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.

By sharpening your skills and knowledge about digitalized media networks and innovative learning technologies, you will be positioned for careers ranging from K-12 through four-year colleges.

This App State Online 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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  • Technology facilitator
  • Librarians
  • Instructional technology specialist
  • Nonprofit organizations

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). Click for course information.
  • The Online Learning and Professional Development concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments. Click for course information.
  • 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. Click for course information.

(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Program information

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.
  • Completion time: two years
  • A dual-master’s degree is available with the Master of Library Science. Please refer questions to the program contact.
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Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Note: Those seeking the Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 track must have a North Carolina "A" Licensure or the equivalent from another state.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed or electronic) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume
  • Three references

Professional Licensure

This is a program that leads to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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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.

Hear from an Alumnus

Dan Loges

“Having a master's degree from Appalachian was the magic key that I needed to unlock the doors of opportunity. …My new employers were also impressed that I studied online learning.”

Dan Loges ‘18

Miranda Lim

“…before pursuing my master’s degree, I relied on on-the-job training, relationships with mentors, and professional development opportunities to get up to speed on trends in instructional design and educational technology. I wanted to learn the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of my work, so I searched for a graduate program that would let me continue with my career while taking classes.”

Miranda Lim ‘17