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Teacher education partnership to accept more degree students

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 7, 2004 1:56 PM

The new teacher education partnership between East Carolina University and area community colleges has spawned a second "cohort" for special education teachers. Applications are being accepted from candidates.

The first class of the East Carolina University Wachovia Partnership East South Central Consortium, which started just a week ago, includes 24 students enrolled in the elementary education cohort and 20 in the special education cohort.

The ECU School of Education will start a second cohort of students studying special education in January. Applications are available now and must be returned by Oct. 15.

Through the partnership, students from Duplin, Sampson, Lenoir, Johnston, Greene and Wayne counties attend classes at the partnership hub site at Wayne Community College and take Internet courses from ECU to earn bachelor's degrees without going to Greenville.

The South Central Consortium serves students from James Sprunt, Lenoir, Johnston, Sampson and Wayne community colleges and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Students complete their general education course work at one of the partner community colleges and then transfer into the ECU program to earn their bachelor's degrees. The last two years will be completed in two and a half years with all classes being offered at the hub site or on line.

Admittance into the Wachovia Partnership East Program is contingent upon acceptance into ECU. Students must make an appointment with hub site coordinator Debbie Grady to have their transcripts evaluated.

They must have a 2.5 grade point average, general education courses completed, and passing Praxis I test scores to enroll in the program.

Grants are available for books and tuition for the junior and senior years of the program.

Contact Mrs. Grady at gradyde@waynecc.edu or 919-735-5151, extension 385, for more information or an application.