Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:03/12/2013 
Constituent Institution:Appalachian State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Reading Education 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.1315 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Arts in Reading Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MA 
Date of Initiation:05/27/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? NO 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery? 
If "no," list proposed sites.

Mayland Community College
Avery Campus
785 Cranberry Street
Newland, NC  28657
Avery County

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):2.5 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) YES 
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? 06/1/2013 
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.


Appalachian State University plans to offer a cohort-based program leading to a Master of Arts Degree in Reading Education: Classroom/Clinical concentration. This 39 semester hour program provides a well-balanced academic curriculum and practicum experiences designed to produce graduates capable of providing quality services to Avery County and the surrounding region. The Classroom/Clinical concentration (477E) is intended for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Students with this concentration are prepared to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to K-12 students with a wide range of abilities. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure.


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


The majority of this program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction with the respective faculty members driving to the designated site to interact with the students. On occasion, a web-based course may be delivered.


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


K-12 Teachers in Avery County area have contacted the faculty and coordinator of the Reading program about the possibility of delivering this Reading Education program to their area. The program will conduct an initial meeting or meetings in order to ‘survey’ the interest in this Master of Arts degree in Reading Education in Avery County.

According to the UNC General Administration inventory of Distance Education Programs no other institution offers a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education in Avery County. 


4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:15 
Year 2:15 
Year 3:15 
Year 4:
Year 5:
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 Englebert 
Contact Title:Director of Distance Education