Welcome to the College of Education!

COE Mission

The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners, including professionals in business information systems, counseling, electronic media, and librarianship. Significant to this mission is a strong commitment to three important related areas, all of which are realized through partnerships and other endeavors. These three areas are:

  1. the encouragement and nurturing of professional growth for educators and allied practitioners at all levels and in all areas of the educational endeavor;
  2. a continuing emphasis on and support for scholarship and research/creative activity;
  3. and service in all areas of professional education.

Critical to such commitment is the promotion of effective teaching; staff participation in the improvement of schools; and, in concert with other state agencies, the development and creation of educational policy for North Carolina.

History of the COE

1907 East Carolina Teachers Training School chartered
1909 First students enroll for classes
1911 First class graduates
1921 ECTTS renamed East Carolina Teachers College and begins four-year programs
1922 First bachelor degrees awarded by ECTC
1932 First Founders Day Celebration
1951 ECTC receives college status, renamed East Carolina College
1953 School of Education organized
1967 ECC receives university status, renamed East Carolina University
1972 ECU joins the University of North Carolina System
2003 School of Education formally renamed College of Education