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 (score must be no more than 5 years old)

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: Priority screening dates are listed in parentheses, if applicable. Applications that are not complete by the priority screening date risk denial of admission due to no seats available.

  • Spring: x
  • Summer Session 1: x
  • Summer Session 2: x
  • Fall: 7/1 (online)

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 5050 Supervision of Instruction (3)
  • CI 5060 Curriculum Planning (3)
  • CI 5591 Advanced Curriculum Design (3)
  • CI 5910 Applied Curriculum Specialist Skills (3)
  • LSA 5010 Public School Administration (3)
  • CI 5055 Connecting Learners with Subject Matter (3)
  • CI/SPE 5045 Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)
  • CI 5530 Educational Regulations and Policies (3)
  • CI 5041 Assessment to Improve Learning and Inform Teaching (3)
  • CI 5585 Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
  • CI 5525 Product of Learning (1-3)

Select One:

  • CI/RES/SPE 5040 Teacher as Researcher (3)
  • RES 5560 Classroom Assessment (3)

Select One:

  • CI 5630 Instructional Technology (3)
  • ITC 5220 Digital Technologies in Education (3)


To be selected with the advice and approval of advisor (3-5)

Total Hours: 39

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 5040LSA 5010CI 5585CI 5910
CI 5055CI 5041CI 5060CI 5530CI 5050CI 5591
   CI 5525 (1)CI 5525 (1)CI 5525 (1)


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.