Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:12/17/2012 
Constituent Institution:NC State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Elementary Education 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.1202 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Elementary Education 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:M.Ed. M.S. 
Date of Initiation:08/16/2014 
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.

West Johnston High School, Johnson County

If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):1 year, 18 months 

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) YES 
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?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.


This proposed DE program option includes both the MEd and MS in Elementary Education. The MEd is 30 credit hours and the MS is 33 credit hours. The programs are largely similar in course content except that the MS includes more research and a thesis requirement.


The MEd includes 12 hours of core courses, 9-15 hours of a “strand” (12 hours plus 3 hours of electives) and 3 credits for a Culminating Experience. The MS is similar. The “strand” is only 9 hours to allow for 6 credits of Electives, one of which is encouraged as a research design or statistics course. The MS also includes a thesis of 6 credits; students combine the Culminating Experience credits with 3 additional credits for 6 credits of thesis work.


The MEd/MS program 2012-2013 cohort that will provide funds for tuition for elementary teachers includes several mathematics education courses already DE approved. Those courses include:


Core Courses Required in the MEd/MS:

ELM 520 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science (or equivalent)

ELM 530 Social Studies in the Elementary School (or equivalent) 

ELM 533 Targeted Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Elementary School (or equivalent)


Example of a “Strand” Focus: Mathematics:

ELM 555: Number Systems & Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks (3)

ELM 556: Rational Numbers & Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories (3)

ELM 557: Data Analysis & Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions (3)

ELM 558: Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse & Questioning (3)

ELM 559: Geometry & Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment (3)

ELM 560: Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership (3)


Course for Culminating Experience

ELM 654 Internship in Elementary Education


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


The Department of Elementary Education has historically offered its MEd and MS programs as on-campus programs only.  At one time, the programs had small enrollments (only 7 MEd students and no MS students were enrolled when the new Department of Elementary Education adopted the program from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2008). Today, the programs have 26 students. 


This DE program option is essential for the College of Education to reach more teachers in high-needs districts such as Johnston County while maintaining the opportunity for teachers in Wake County to attend.


3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).
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:Paola Sztajn 
Contact Title:Interim Department Head, Elementary Education