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ECU education degree programs ranked in top 20

East Carolina University did extremely well in’s ranking of education degree programs, and have achieved top 20 status twice: 15th best Educational Leadership degree program in the U.S. of over 560 qualifying colleges. The Top 20 can be viewed here – 10th best Elementary Education degree program in the U.S. of over 780 colleges. Here are the Top 20 –’s mission is to inform, empower, and encourage aspiring, new, and veteran teachers.

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh wins national teaching award

Dr. Sharon Price Schleigh, assistant professor in the College of Education, Dept. of Mathematics, Science & Instructional Technology Education (MSITE), has been awarded the Summit Ascent Teaching Award. The Summit Ascent Teaching Award is given annually at the National Astronomy Teaching Summit held in San Francisco on August 1. The highly coveted and competitive teaching award honors a distinguished educator who is recognized by their peers and students for excellence in improving the teaching of astronomy across the country. “Dr. Schleigh has helped hundreds of Continue reading →

Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop

In the Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop, Fulbright Ambassador Dr. Spencer Salas, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will share his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2013. Flyer with event details: Ambassador Workshop Invitation_Salas Scholars like Salas return to their campuses with new perspectives on their fields and fresh ideas for further international engagement. Faculty and administrators will learn about the benefits of Fulbright and the impact it can have personally and professionally. Find out more about Salas’ Continue reading →

Taft Distinguished Professor joins college

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Len Annetta, Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, to MSITE and to introduce him to you. Dr. Annetta has worked as a High School Science Teacher in Maryland, an Assistant and Associate Professor at NC State, and an Associate Professor and Professor at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). He has held multiple leadership positions over decades, providing service as an academic coordinator, Director, Chair of Special Interest groups in educational technology, as well as serving as the Executive Director Continue reading →

ECU receives funding to develop leaders in education

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/22/2016) – The East Carolina University College of Education is one of two universities invited to join the Sanford Education Collaborative (SEC), a network of universities committed to expanding a nationwide movement to create a new paradigm for pre-K–12 teaching excellence and student achievement. Each year, the SEC selects a small number of universities to join the collaborative based on factors such as demonstrated effective teacher preparation, regional representation and institutional diversity, according to Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education Continue reading →

Two COE administrators recognized for supporting first-year students

The Student Government Association announced that two College of Education administrators were nominated for the 2015-2016 First Year Advocate Award. Dr. Dionna Manning, director of the Education Community of Scholars and Education Living-Learning Community, and Caroline Hill, academic advisor, were nominated for their work in providing support to those students who are new to ECU. “We received multiple nominations, representing ECU faculty and staff across Academic and Student Affairs,” according to the notification letter. “Each of the nominees personifies dedication to first year student growth Continue reading →

ECU faculty inspire science on National Mall

Summers are warm but certainly not lazy for ECU faculty. Many ECU Faculty use this time as an opportunity to reach beyond the campus and inspire and excite people of all ages in learning and doing science. In Washington D.C. the annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, hosted by Hofstra University and funded by NASA through the Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program is one such opportunity that engages an estimated 10,000 people. Dr. Sharon Schleigh, faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Continue reading →

COE special ed alumnae recognized

ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia. Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on. “I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins. Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and Continue reading →

COE grant educates students on the science of drug abuse

The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program aims to expose students from 6th through 12th grade to the real-world applications of the scientific method in order to teach them about drug addiction. Now in its third year, the SEADAP program continues to implement hands-on curriculum educating students about the science of drug addiction and the adverse effects of widely abused substances while exposing students in research activities to increase their interest in STEM careers. Students are led in the design of their own Continue reading →

One in a million: COE alum has rare identical triplets

Congratulations to ECU College of Education alum Gavin Fradel and his family on their newest addition–a rare identical set of triplet girls. The May 2016 graduate earned a master of arts in teaching in science education online and lives in Wake Forest, NC. In 2004, he graduated with a bachelor of science in middle grades education. Fradel is currently a teacher at Franklin Academy Middle School in Wake Forest.   By WSOC-TV/WFTV-9-ABC WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A Wake Forest family recently welcomed natural identical triplet Continue reading →