Program Overview

The online Education Specialist in Educational Administration degree program is designed to prepare graduates for higher levels of educational administrative responsibility, typically in specialized positions in central office administration. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills required to employ effective teaching practices and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational outcomes.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • A master's degree in School Administration from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA, or the M level school administrator license added on to a relevant master's degree
    • Approval of the admissions committee
    • A current principal licensure (NC License Code 12 or its equivalent from another state)
    • Completed online application to graduate school
    • Application fee 
    • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended 
    • Resume 
    • Three references
    • Writing sample 
    • GRE or MAT test scores no older than five years 


    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. 

    School Overview

    Founded in 1899, Appalachian State University is part of the University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning. Recognized for its leadership in sustainability, the University commits to research, service, and global awareness. Academic opportunities provide students with more than 150 undergraduate and graduate program options.

    ASU also offers distance learning, including hybrid and entirely online degrees, designed with flexibility for professionals and nontraditional students.

    All of Appalachian's undergraduate distance education programs support upper division coursework only for students, requiring students to first complete the minimum lower division coursework from a regionally accredited school. Online bachelor completion degrees include fields in business, education, nursing, and human services. 

    Graduate online opportunities are available, extending from graduate certificates and master’s degree programs to education specialist programs. Studies include fields in education, business and healthcare.


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