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Two degree options are offered within the Higher Education Program (use the menu at right for more information):

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Note: The Higher Education degrees are non-licensure degrees and do not lead to North Carolina K-12 teaching, administration, or supervision licensure.


The program offers three concentrations :

  • Adult and Developmental Education (M.A. and Ed.S.)
  • Community College and University Leadership (M.A.. and Ed.S.)
  • Teaching (M.A. only)


The Higher Education Graduate Program offers its degree coursework both on-campus and through App State Online.

  • On-campus students enroll full-time or part-time and take face-to-face classes on weeknights (6:00-9:00pm).
  • Off-campus cohorts are formed regularly and engage a consistent group of students in two courses per term. These courses are delivered through a hybrid approach, combining face-to-face instruction with online learning. Online components of coursework utilize ASU's Moodle-based platform (AsULearn) and cutting-edge virtual world technology. Some classes may be delivered completely online.

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