The online Educational Media graduate degree at Appalachian

Appalachian State University’s Educational Media graduate degree equips you with the tools, knowledge and network you need to succeed.

Learn to make a bigger impact in the lives of learners through improved deployment of technology and learning opportunities in the classroom.

With your master’s in Educational Media from Appalachian, you will be positioned to assume leadership roles in both K-12 and higher education, as well as business, health care and nonprofit organizations.

This Distance Education graduate degree program will allow you to focus your coursework in one of several tracks, each one opening up a new avenue of possibilities for your career. Each track offers you the opportunity to gain technical, aesthetic and intellectual skills and perspectives needed to analyze and develop online environments utilizing the digital networked media. This program provides an innovative blending of learning opportunities.

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Degree details


  • The Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 track prepares students to assume educational leadership roles in the use of instructional technology in public schools, public libraries and related settings. It leads to state licensure for the North Carolina Advanced Licensure in Computers (077) and the Technology Facilitator Endorsement (079).
  • The Online Learning and Professional Development concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments.
  • With New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives, creative professionals dig deeper into their conceptual and functional understanding of new media, the internet and global education as it relates to its emerging role in education, training and faculty/staff development.

Program Format

Coursework will be delivered online in two formats:

  • Synchronous: One evening per week per class, students join their classmates and instructor for a three-hour class in real-time in virtual classroom.
  • Asynchronous: Coursework may be completed on the student's own schedule, except for individualized online meetings with the instructor.

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

NOTE: While it is recommended for those seeking the Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 track that they have a North Carolina "A" Licensure or the equivalent from another state, it is not required.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • GRE or MAT test scores no older than five years


Semester Start Application Deadline


November 1


July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.