College of Education Welcomes New Pirate Educators!

The College of Education welcomed 86 State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East students and approximately 245 incoming freshmen during summer orientations in June, July, and August 2014. SECU Partnership East allows students to graduate with a four-year degree from East Carolina University (ECU) by completing their first two years at one of the partnering community colleges and then taking ECU courses online. At the beginning of the second summer session, there were 10 new elementary majors. This fall, 62 elementary majors and 14 special Continue reading →

Felicia Buckner

Felicia Buckner, an elementary education major and State Employee Credit Union Partnership East student, graduated in December after an accident that left her with brain and back injuries and a widow four years ago. Buckner has overcome huge obstacles to fulfill her passion of becoming a teacher and graduate from the College of Education at ECU. She shared her story in December with WLOS news in Asheville.

$2.2 Million Gift to Fund Teacher Education in Rural Communities

The first time Judy Oglesby considered going to college, she was 36-years-old “staring divorce in the face” and trying to figure out how she would support her two children moving forward. A simple act got her interested in teaching – her son’s kindergarten teacher noticed the skill she exhibited as a volunteer at the school. A year of encouragement led her to enroll at Halifax Community College and, two years later, at East Carolina University. Oglesby was part of the College of Education’s Partnership East Continue reading →

Wells Fargo supports ECU Partnership East program

Wells Fargo has given $75,000 to East Carolina University’s College of Education to support the Wells Fargo Partnership East Program. The gift will support 47 students and provide five stipends of $750 based on a competitive application process. Partnership East works with community colleges and public schools in eastern North Carolina with a focus on preparing well-trained professional teachers. The program has graduated 343 students, with 78 percent teaching in North Carolina. Since 2002, Wells Fargo (and formerly known Wachovia Foundation) has given the College Continue reading →

Adult Learners Help East Carolina Solve the Teacher Shortage Crisis

For 16 years Kathy Jones ’06 worked as a teacher’s aide at schools in rural Pamlico County and drove a school bus every day, as aides are required to do. But this fall she will walk into the classroom not as an aide but, finally, as the teacher. It will be a moment of deep pride for her and another validation of East Carolina’s groundbreaking approach to solving the state’s chronic shortage of classroom teachers. For the full story, see “Look Who’s Teaching Now” in Continue reading →

Wachovia Gives $1.25 Million for Teacher Education

East Carolina University has received a $1.25 million gift from Wachovia to combat the shortage of teachers in Eastern North Carolina through a partnership with community colleges. The gift, the largest corporate donation ever received by ECU, will provide scholarships and infrastructure improvements for Partnership East, which joins university and community college resources to educate teachers throughout the region. “Education is one of Wachovia’s top priorities,” said David Parker, Wachovia’s regional president for Eastern North Carolina. “We are so pleased to be able to partner Continue reading →