Courses

This 5-week Continuing Education course will help participants learn about Assistive Technologies (AT): what it is, where to find it, how to match it to an individual's needs, how to prove it is effective, and avenues for procurement. Participants will engage in a variety of knowledge and skills activities and assessments.


March 6, 2023 to April 10, 2023, Online Class, ECU
This module is designed to increase your expertise and comfort in using quality diverse texts for students in K-12 classrooms. Participants will build on the knowledge from the "What's On Your Shelf?" module to go deeper into what it means to build culturally responsive communities within our classrooms using diverse texts. This module will help participants to build on their students' funds of knowledge, create lessons that affirm and validate all students' identities while integrating teaching standards. Participants will also explore the role of writing in response to texts and using writing and texts to connect to the lived experiences of students.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
Stress is America's number one health problem. Research shows that between 75% and 90% of visits to primary care physicians directly result from stress-related disorders. Most people are unaware of the adverse effects of stress, and some do not recognize stress in their lives. Biofeedback allows people to "see" how stress affects their overall well-being and healthily cope with stress.

Biofeedback is a treatment technique whereby people learn to improve and maintain their health using signals from their bodies. Noninvasive sensors are placed on the body to determine physiological changes stimulated through the fight-or-flight response. These measures include heart rate variability, skin temperature, skin conductance, respiration rate, muscle function, and brain activity. Therapists, who use biofeedback as a treatment tool, train people to alter brain activity, blood pressure, heart rate, and other body functions that clients often believe to be involuntary. Eventually, the client attains improved self-regulation without the aid of these devices.

The Center for Applied Psychophysiology (CAP) at East Carolina University offers biofeedback coursework to prepare professionals for private lab and supervision training--we may be able to provide lab access and mentorship for professionals in North Carolina (see Mentorship section below). Completing the coursework meets the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) didactic education (42-hour) requirement and follows their Blueprint of Knowledge. Our goal is to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to use biofeedback as a treatment intervention or performance enhancement technique.



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Stress is America's number one health problem. Research shows that between 75% and 90% of visits to primary care physicians directly result from stress-related disorders. Most people are unaware of the adverse effects of stress, and some do not recognize stress in their lives. Heart rate variability (HRV) allows people to "see" how stress affects their overall well-being and healthily cope with stress.

HRV Biofeedback is a treatment technique whereby people learn to improve and maintain their health using signals from their bodies. Noninvasive sensors are placed on the body to determine physiological changes stimulated through the fight-or-flight response. Therapists, who use HRV biofeedback as a treatment tool, train people to alter their heart rate and other body functions that clients believe to be involuntary. Eventually, the client attains improved self-regulation without the aid of these devices.

The Center for Applied Psychophysiology (CAP) at East Carolina University offers HRV coursework to prepare health care professionals to use it in a clinical setting or for non-clinical practices such as optimal performance training. The coursework meets the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) Blueprint of Knowledge (16-hour) requirement. Our goal is to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to use HRV biofeedback as a treatment intervention or performance enhancement technique.



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Do you need to submit an edTPA retake? The activities and content in this self-paced, fully-online course are designed to help you reflect on your previous edTPA performance, identify areas for improvement, and plan for your retake submission. Whether you need a full or partial edTPA retake, this is the course for you!



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Participants will explore what fluency is and how it impacts reading proficiency. They will learn the true definition of fluency and the criteria that defines a fluent reader, the developmental stages of a fluent reader, and how to develop and foster fluency in reading. Participants will also learn different ways that fluency can be assessed and methods that can be used for teaching for fluency and practicing fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to observe videos and explore websites with lesson ideas that they can use in their own classroom.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
The ECU Economic Development Academy offers the North Carolina Certified Economic Developer Program for economic development personnel, elected officials, business leader and others interested in the field of economic development.



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Innovation and entrepreneurship is the backbone of the economy in the United States. This session will explore the importance of entrepreneurial development as an economic development strategy, provide examples of successful entrepreneurial ecosystem development in rural and urban areas, and create innovation and entrepreneurial support strategies through interactive workshops. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation for innovation and entrepreneurship as a tool for community growth and practical implementation strategies for development.


April 19-20, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
In this workshop, you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a unique, one-of-a-kind paperweight. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your paperweight, blow a bubble through a pipe to form your piece, and use glass-making tools to pinch, pull, twist, twirl, and form molten glass into a design all your own. Guided by glass instructors, you will also get to heat your work in a 2100-degree furnace as your paperweight takes shape.


Saturday, February 25, 2023, The GlasStation
Saturday, February 25, 2023, The GlasStation
Thursday, March 2, 2023, The GlasStation
In workshop, you will be make a unique candy dish from hot glass. Guided and assisted by the instructor, you will apply color to molten glass, blow a bubble in the glass, and then shape the glass into a sphere that is then "sucked" in to form a double-walled bowl that creates the candy dish. You will get to use special glass-making tools to create your design and heat your work in a 2100-degree furnace as your candy dish design takes shape.



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In this workshop, you will be making a unique garden ball from hot glass. Guided and assisted by the instructor, you will apply color to molten glass and then blow it into a bubble. You will get to use special glass-making tools to create your design and heat your work in a 2100-degreefurnace as your garden ball takes shape.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, The GlasStation
Friday, March 10, 2023, The GlasStation
In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a personalized Christmas Ornament. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your glass and create a unique design of your choosing. The instructor will then help shape the glass while you blow air in to inflate it into an ornament.



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In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making a personalized Witch Ball. Utilizing molten glass gathered (dipped) from the GlasStation's furnace, you will get to apply color to your glass and create a unique design of your choosing. The instructor will then help shape the glass while you blow air in to inflate it into an ornament.


