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Are you looking to move up in your chosen field? Are you interested in obtaining a master's degree via distance education?

The career and technical education MAEd program is designed for individuals who already hold a North Carolina teaching license. The curriculum is intended to help teachers achieve goals and develop advanced competencies in professional education, family and consumer sciences subject matter, and interpersonal relationships. The desired outcome is to help teachers develop the skills to become leaders in the field of family and consumer sciences.

ECU Advantage

At East Carolina, the career and technical education MAEd program is offered completely online, making it convenient for working professionals. Students must meet a number of requirements before they will be considered for admission. Once admitted to the graduate program, you will gain experience through core classes, cognate area courses, and specialization courses. Graduates are prepared to be more highly qualified teachers with leadership and communication skills which prepare them for department head or Cooperative Extension leadership positions, and leadership positions in business and industry.

What You Will Study

Note: Students are no longer being accepted to this program.

Program Coordinator: Cheryl Johnson (126 Rivers West Building; 252-328-5754; johnsonche@ecu.edu)

The career and technical education master of arts in education (MAEd) is designed for individuals who already hold a North Carolina teaching license. The curriculum is designed to develop advanced competencies in professional education, career and technical education, and in family and consumer sciences. The desired outcome is to help teachers develop the skills needed to become leaders in the field.

The career and technical education, MAEd program requires a minimum of 39 s.h. as follows:

Required core courses - 12 s.h.
    Research, Trends, and Issues Competency Area - 3 s.h.:
    • EDUC 6482 - Trends and Issues in Educational Research for Practitioners or
    • SCIE 6500 - Understanding and Engaging in Educational Research
    Diverse Learner Competency Area - 6 s.h.:
    • EDUC 6001 - Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    • SPED 6002 - Addressing Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    Effective Communication and Leadership Competency Area - 3 s.h.:
    • ADED 6550 - Leadership and Communication Skills in Education or
    • ELEM 6550 - Leadership and Communication Skills in Education or
    • LEED 6000 - Leadership and Communication
Career and technical education - 27 s.h.
  • HDFS 6990 - Action Research I in Educational Settings
  • HDFS 6991 - Action Research II in Educational Settings
  • FACS 6423 - Advanced Methods and Curriculum
  • FACS 6424 - Evaluation in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • FACS 6426 - Supervision in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • FACS 6430 - Trends and Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • FACS 6990 - Review of Research Literature in Educational Settings
  • 6 s.h. major area electives
  • Note:

    The final product is an action research project that is planned in HDFS 6990 and implemented in HDFS 6991 with an oral presentation to the graduate committee.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Sub
    • Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Sub

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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