Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/11/2010 
Constituent Institution:Elizabeth City State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Master of Education in Elementary Education 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:1312021090000 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Education in Elementary Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:M.Ed. 
Date of Initiation:08/15/2011 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.): 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) YES 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified? 02/15/2011 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The proposed program is an M.Ed. in Elementary Education that will lead to an M-level license.  Programming will be delivered via the internet and the Blackboard Course Management system.  Program objectives will be aligned with NC DPI professional and specialty teaching standards and with 21st Century knowledge and skills.  The intended audience includes candidates who are current teachers in the public schools of Northeast North Carolina who wish to strengthen their skills to meet the demands of the 21st century and the new DPI Professional Education Standards.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The proposed instructional delivery system will be Internet, and will be supported by the Blackboard Course Management System. 

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

There exists a significant need for an online M.Ed. in Elementary Education in Northeast North Carolina.  The program receives 8-12 new phone or email inquiries per month regarding the availability of an online degree.  Surveys given in the area public schools and to current students demonstrate an overwhelmingly positive response to the online program.  Geographically, the region is isolated and the presence of the intercoastal waterway can increase travel time from areas in our 21 county service region and the university to more than 2 1/2 hours one way.  For full-time teachers, this is an unacceptable obstacle.  This region has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the state.  The existence of an online M.Ed. can help to stabilize the teaching force by increasing teachers' skills and knowledge, and by enhancing teachers' commitment to the profession.  The new DPI teacher evaluation requirements provide a significant impetus to teachers to upgrade their skills to meet the re-visioned responsibilities of elementary teachers.  The program will not create more elementary teachers--it will rather support the development of teachers prepared to meet the significant 21st century teaching challenges in our region.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:30 
Year 3:40 
Year 4:40 
Year 5:40 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Charles D. Cherry 
Contact Title:Dean, School of Education