Educational Media (MA) - Instructional Technology Specialist/Computers

Program Description:

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Click here for academic department program information. Click here for the Graduate Bulletin (catalog) degree program information and find the 437D major code information. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web sites.

Career Options:

These studies lead to state licensure for the Technology Director (077) and the Technology Facilitator Endorsement (079). Many teachers pursue this degree to improve their use of computer technologies in their classrooms.

Information Unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:

The online Instructional Technology Specialist/Computers program accepts applicants on a "rolling admission‟ basis subject to the deadlines (below) for Fall, Spring and Summer Session One. Accepted candidates can cycle in, take two classes per semester and complete the program in two years.

Program Delivery Information:

This distance education program is delivered via online instruction and has both synchronous class meetings (usually in the evening) and asynchronous coursework. This program may have one required face-to-face orientation meeting and/or a face-to-face meeting to complete the comprehensive exam. For application deadlines, please refer to the table below.

Course List:

Please click here for a complete course list (36 total hours) with concentration information.

Proposed Semester Starts and Application Deadlines:*

Delivery Method

Semester Start

Application Deadline


SpringNovember 1
SummerApril 1
FallJuly 1

 *You may also express interest in having the program delivered at other locations by completing this electronic form (opens in a new window). Please be aware that expressions of interest are relayed to the academic departments where decisions are made about where programs will be offered.


  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Applicants seeking licensure must have a North Carolina "A" Licensure or the equivalent from another state.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application Fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than ASU)
  • Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Three references (submitted as part of the online application)
  • Test scores are required for this graduate program (see information below)

Test Information:

For this program a test score (no older than 5 years) from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is equally accepted. Minimum score requirements are provided in the Graduate Bulletin.


Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline (see Proposed Cohorts table above). If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.

State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so. If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the program manager.

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester. If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see contact info below).

For information or questions related to the application process, please contact:

Program Manager
Mr. Matt Tate
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 2916
Fax: 828-265-8673
Direct Phone: 828-262-2916

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Amelia Cheney
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 6091
Direct Phone: 828-262-6091

Major Code: 
Master's Degree Programs
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