject to termination.