Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/23/2010 
Constituent Institution:East Carolina University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13-1314 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Arts in Education in Physical Education (MAEd) 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MAEd 
Date of Initiation:01/8/2010 
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) NO 
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?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

This online program will enable licensed North Carolina teachers to acquire advanced competencies in Physical Education.  Acquisition of the MAEd qualifies graduates for Master’s level salary when employed by a North Carolina school district.  Additionally, the program complements completion of the requirements for National Board Certification.

The Master of Arts in Education is awarded by the College of Education in conjunction with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.  To be eligible, applicants must hold a current North Carolina Teaching License.  In addition, any licensed teacher, regardless of discipline, who meets program prerequisites, may enroll in the MAEd in Physical Education.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) reports there are 5, 928 licensed physical educators currently employed in North Carolina Public Schools. The majority hold an initial (Bachelor’s) teaching license. With an online program, teachers from across the state will have the opportunity to complete a graduate degree.

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

The program will be delivered via the Internet utilizing Blackboard as the course management system. 

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

Presently 27 North Carolina IHE’s (9 public, 18 private) prepare physical educators for initial licensure at the bachelor’s level. Only 7 institutions (4 pubic and 3 private) prepare physical educators for advanced licensure at the Master’s level. None of these programs are currently online.

In reviewing the enrollment of some the initial courses in the program, making these courses available online has generated significant interest in teachers completing an online degree.


SEMESTER         EXSS 6104           EXSS 6108

Fall 05                  0                             5

Fall 06                  0                             0

Fall 07                  8                             0

Fall 08                  5                              6

Fall 09*               26                           19

* Courses to be delivered online


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:25 
Year 3:25 
Year 4:25 
Year 5:25 
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:Dr. Stacey Altman 
Contact Title:Department Chair and Associate Professor