Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:06/17/2013 
Constituent Institution:East Carolina University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Jr. High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.1203  
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Middle Grades Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MAEd 
Date of Initiation:01/2/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?online 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):N/A 

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.

The master of arts in middle grades education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial 6-9 Middle Grades teaching license. This degree program will be available to serve all North Carolina’s pre-service and in-service teachers and ultimately serving all citizens of North Carolina by providing higher quality of education for its citizens. The students enrolled in ECU’s MAEd in middle grades education program will be able to participate in advanced study of both content and pedagogical issues.  As emerging leaders in their schools and districts, students work closely with education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the Middle Grades Education field. A nine-hour content area strand is selected from areas including courses in advanced methods, gifted education, library science, digital literacy/technology integration, and/or teaching English as a second language.

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).

Typically those teachers who are interested in pursuing an MAEd in middle grades education are those individuals who have leadership roles in their schools, districts, and the public school community. Obtaining this degree through online instruction will enhance the opportunities for these working professionals to serve the public schools of North Carolina in important leadership positions. A survey of our current MAEd students indicated an overwhelming preference (98% of respondents) for 100% online instruction for all courses.  A 100% online program will allow ECU to better serve both current and potential MAEd students who (1) do not live in close proximity to a UNC campus; (2) work full time and need the flexibility of asynchronous learning; and (3) desire professional growth.

CIP Code

Program Title



Middle Grades Education

NC Central University


Middle Grades and Secondary Education

UNC Charlotte

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
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. Louis L. Warren 
Contact Title:Professor, College of Education