Through our partnership with East Carolina University (ECU), students can complete their associate degree with us and then continue their studies in one of 17 program areas, including business, communication, health information, industrial technology, early childhood education, and nursing. At least six of the 17 programs can be finished completely online, while others, such as the associate degree to bachelor’s degree in nursing, will require some on-campus instruction or on-site clinical or practical experience. View the list of ECU’s undergraduate degree completion programs.

Pirate Promise

If you plan to become an East Carolina University (ECU) Pirate but want to complete your first two years closer to home at a fraction of the cost, our Pirate Promise program is for you. Pirate Promise guarantees admission to transfer as a junior to ECU upon completing an associate degree with us.

This is not a scholarship, but it does grant extensive advising, trips, discounts on athletic event tickets, access to ECU libraries, and participation in select ECU activities prior to your enrollment at ECU. This helps you become familiar with the campus and school before transferring and completing your bachelor’s degree.


  • Take 12 or more credit hours per semester (Fall/Spring)
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Complete the verification process each semester
  • Complete your associate degree in science, arts, fine arts, engineering, or early childhood education
  • High school, Career & College Promise, and Early College students are eligible (11th and 12th graders)

ECU Partnership Teach

The ECU Partnership Teach Office for teacher education programs is located in the Business and Information Technology (BIT) building on our New Bern campus. This Partnership Teach program allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in teaching fully online. Students can choose from elementary education, special education, or middle grades education with two areas of concentration, and each program culminates with a 15-week full-time internship.

Contact Information

SECU Partnership Director
Gerald Baldwin
BIT Building, Room 116-D

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