Jun 01, 2023
Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)
Master of arts in education (MAEd) degree programs range from a minimum of 36 to 39 semester hours, depending on the teaching area. All MAEd 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 degree is designed so that students and advisors have options in completing these competencies. Additional courses may be added to the list of core courses as they are approved.
All MAEd 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 for information about how the final product requirement is satisfied in each teaching area.
A student must seek acceptance into the College of Education and one of the 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 orability to do graduate work.
Upon acceptance into a teaching area, the student is assigned an advisor.
The MAEd in science education program requires 36 s.h. as follows:
Required Core Courses - 12 s.h
Research, trends, and issues competency area - 3 s.h.
Diverse learner competency area - 6 s.h.
Effective Communication and Leadership Competency Area - 3 s.h.
Science Education Courses - 24 s.h.
Final Product Requirement
Action research project
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.