Jun 16, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Support Centers

Office of Distance Education


The Office of Distance Education supports and encourages collaborative efforts involving faculty, staff, and administrators, working to serve as a model for change and growth at ECSU via distance education online delivery methods. Distance education at Elizabeth City State University extends availability and access to convenient course offerings to students who are isolated from campus due to time and/or geographic location, utilizing existing, new, and emerging technological strategies.


  1. To provide academic technology support services to administrators, faculty, staff, and students to support teaching and learning on campus, online and through videoconferencing.
  2. To provide administrators, faculty, and staff with professional development opportunities and resources essential for teaching and learning on campus, online and through videoconferencing.
  3. To maintain existing academic technologies and implement new technologies necessary for teaching and learning on campus, online and through videoconferencing.

Distance Education

The Office of Distance Education’s role is to encourage the integration and support of instructional technologies both on campus and online. At ECSU, our students are our priority. We strive to support our faculty with their design of their online courses and serve as a repository for our academic support programs. The Office of Distance Education works very closely with faculty and academic units to help develop and promote online courses and degree programs. We provide professional development opportunities related to teaching, learning, technology, and pedagogy through workshops and webinars.

Convenience, Quality, Affordability

At Elizabeth City State University, we believe education has no boundaries. Our undergraduate and graduate online degree programs offer the same quality education and accreditations as our classroom programs, but with flexibility and convenience to fit your schedule. As part of the University of North Carolina system, ECSU offers affordable undergraduate and graduate degree programs, both accessible 24/7 and designed to fit your busy schedule.

Getting Started with Online Learning

Students interested in applying to an online degree program or taking online courses should determine if they have the qualities to be a successful online student. For more information about becoming an Online Learner visit the Distance Education website at https://www.ecsu.edu/academics/offices/distance-education/index.html. Review our online programs, eligibility requirements, and student resources to determine if online learning is right for you. You will also find technology recommendations for online students and information about the required Distance Education Online Orientation.

Blackboard Learning Management System

Blackboard Learn is Elizabeth City State University’s learning management system that allows students and faculty to access online course materials, participate in course activities, submit assignments, and collaborate and communicate with your instructor and classmates. Students using Blackboard can access their course anytime, anywhere through the Internet and on their mobile devices with the Blackboard Learn Student App. Blackboard Learn accounts are automatically created each semester for all students who are admitted to ECSU and enrolled in courses.

Visit the Distance Education website and select the student’s link to find additional technology resources and Blackboard help.

Visit the Blackboard Learn website at http://ecsu.blackboard.com to log into Blackboard with your ECSU Viking One Credentials. Once you are logged into Blackboard you will have access to the technology resources listed in the Student Services area of each of your courses. If you have issues logging into Blackboard, contact the ECSU IT helpdesk at helpdesk@ecsu.edu or 252-335-3532.

Contact Information

Office of Distance Education, 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, 102 Trigg Building, Campus Box 924, Phone: Toll-Free (877-432-7662), de@ecsu.edu

  • Vacant, Phone: (252) 335-3699
  • Trina Gregory, Ed.D, Distance Education Student Services Coordinator/State Authorization Compliance Officer, Phone: (252) 335-3112, tlgregory3@ecsu.edu

Continuing Education


The Continuing Education Program (CEP) at Elizabeth City State University is committed to contributing to the mission of the University by providing a variety of continuing education opportunities geared toward the professional and personal development of the citizens of northeastern North Carolina. The CEP is the primary unit of the University responsible for non-credit offerings. The CEP provides lifelong learners with opportunities for learning new skills, advancing their careers, and enriching their personal lives. Continuing Education utilizes ECSU’s educational resources to offer lifelong learning experiences that provide continuing education units to non-traditional audiences.


The vision of the CEP is to become a leader in offering non-credit opportunities to the citizens of northeastern North Carolina and beyond. Through a focus on excellence in instructors, excellence in courses, and excellence in support services, the CEP will be instrumental in affording lifelong learners opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.


To provide lifelong learners with convenient opportunities for learning new skills, advancing their careers, and enriching their personal lives;

To form partnerships with businesses, industries, public agencies, organizations, schools, etc. in an effort to offer professional development to employees;

To serve as a recruitment tool for prospective students.

University Planetarium

The Elizabeth City State University Khan Planetarium’s DigiStar Theater is unique in North Carolina and the Tidewater region. The 60-seat Digistar Theater provides a complete 180º x 360º real-time digital video delivery using the DIGISTAR 6 4K system consisting of two projectors and four graphic processors. Sound is delivered via a Astro FX sound system (“Bowen Technovation”) sound system provides a 5.1 speaker dynamic sound system capable of full dimensional stereo. The Khan planetarium provides interactive STEM education, global cloud capability, access to countless 3-D models structures and environments, and supports detailed elevation for unprecedented realism. The Digistar 6 system’s cloud capability allows for the system to connect to other DigiStar system’s science data repositories around the planet. This capability will ensure that there is always something new and interesting to experience at Elizabeth City State University’s Khan Planetarium!

Students in classes at ECSU benefit from the DigiStar Theater through visualization & fostering an understanding of STEM related concepts and associated educational subjects as well to support diverse academic interests.

For the region’s public and private educators, the Khan Planetarium can serve as an invaluable educational resource to facilitate and augment existing STEM projects to the surrounding twenty one county’s primary & secondary school systems, from Pre-K through undergraduate, and the general public. Civic groups, churches, families, and clubs are all welcomed to attend ECSU Planetarium programs, and special attention is given to programming for area school students of all ages.