Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/1/2013 
Constituent Institution:UNC at Wilmington 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Education, General 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:13.0101 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Masters of Education: Specialization in Language and Literacy 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:M.Ed. 
Date of Initiation:01/6/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Combination of synchronous and asychronous online delivery 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.): 

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.

Master’s of Education with a Specialization in Language and Literacy education, resulting in an “M” license and K-12 Reading Specialization add-on licensure. Audience: K-12 teachers and other individuals who hold or are eligible for an initial teaching license.

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

Combination of interactive video, Internet (synchronous & asynchronous), and limited (<25%) face-to-face at extension site.

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

Based on personal email and phone inquiries from teachers (in, Bladen, Brunswick Craven, Beaufort, Onslow, and Pamlico counties) with the coordinator of the Language & Literacy Graduate Coordinator and needs assessment discussions with HR, an informational session was held.  Approximately 49 teachers attended an information meeting about the UNCW program. Sixteen students confirmed that they would enroll in the program, if accepted. Queries were received weekly after this meeting from other perspective students interested in pursuing a specialization in Language & Literacy Education. Furthermore, teachers requested a specialization in an area broader the “reading,” which is offered in 2 locations (UNC-Charlotte and ECU).

Although teachers who complete the program would be eligible for a K-12 Reading license upon graduation from the program, the program is designed to offer a broader focus than reading. It also focuses on language, literacies (including disciplinary literacies), cultures, writing, and literature. Teachers indicated they wanted to pursue the specialization at UNCW because the program design more closely meets their goals/needs as teachers than other NC programs they had investigated.

Based on these assessments noted above, it was determined that there was significant interest in the program to establish this specialization as a distance program.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:20 
Year 2:
Year 3:20 
Year 4:
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:Ron Vetter 
Contact Title:Interim Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School