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News from the Graduate Programs

Service-Learning Component to MSA Degree Recognized

The master of school administration degree (MSA) in the College of Education prepares individuals to become school leaders. The MSA degree includes a significant service-learning component that requires students to complete six student service learning projects (SLP) in schools.

Megan Newman, a Principal Fellow student, is conducting ongoing training sessions with beginning teachers at Wintergreen Primary School and Wintergreen Intermediate School in Greenville, N.C., as part of her SLP. Through this project, Newman aspires to improve teaching and learning in the participants’ classrooms and provide the opportunity for these novice teachers to network with other teachers in various grade levels and subjects. The sessions are held once a month after school and the teachers are then observed in a non-evaluative format to receive feedback on the new teaching strategies that they are using in their classrooms. The teachers participating in this SLP with Megan Newman shared that the ongoing professional development has helped them become better teachers thanks to the collaboration among the group and the sharing of ideas.

Like this SLP, MSA students are helping schools as they learn how to become principals. Seventy students entered the program the same time as Megan and by the time these 70 students graduate in May 2015, eastern North Carolina schools will have benefited from 420 different projects.


Student, Alumni, and Faculty Accolades

Jen Smyth, a current master of arts in education student studying English education and Teacher Consultant with the Tar River Writing Project, is featured in International Reading Association’s Reading Today Online publication. Click here for the full story written by Terry Atkinson, associate professor and graduate director in the College of Education. Smyth is also a teacher at the Hertford County Early College High School and was named the North Carolina English Teachers Association’s 2013 Outstanding English Teacher award winner. Click here to learn more about NCETA’s 2013 awards.

Dr. Steven Schmidt Sworn in as President of AAACE

Steven Schmidt

Dr. Steven Schmidt, associate professor of adult education, was sworn in as president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) at the association’s annual conference that was held in November in Lexington, Kentucky.

Online Programs Recognized

The College of Education has been recognized as a top college for teacher education by the Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in North Carolina Shaping the Next Generation.” The organization honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. To view the results, click here.

Two programs in the College of Education were rated as “best buys” in a report released by that has ranked online colleges and universities with affordable online degree programs. The master of arts in education degree (MAEd) is ranked No. 2 and the master of library science (MLS) is ranked No. 1 in a list of online master degree programs. For the full report, click here.

MSITE Alumnus Wins Teacher of the Year

Ms. Charlene Evans, Plymouth High School Mathematics Teacher, is the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Ms. Evans holds a MAED degree in Mathematics Education from ECU! Please read more about this in The Reflector at:

IT Alumni Wins Graduate Distance Fellowship Award

Rob MooreRob Moore has been selected for a fellowship award from Western Carolina University.  Rob is a 2013 graduate of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program at ECU. He currently works as an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He has worked at UNC since 2004 and joined the School’s Instructional Support team in September 2010. In his current position, he collaborates with faculty on integrating innovative technology to support their work in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments. Rob has been instrumental in developing and supporting social media initiatives at the School of Government, including helping to draft the School’s social media policy. Rob is currently applying for PhD programs with the ultimate goal of being the director of a distance education center at a higher education institution. Congratulations, Rob!

ECU Graduate Student Awarded Funds to Implement iPod Learning in the Classroom

BondKrista Bond, a 4th/5th grade looping teacher and MAEd student in Instructional Technology was awarded $3000 by the North Carolina Technology in Education Society  to implement learning with IPods in her classroom.  Ms. Bond writes, “The students will use iPod Touch devices as a method of hands-on instruction that will increase student engagement, provide real world application, and boost inquiry-based learning opportunities.  The students will refine their 21st century skills as they use iPod touch devices to build content area skills through tutorials, videos, and iTunes U.  The students will also create products through the use of Web 2.0 applications and corresponding apps.”  We are excited about this opportunity for Ms. Bond to apply what she is learning in her coursework at ECU directly into her classroom where she is engaging students in the learning process through powerful uses of technology.  Congratulations Krista, we look forward to hearing more about the results of this promising project!

ECU Student Wins “Student of the Year Award” at NCCTM

BlairephotoBlaire Watford, senior BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics double major, won the Eastern Region NCCTM Student of the Year award. Blaire is an outstanding student who is involved in the Gamma Chapter (student organization of NCCTM at ECU), has volunteered for a number of mathematics education service projects, is involved in several ECU service activities, and has won mathematics/mathematics education academic scholarships.

Elementary Science Publishes and Presents Research

We’re very proud to announce several publications and presentations by our elementary science education faculty and graduate students.

Science and Children Sept06 coverScience and Children, the journal of the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) for elementary teachers, has accepted Tammy D. Lee’s article for publication “Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind: Frog Calls across Ponds and across Disciplines.”  Tammy’s article demonstrates how elementary teachers can have students work in groups to learn about sound through frog calls.

astelogoIn addition, our elementary science education faculty, Tammy D. Lee and Bonnie Glass, along with ECU science education Master’s student, Megan L. Garner, will be presenting two papers at the 2014 International Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in San Antonio Texas:

Building Positive ‘Possible Selves’ in Elementary Science: Examining the Effects of an Elementary Science Concentration on Preservice Teacher’s Confidence to Teach Science
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Meredith W. Kier, Howard University, Washington, DC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Revision of Elementary Science Concentration Courses Aligned to the Next Generation of Science Standards
Tammy D. Lee, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Bonnie Glass, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Megan L. Garner, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

ECU Graduate Student Receives Outstanding Nova Award

hubbellFellow Pirate, Ken Hubbell, received the Nova Southeastern Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design. All materials submitted to the competition must have been designed no earlier than 2012, while the nominee was enrolled as a graduate student. Hubbell states: “I applied my own customized version of ADDIE that incorporates spiral development as a means of managing the learning solution..[then] I selected a free, real-time animation tool with automated lip-synchronization to shorten the animated video production cycle-time.” We would like to congratulate Hubbell on this exemplary, yet cost-effective idea. What a great asset he is to our University and the MSITE Department! Hubbell’s work is open to view at the following link: