Curriculum Specialist (MA)

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Program Description:

Click here for academic department program information. Also, please read the Graduate Bulletin/Catalog degree program information including the program courses. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web sites.

Course List:

A complete course list can be found in the Graduate Bulletin and Course Catalog (39 hours minimum).

Career Enhancement:

This graduate degree will prepare you to become a curriculum instructional specialist whose primary concern is the improvement of learning opportunities through instructional leadership by advising administrators and teachers on curriculum development, instruction, and staff development.

Information unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:

The distance education MA in the Curriculum Specialist program accepts applicants when new sessions are planned (via a cohort-model). Cohorts begin, if there is sufficient interest, in one semester, and cohort members take their classes at the same pace (two classes per term, including summers), for two years - until graduation.

Program Delivery Information:

The offices of Curriculum & Instruction and Distance Education deliver the program via online instruction.  You may want to check your computer capabilities with the minimum requirements posted through the Tech Support office. 
Locations, delivery type, start dates and application deadlines are provided in the Proposed Cohorts table below.

Proposed Cohorts*:

LocationSemester StartApplication DeadlineNOTES:
OnlineFall 2017July 1, 2017


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


All applicants must have:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Valid North Carolina “A” level teaching license or equivalent from another state.

Application Requirements:

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

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.  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).

Test Score Information:

A test score (no older than 5 years) is required from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT). They are equally accepted. Minimum score requirements are listed in the Graduate Bulletin/Catalog.

Application Submission:

When the deadline date is viewable in the table above, the application will be open and you may begin the application by:

Clicking 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.

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

Distance Education
Toll Free Phone: 800-355-4084
Direct: 828-262-3113
Fax: 828-265-8673

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Sara Zimmerman
Toll Free: 800-355-4084 x 2216
Direct: 828-262-2216

Major Code: 
Master's Degree Programs