Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:02/17/2009 
Constituent Institution:Winston-Salem State University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Pre-Elementary/Childhood/Kindergarten Teacher 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.1204 
Level:
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Bachelor of Science: Birth – Kindergarten Education: Early Intervention and Preschool Concentration 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:BKE EI/PS 
Date of Initiation:08/25/2009 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?All courses will be online except for one 9 semester credit hour Internship. This will be an internship at an approved Distance Learning site or in residence at Winston Salem State University campus 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):18 – 36 months, depending on the amount of classes transferred from other institutions. For example, a transfer student from a NC Community College with an Associate in Arts or an Associate in S 

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) 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) YES 
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) YES 
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.
Project Name: Bachelor of Science Birth through Kindergarten Early Intervention and Preschool Concentration (BKE EI/PS).

Academic Unit: Winston Salem State University, School of Education and Human Performance, Department of Education

In response to the charge by the UNC General Administration System’s UNC Online Initiative, and in an attempt to meet the mandates of professionals in the field of early childhood education, this degree will satisfy state and national directives. Although this concentration is non-licensure, many of the courses which will be developed may be used interchangeably with our teacher licensure program. This will be a first-time, whole concentration, development. This degree may be used in-state in North Carolina or out-of-state, and also can be marketed to other countries.

Background:
In April 2002, President Bush announced his Early Childhood Initiative, Good Start, Grow Smart to improve early education for children. In addition to many other items, the Early Childhood Initiative required that specific education standards be established and also mandated that teacher and staff training related to these standards be a priority in the use of quality improvement funds. This law called for higher salaries for staff; stating that by September 30, 2003, 50% of all Head Start teachers nationwide have at least an associate's degree. The newest mandate states that by 2013, Head Start teachers have a bachelor’s degree in child development or closely related field. The BKE Early Intervention and Preschool (BKE EI/PS) concentration will address these mandates. Additionally, North Carolina More at Four classrooms require a BKE teaching license. As previously stated, many of the courses which will be developed may be used interchangeably with our teacher licensure program. Therefore, this program will address both national and state educational mandates for teachers of young children. In addition, the articulation agreement established between some of the North Carolina Community College System’s Early Childhood Associate in Applied Science degree programs and the WSSU BKE programs will enable select students to move smoothly from one system to another, with a totally online degree in early childhood or birth through kindergarten education.
 
2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).
This degree concentration will utilize the Internet except for the 9 semester credit hour internship: BKE 4935: Internship in Early Childhood Education course. There will be two options for students to complete the internship course. 1) The internship will be observed face-to-face on a bi-monthly basis, or in a facility which can be filmed (where the films can be sent to the WSSU faculty in charge of the Internship course). The student enrolled in the BKE 4935 Internship course must have access to a setting which can be observed, and/or filmed. 2) The student will reside on the WSSU campus during a summer internship experience, which includes a 5-week residency where students may stay in on-campus residency halls.  
3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).
Results taken from in-and out-of-state surveys of Head Start Centers, and child care facilities indicate the need for the BKE Online Concentration in order to assist in completing degrees mandated by federal and state legislation. Although other institutions offer online BKE programs, to our knowledge, there is not an institution which offers an online degree which specifically targets early intervention. Surveys in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina were administered which showed a need for programs offered via Internet delivery in the field of birth-kindergarten education.

The following UNC Tomorrow Directives will be addressed if the BKE EI/PS concentration is offered:
4.1 Our Global Readiness
4.2 Our Citizens and Their Future: Access to Higher Education
4.3 Our Children and Their Future: Improving Public Education
4.4 Our Communities and Their Economic Transformation
4.7 Our University’s Outreach and Engagement

In addition to the articulation of the North Carolina Community College System’s (NCCCS) Associate in Arts, and the Associate in Science degrees, an articulation agreement is in place between WSSU’s Birth Kindergarten program and select institutions in the North Carolina Community College System for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree program. Students at the select community colleges who have the (AAS ECE) degrees matriculate courses obtained and also are required to complete a number of identified core classes that are required of the university bachelor’s degree programs.

Online program options: Many of the BKE courses have been developed and are offered online. The BKE Early Intervention and Preschool Concentration is being targeted to be placed totally online by Fall 2009.

The online degree option is also part of the WSSU strategic plan for online course delivery and outreach to the outer lying service areas.
 
4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:40 
Year 3:60 
Year 4:75 
Year 5:120 
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.
YES 
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Contact Name:Kay Hamlin 
Contact Title:Assistant Profesor/Coordinator of Distance Learning, Birth-Kindergarten Education 
Contact Email:hamlink@wssu.edu