Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/12/2012 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Pembroke 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:M.A. Ed in Elementary Education  
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:131202 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Master of Arts in Elementary Education  
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MAED 
Date of Initiation:06/28/2012 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet, 100% online 
If "no," list proposed sites.


If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):2 calendar 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?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

We are proposing that the M.A. Ed program in Elementary Education be offered entirely online beginning June 28, 2012. Courses will be taught by the same graduate faculty members as those utilized to deliver the UNCP campus-based program. The audience will be elementary education (K-6) teachers in the service region of UNCP. Public elementary schools in this area will be targeted for recruitment. 

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

The instructional delivery will be offered completely online. Currently the faculty use Blackboard to teach in a hybrid format and all faculty members are familiar with online instructional strategies. However the elementary graduate faculty will receive updates in online instruction during May/June 2012 so that they will be fully prepared to deliver the program. 

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

 The program director of the M.A. Ed in Elementary Education program has worked during the past several months with human resource personnel from Richmond, Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Montgomery, Anson and Robeson, Bladen, Columbus and Sampson county schools to survey needs of teachers for the elementary education graduate program. A large number of the human service personnel involved in the conversations concerning a potential cohort expressed a concern that travel distance at the close of a busy school day was a major barrier to an advanced degree for many educators in these counties.

East Carolina and UNC-Charlotte both offer a Certificate program in Elementary Mathematics, but not a master’s degree in elementary education. 

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:20 
Year 3:
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:Karen L. Stanley, Program Director 
Contact Title:Department Chair, Elem Educ, Associate Professor