Cross-campus team awarded $1.25 million for special education cohort

Breaking down the silos of public and higher education for the benefit of learners with disabilities with high-intensity needs is the mission behind a new East Carolina University graduate cohort involving multiple colleges. Project CONVEY (Collaborating to Overcome Needs by improving the Voice of Exceptional Youth) is funded by a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for this mission. The project involves faculty from the ECU College of Education Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts Continue reading →

College of Education alums honored with teaching awards

Two East Carolina University College of Education alumni were recently honored with teaching awards in North Carolina. Julie Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Wahl Coates Elementary School of the Arts, was named the Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, March 14, at Rock Springs Center. In addition to earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the ECU College of Education, Brickhouse has many other ties to the college: Serving as a part-time instructor in the adapted and general curriculum programs Continue reading →

Owens named recipient of Council for Exceptional Children Award

Dr. Tosha Owens, East Carolina University assistant professor of special education, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Research, Student Research Award in the area of Single-Subject Design. Through a blind-review process, Owens received the award for her paper entitled, “Tiered Teacher Coaching on the Implementation of a Self-Monitoring Strategy with Students At Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.” The Council for Exceptional Children is a national, professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children Continue reading →

Special Education Students Explore Practicum Teaching Experiences in Northern Ireland

College of Education juniors in the special education program traveled to Northern Ireland from Feb. 24 to March 11 as part of a pilot study to explore international practicum teaching experiences and learn more about the education system for students with mild and moderate disabilities. Students Ashley Algard, Heather Aycock, Jaclyn Caryl, Allie Marinello, Logan Mosely and Alexa Weis along with faculty members Debbie Metcalf and Dr. Stacy Weiss visited four schools, a homework club, a center for students with significant behavioral difficulties and an Continue reading →

Special education major receives Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Sarah Bonin, a College of Education student majoring in special education from Cary, has received the 2016-2017 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award. One student is selected each year for the outstanding senior Honors College thesis or project and a $500 award. Bonin created a reading and math curriculum for students in third through fifth grades, and is believed to be the first education student to win the award, said Dr. Guili Zhang, professor and interim chair of the Department of Special Education, Foundations and Continue reading →

ECU Special Education Alumna Breaks World Record

ECU alumna, Lauren Ball ’15, recently orchestrated the creation of the largest human puzzle piece in the world,   breaking a Guinness World Record. Lauren is currently an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at AG Cox Middle School, in Pitt County where she teaches students with autism and is part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Team.  Lauren organized the event with the help of her school and community, to spread autism awareness during the month of April as part of National Autism Awareness Month.  For many Continue reading →

Group names ECU graduate national teacher of the year in adapted physical education

Lara Brickhouse ’05,’13 has been named the 2017 national teacher of the year in adapted physical education by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Brickhouse teaches in the Durham Public Schools in nine schools: Little River School, E.K. Powe, Hope Valley, Bethesda and Eno Valley elementary schools; Lucas and Lowe’s Grove middle schools; and Northern and Riverside high schools. She earned her bachelor’s in physical education in 2005 and her master’s in physical education in 2013. Brickhouse was featured recently on an Continue reading →

Pursue your passion for teaching!

The College of Education began more than 100 years ago, when East Carolina University was founded as the East Carolina Teachers Training School, and its proud history continues to this day. Whatever path you’re on, ECU has the resources and experience to help you become an outstanding educator. We encourage you to view and share the video below with all those who aspire to be Pirate Educators! Youtube link with CC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-0F-E7nCTA      

College of Education Inducts 12 into Educators Hall of Fame

GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/30/17) – The College of Education at East Carolina University held its 18th Annual Educators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Fletcher Recital Hall in Fletcher Music Center.   Twelve educators and education advocates from across the state were recognized during an event raised over $20,000 for student scholarships. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in Speight Building so inductees and guests would have the opportunity to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall. Each inductee was Continue reading →

ECU assistant professor honored by NCCEC

An East Carolina University College of Education faculty member has been honored by a state organization for her dedicated service to students majoring in special education. Dr. Stacy Weiss, assistant professor in the ECU Department of Special Education, Foundations & Research, was recognized for three years of service as state student coordinator by the N.C. Council for Exceptional Children. “Dr. Weiss’ efforts made a significant contribution to our organization that has helped us to better serve educators and students with exceptionalities in our state, and Continue reading →