East Central University is a public institution of higher learning located in Ada, Oklahoma. Founded in 1909 as the East Central State Normal School. Originally, the school began as a four-year preparatory teaching school and students received a teaching certification. In 1919, East Central State Normal School officially received permission from the state of Oklahoma to provide four-year bachelor’s degrees in teacher education. However, throughout the next two decades, the school began to offer subjects outside of education and as a result was renamed East Central State College. The university was renamed in 1985 to its current name.
Within ECU, the university has four specialized colleges and a graduate school. The specialized colleges include the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business, the College of Education and Psychology, and the College of Health and Sciences. Additionally, EDU has an online distance-learning program. ECU offers degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the most popular majors include health professions, business, education and public administration.
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