Appalachian’s Master of Arts degree in Higher Education provides 36 semester hours of graduate work to prepare individuals for mid- and upper-level positions in postsecondary education. This degree is for those interested in beginning or advancing careers in higher or adult education. It provides opportunities for students to explore and apply research and theory to the complex contexts of today’s educational environments.
You can choose from one of the following three concentrations:
- Adult Development and Education (ADE) – Prepares individuals to teach in or administer developmental education and learning assistance programs; adult literacy, basic education, and GED programs; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs; career-technical programs; or adult education/training programs offered by community agencies.
- Community College and University Leadership (CCUL) – Qualifies graduates for a wide variety of administrative and leadership positions in areas such as academic administration, financial aid, multicultural student development, institutional research, residence life, media relations, advancement, international education and career development. The program integrates theory and practice to enable graduates to address the diverse and complex demands of leadership in today’s rapidly changing educational environments.
- (College) Teaching – Prepares individuals for teaching positions in community colleges and universities by cultivating expertise both in the particular discipline and in the skills needed to design powerful learning environments for today’s diverse college students. In addition to the courses in professional education, students will take 18 graduate hours in a discipline (e.g., psychology, history, English).
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin at these links:
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).
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 Higher Education: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- Adult Basic Skills/Adult Literacy
- Two-year and four-year institutions across the Southeast and U.S.
- Spring on campus: 11/1 (10/1)
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall on campus: 4/1 (3/15)
- Appalachian’s Higher Education program provides a sense of community between faculty and students, with a low student-to-faculty ratio combined with strong support and mentorship.
- Internships, professional development and workshops allow students to tailor the higher education experience specifically to their interests.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
On campus and Online
For ADE concentration:
Graduates are prepared for positions in developmental education, learning assistance, ESL, basic skills, literacy programs and adult education programs in roles such as:
- Basic skills/developmental education instructors
- ESOL instructors
- Faculty in career-tech programs
- Leaders in adult and developmental education
- Learning specialists
- Professional developers/trainers
- Program directors or coordinators
- Tutorial coordinators
For CCUL concentration:
Graduates typically advance to mid- and upper-level management and administrative positions in colleges and universities in areas such as:
- Academic administration
- Career development
- Distance education
- Financial aid
- Institutional research
- Marketing and advancement
- Multicultural student development
- Student success programs
Dr. Vachel Miller