Oct 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Leadership and Educational Studies

Terry McClannon, Chair

Educational Media, MA
Instructional Technology Facilitation Graduate Certificate
Instructional Technology Leadership Graduate Certificate
New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives Graduate Certificate
Online Learning and Professional Development Graduate Certificate
Amy Cheney, Graduate Program Director

Higher Education, EdS and MA

Vachel Miller, Graduate Program Director

Library Science

Kim Becnel, Program Director

Educational Administration, EdS
School Administration, MSA
School Leadership Graduate Certificate

Barbara Howard, Graduate Program Director 

Precious Mudiwa, Graduate Program Co-Director

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies prepares students for employment in a wide variety of teaching, administrative and service roles in:

  • public schools
  • public and school libraries
  • four-year colleges and universities
  • community colleges
  • adult education
  • educational media and instructional technology

While most courses provided by departmental faculty support Certificate, Master’s and Educational Specialist’s programs, Educational Foundations offers the Critical Perspectives of Learning and Teaching course, a required course for all ASU teacher education majors. This is an interdisciplinary class dedicated to the interpretive and normative examination and evaluation of teaching and learning in American schools and society.

The Master of Arts in Educational Media provides an innovative blending of learning opportunities in the design, production, application, and evaluation of a broad range of media and technology. Students are encouraged to pursue work in both traditional and emerging technologies related to all aspects of educational media. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in various fields of media and technology. The range of possibilities for students in the four concentrations includes the study of digital technologies in education, multimedia systems and website production, as well as media literacy, instructional design, and telecommunications systems.

The Online Learning and Professional Development concentration and certificate offer students the opportunity to gain technical, aesthetic, and intellectual skills and perspectives to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments. The program of study engages the learner in constructivist learning environments and local and global learning communities. Particular emphasis is placed on instructional design, technological tools for the creation, hosting, and delivery of online content, and the assessment of online learning and professional development solutions. The ethical and social issues involved in distance learning will also be examined. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives concentration and certificate develop the intellectual, technical, and aesthetic skills to successfully create, utilize and critique traditional, emerging, and converging new media, technologies, and literacies as they relate to individuals, societies, and cultures. Emphasis is placed on an investigation of the production, form, language, and dissemination of a variety of texts, including print, non-print, and evolving media forms (e.g., web-based media, augmented reality, etc.). Emphasis is also placed upon the analysis of new media in light of educational, cultural and social forces from both local and global perspectives. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The K-12 concentration is designed for education professionals and others who wish to enhance their use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. This concentration is designed to prepare traditional and nontraditional students to assume educational leadership roles in the use of instructional technology in public schools, public libraries and related educational settings through active scholarship, reflection, professional discourse and interdisciplinary programs of study based on the integration of theory and practice. This concentration leads to 077 ‘M’ level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists.

The General concentration is tailored for students with a focus in the integration of Computer/Information Systems and/or Computer Science in educational environments.

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Facilitation leads to the Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079) or 077 “M’ level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists. The Endorsement is designed for school computer teachers or computer resource teachers for one or more schools, and is the recommended certification for the school level Technology Facilitator. 077 Licensure may be added for individuals who already hold a Master’s degree in an educational field. The certificate program promotes an in-depth understanding of the applications of and considerations for the integration of digital technologies in schools.

The Higher Education graduate program was founded in 1968 in response to the growing need for community college and university instructors and administrators in North Carolina postsecondary institutions. Although the program continues its original role, it now serves a national and international population of students and professionals concerned with postsecondary education. The program’s purposes include:

  • preparing individuals for teaching and leadership roles in community college and university settings.
  • advancing the skills and knowledge of current two-year and four-year college and university professionals.
  • preparing students to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for adults in community colleges and universities, allied health programs, industry, the community, and other agencies and organizations offering adult education.
  • preparing students for doctoral-level studies.

Higher Education (M.A.)- prepares students who wish to work in postsecondary institutional settings. Students must select one of the following concentrations: Adult and Developmental Education, Community College and University Leadership, or Teaching. The teaching concentration is designed to prepare students to teach in two-year community colleges and four-year institutions. The degree in Higher Education does not lead to North Carolina public school administration and supervision licensure.

Higher Education (Ed.S.)- provides an advanced graduate degree beyond the M.A. for professionals in the area of postsecondary education. This degree is for individuals with a master’s degree who are interested in advancing their careers, preparing for a doctoral program, or enhancing their practice in the areas of higher education leadership, teaching or developmental education in two- and four-year colleges or in adult education programming in an institution and organization. Students must select one of the following concentrations: Adult and Developmental Education, Community College and University Leadership, or Teaching. The Ed.S. in Higher Education meets the prerequisite of an Ed.S. from Appalachian to enter an off-campus cohort for the doctoral program at Appalachian. The Ed.S. in Higher Education is a non-licensure program and does not lead to North Carolina teaching, administration, or supervision licensure.

Community College Teaching (Non-Licensure) Professional Education Requirements in Programs Outside of Higher Education: In addition to the Teaching concentration in Higher Education, there are other programs that focus on college teaching. Majors available to students are: English, French, Mathematics, and Spanish. For required courses in the academic field, see the appropriate section. It is highly recommended that 6-12 s.h. of graduate professional higher education (HE) courses should be chosen with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor. Refer to specific information in the major department or contact the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

The Master of Library Science (MLS) is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. The program reflects Media Coordinator (School Librarian) competencies required by the state as well as Public Librarian Certification competencies of the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission. Completion of the program of study entitles the graduate to apply for licensure (076 Media Coordinator) from the State of North Carolina and to apply for Public Librarian Certification from the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission.

Using a combination of off-campus teaching methodologies, the Library Science program mission is to make a positive impact on K-12 students and public library patrons by providing the State of North Carolina with appropriately educated school and public librarians who take leadership roles in the state, nation, and world. High quality faculty, who create authentic learning experiences that blend theory with practice and consistently engage in relevant research, creative, and service activities, help to accomplish this mission. The Library Science program shares a commitment with the Reich College.

Courses in the dual degree program are offered online. The method of instruction depends on the course and instructor. Students need access to a computer with Broadband Internet access, a head set, and a microphone. Minimum requirements are Intel Dual Core or Core Duo (PC) 1.6GHz (XP) or 2.0GHz or Intel Mac 1.6GHz (OS 10.6 or Higher), minimum 2 GB memory, 4 GB preferable, and have a video graphics card that supports DirectX 9.0+ and OpenGL 1.3+. Computers less than 2 years old are generally adequate. Additional software may be required.

The Master of School Administration degree prepares candidates for the challenges and rigor of the principalship in pk-12 schools. It will result in a North Carolina Principal’s License, which is considered an entry-level administrative license. The focus of this program is the development of the skills and knowledge required by the North Carolina Standards for School Executives, revised and adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education in 2011.

The Educational Administration (Ed.S.) degree provides advanced graduate work in school administration at the Central Office or Superintendent’s level. This degree leads to the sixth-year administrator license. The goal of this program is to prepare candidates for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration such as director, Associate/Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. The focus of this program is the development of the knowledge and skills required by the North Carolina Standards for School Superintendents, adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education (2007). Applicants must hold a valid North Carolina Principal’s license.


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