ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Starting January 2019, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is offering its first online Masters of Education degree program.

The 100 percent online program will offer two concentrations, one for teacher leaders, and another for initial certification. With total tuition less than $7,000 they are some of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in the region.

The initial certification program is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree that wants to become elementary school teachers. For people interested in teaching middle and high school, for specific subjects, this route may also be utilized to attain licensure from which additional endorsements can be added.

The concentration in Teacher Leadership is for current classroom teachers with three years of experience. It will facilitate the submittal of portfolios for National Board Certification, which in North Carolina provides for a 12 percent salary increase. An add-on endorsement for a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist is also integrated within this degree and it allows teachers to advance their careers as central office administrators or in non-principal school leadership roles.

“Initial response has been outstanding,” said Dr. Timoth Goodale, ECSU’s director of graduate studies. “Over 50 potential students have initiated their admissions applications for the graduate program and there is over a 1000 percent increase in number of students that have accepted their place in the program, compared to the fall admissions cycle.”

Due to this initial interest, ECSU is opening admissions window for one more week from Nov. 26 through Dec. 3, to allow students to complete their applications and to open the opportunity to apply to those just discovering the degree program.

For more information about ECSU’s graduate program and admissions requirements, go online to www.ecsu.edu/academics/graduate or contact Dr. Timothy Goodale, Director of Graduate Studies at tagoodale@ecsu.edu.

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