Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE or MAT) requirement may be waived for applicants who submit an essay on what applicant believes are most pressing issues facing higher education today.
Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically and follow a part-time hybrid (mixture of face-to-face and online) format.
Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility
Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.
Course Requirements for the Education Specialist Degree in Higher Education
6 hours of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor
Other Requirements for the EdS in Higher Education
Thesis: A thesis is optional for the concentrations in Adult and Developmental Education (455F) and Community College and University Leadership (455G), in lieu of elective courses. A thesis consists of 6 hours spread over a minimum of 2 semesters.
Proficiency: Not required
Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
Comprehensive: During the final term in the program, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive written and oral examination.