Thursday, March 16, 2023, The GlasStation
Friday, March 31, 2023, The GlasStation
Thursday, April 6, 2023, The GlasStation
Thursday, April 20, 2023, The GlasStation
Thursday, May 4, 2023, The GlasStation
This course is designed for individuals who meet one of the following criteria and are needing dental radiography certification:1. Currently working in a dental office 2. New to NC whose former state's requirement does not meet NC requirements (may or may not be employed) 3. Students who have applied to dental school and/or have plans to work in a dental office before entering dental school. This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Dental Board Examiners (NCSDBE) pursuant to G.S. 90-29(c) (12).

The Intraoral Radiography Certificate Course consists of two components; Part 1 is an online self-study designed to teach the fundamentals of x-ray production, safety and protection. Part 2 is a hands-on clinical component designed to teach receptor placement and exposure techniques needed for successful dental imaging. Both Part 1 and Part 2 must be successfully completed prior to receiving certification in Dental Radiography.


January 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
February 6-28, 2023, Online Class, ECU
March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
July 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
August 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
September 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
October 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
November 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
December 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
This course is designed for individuals who meet one of the following criteria and are needing dental radiography certification:1. Currently working in a dental office 2. New to NC whose former state's requirement does not meet NC requirements (may or may not be employed) 3. Students who have applied to dental school and/or have plans to work in a dental office before entering dental school. This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Dental Board Examiners (NCSDBE) pursuant to G.S. 90-29(c) (12).

The Intraoral Radiography Certificate Course consists of two components; Part 1 is an online self-study designed to teach the fundamentals of x-ray production, safety and protection. Part 2 is a hands-on clinical component designed to teach receptor placement and exposure techniques needed for successful dental imaging. Both Part 1 and Part 2 must be successfully completed prior to receiving certification in Dental Radiography.


Friday, March 3, 2023, ECU School of Dental Medicine
Friday, March 31, 2023, ECU School of Dental Medicine
Are you a licensed teacher who needs to pass edTPA to meet North Carolina licensure requirements? Then this self-paced, online course is for you!



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This program is designed for all medical professionals from physicians' assistants, dentists, chiropractors or paramedics. It provides flexible training options for busy medical professionals who are interested in working as liaisons between the legal and health care communities.



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This course will provide you with comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system. It will also teach you practical skills including how to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Gain working knowledge of legal authority: how it is used in the litigation process and how to locate it through legal research. You will also learn the basics of law office management, substantive law (such as criminal law, domestic relations, real property law, and bankruptcy), and informal and formal advocacy.



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With this exciting, fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. You will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based.



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This module is designed for K-12 school leaders such as principals, assistant/vice-principals, and instructional coaches/specialists and other literacy leaders. It focuses on providing professional development that helps school leaders gain a better understanding about reading/literacy instruction (including what to look for in instructional practice and current hot topics) and how to support teachers in reading/literacy instruction at the school level and beyond.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
Participants will explore how Purposeful Annotation can enhance reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Participants will learn what Purposeful Annotation is, why it is an important strategy to provide for all students, and how you can incorporate this best practice in your classroom.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
Participants will explore best practices in literacy in order to best meet the needs of students that may not be making expected growth in the classroom. Participants will learn how to analyze reading behaviors and target instruction that will boost academic performance of low achieving students.



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Reading in the content areas is extremely important. In this module, we will work on developing the essential knowledge and skills needed to facilitate vocabulary teaching and learning in content areas (math, science, social studies, physical education and health). The module will help participants learn strategies to help students in K-12 grades succeed in vocabulary learning and develop the ability to design and implement appropriate content area vocabulary instruction. Participants will be asked to create content area related vocabulary lesson plans that they can use in their classrooms.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
This module is designed to increase your expertise in culturally responsive literacy instruction and to help you find comfort in choosing and teaching quality literature that provides windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors (Bishop, 1990) for students in K-12 classrooms. Participants will learn why it is important to have diverse books in K-12 classrooms, how to choose quality diverse texts, criteria to consider when evaluating diverse books, as well as strategies and activities to help you incorporate these texts into your curriculum.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
Participants will focus enhancing vocabulary instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn how to identify appropriate vocabulary for instruction in a variety of texts. Many vocabulary activities and strategies for implementation will be given.


March 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
April 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
May 6-31, 2023, Online Class, ECU
June 6-30, 2023, Online Class, ECU
This year's symposium thesis is "Forging Ahead." The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably altered the lives of everyone on this planet and endures as a persistent presence throughout our daily lives. We have learned how to cope with constantly shifting landscapes and how to connect to others in a time of isolation. Even in the face of adversity, we continue to forge ahead. Following a two-year hiatus, the return of Material Topics is an opportunity to reflect on the creative innovations inspired by times of adversity. We are excited about the melding of traditional and modern techniques and concepts, novel use of material, and opportunities to reforge our communal ties through making.



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Certificate Programs

Offered in partnership with the North Carolina Economic Development Association, the certification program provides practical knowledge concerning the practice of economic development in North Carolina to economic development personnel, elected officials, business leaders and others interested in the field.Certification Requirements:Participants who wish to earn the certification must complete seven (7) courses and a capstone project for a total of 84 contact hours. While successfully completing the course of study will lead to the North Carolina Certified Economic Developer designation, courses may be taken as desired without formal matriculation in the certification program. More information can be found on our website: https://cpe.ecu.edu/course-catalog/business/north-carolina-certified-economic-developer-ncced-program/