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In response to the demand for teachers in eastern North Carolina, Halifax Community College (HCC) and East Carolina University (ECU) have partnered to offer students the opportunity to pursue bachelor's degrees in education through Wachovia Partnership East (WPE). WPE makes it possible to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education, special education general curriculum, or middle grades education without traveling to ECU's main campus.

Students complete the first two years of the four-year degree at HCC before continuing the second half of the degree program through part-time enrollment in ECU distance education courses. Junior and senior coursework is taught by ECU professors via online instruction, blended delivery, or face-to-face instruction at the WPE North Central Consortium (service area), located at the Nash Community College hub site.

Anyone interested in earning a degree in education can apply to HCC to begin prerequisite coursework in the fall. The next ECU cohort (a group entering the program together, who take specifically planned classes in a sequence) for special education-general curriculum majors will begin in January 2008. An elementary education cohort and a middle grades education (Language Arts and Science concentrations) cohort will begin in August 2008.

For more information, students may contact Kathy Bradley, Wachovia Partnership East North Central Consortium Coordinator, at 252-451-8212 or bradleyk@ecu.edu.