Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:06/18/2013 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Curriculum Specialist, Master of Arts (MA) 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0301 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Curriculum Specialist, MA 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MA 
Date of Initiation:08/19/2014 
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.):2 (two) years 

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? 05/1/2014 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction intends to offer an online program leading to the Curriculum Specialist, Master of Arts degree. The courses will be delivered via the internet beginning August 2014 with both synchronous and asynchronous online components. Typically, six hours will be offered per term, with a total of 39 semester hours provided. This constitutes 100% of the Master of Curriculum Specialist (MA) program.

The program is designed to be offered to a cohort group with a maximum limit of 20 students. Students outside the cohort will be permitted to enroll in a course with the permission of the academic program coordinator. Internship requirements will be met by each student in accordance with academic department guidelines. Intern placement and supervision will be handled and evaluated by certified faculty.

The proposed audience is individuals from North Carolina who currently possess a Bachelor’s degree and North Carolina “A” licensure (or the equivalent from another state). This program is intended to be an ongoing offering.



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


The instructional delivery system will be via the Internet, both synchronously and asynchronously.


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


The need for this program has been established by various phone calls, inquiries and word-of mouth information-sharing opportunities by both Appalachian faculty and currently enrolled students. Additionally, requests received by the Office of Distance Education indicate that an online program in Curriculum Specialist is desired by North Carolina residents and we believe may help school systems with their “Race to the Top” implementation.


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:20 
Year 4:20 
Year 5:20 
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:Mary F. Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education