Prospective Students

Why Appalachian?

  • Complete your classes totally online.
  • Learn from faculty in Appalachian's renowned Reich College of Education who are experts in teaching and learning.
  • Practice professional leadership in curriculum with co-teachers, faculty and public school administrators.
  • Graduate in two academic years and two summers.

Career Enhancement/Opportunities

  • Curriculum Instructional Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Curriculum Specialist


  • K-12 school districts across North Carolina and other states

Method of Delivery

Courses are delivered online making it possible for students to have access to the Curriculum Specialist program regardless of their location. Professors have been trained in effective online learning so that students may learn from the best. Networking between students is encouraged as a powerful way to link them to larger learning communities via technology. 

Application Essentials

Required Entrance Exam

GRE or MAT waivers are available if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and 3 or more years teaching experience.

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.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will be required to take the official general GRE or MAT exam in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3

Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); Also needed: proof of teacher licensure

Deadlines for Application: July 1st

Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.

Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).

Admission to Curriculum Specialist Program: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.

Transfer Credit: Credit may be transferred in for the Curriculum Specialist program with advisor approval and by following the Graduate School guidelines.

Program of Study


CI 5055 Designing Student-Centered Curriculum and Instruction (3)

CI 5630 Instructional Technology (3)

CI 5045 Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)

CI 5041 Assessment to Improve Learning and Inform Teaching (3)

CI 5060 Curriculum Planning (3)

CI 5040 Teacher as Researcher (3)

CI 5581 Advanced Curriculum Design (3)

CI 5585 Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)

CI 5050 Cultivating, Supporting, and Sustaining Excellence in Teaching (3)

CI 5880 Educational Regulations and Policies (3)

CI 5910 Applied Curriculum Specialist Skills (3)

Total Hours: 33

Typical Sequence of Classes

Courses may change depending on availability of faculty.

Fall XX

Spring XX

Summer XX

Fall XX

Spring XX

Summer XX

CI 5630CI 5045CI 5040CI 5581CI 5880CI 5910
CI 5055CI 5041CI 5060CI 5585CI 5050 


Successful completion of this program and a satisfactory score on the PRAXIS 5411 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision result in Curriculum Instructional Specialist, Level I licensure.