The faculty, staff, and students are so glad you are here! Our website is designed to assist you and provide you the basic information needed to navigate successfully in your pursuit of obtaining a degree in education, whether at the undergraduate level, graduate level, or in a post-graduate certification program.
The ECU Education Department traces its origin back to the founding of East Central University and exists to serve individuals seeking degrees and certifications in public education. In doing so, the department serves East Central University students in three essential functions:
- Prepare undergraduate students in three areas of specialization, including: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education, leading to teacher licensure and certification in Oklahoma.
- Provide undergraduate students the professional education instruction needed to prepare all Secondary Education majors and minors for licensure and certification in Oklahoma.
- Offer graduate students many Master’s level courses of study and options in a variety of occupations in education and related positions in business, industry, or hospitals, including Educational Leadership (School Principal and Superintendent, Degree and/or Certification), Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Reading, Secondary Education (Academic Area Option), Sports Administration, Library Media, Educational Technology, School Counselor, and Special Education (see Section on School of Graduate Studies - M.Ed. Education and Post-Master's Certificates). We are proud of our department and believe that we prepare some of the best teachers and administrators in the state. Our students learn about the process of teaching through a combination of college classroom experiences provided by excellent university faculty and practical field experiences in public schools working with master teachers. While part of the ECU family, our students have an opportunity to learn and to grow in a rigorous and supportive environment which includes a dedicated faculty and staff, well-equipped classrooms, and a very low student-teacher ratio. The quality of our faculty and program combined with an outstanding student experience contribute to make East Central University a great choice for pursuing your degree, and again, we welcome you.
We encourage you to contact any of our faculty to learn more about our programs or come and visit our beautiful campus and spend time with our faculty, staff and students! If we can be of additional assistance, please let us know…and, remember, “Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.”
Program Accreditation Information
Many of the education programs that East Central University's College of Education offers are state and nationally accredited. While the individual program accreditations vary from program to program, the department is accredited nationally by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. For more information about NCATE, which is now the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, please visit www.caepnet.org for more accreditation information.