The Appalachian Studies specialization in the Content Area Studies concentration is a 30- hour program designed for preK-12 teachers in the region who wish to incorporate place-based education strategies in their classrooms.
Required Courses 12 hrs.
All M.S. in Education students are required to complete 12 semester hours of course work that comprise a common core or common knowledge base. Students are encouraged to complete the required common core courses early in their program of study, particularly the research course (EDEF 606), which is required within the first 9 hours.
The common core courses are:
- EDET 620 - Educational Technology: Applications, Applied Research and Integration
- EDEF 606 - Educational Research
- EDUC 670 - Basic Principles and Practices of Multicultural Education
- EDEF 607 - Foundations of Education
Appalachian Studies coursework 18 hrs. (to be selected from list below with certain courses required).
- APST610: Foundations of Appalachian Studies (required)
- APST620: New Perspectives in Appalachian Studies (required)
- APST630: Political Economy and Community Development in Appalachia
- APST640: Community-based Research and Grant Writing
- ENGL648: Appalachian Literature
- APST560: Current Issues in Appalachian Studies
- APST590: Highland Summer Conference Writers’ Workshop
- APST595: Research in Appalachia
- APST680: Internship in Appalachia
- APST698: Directed Study/Capstone in Appalachian Studies (required)
- ENGL590: Highland Summer Conference Writers’ Workshop
- ENGL 648: Studies in Oral and Written Literature of Appalachia
- ENGL698: Directed Study, when topic relates to Appalachian theme
- ENGL699: M.A. Thesis when topic relates to Appalachian theme
- SOCY511: Appalachian Cultures
- SOCY586: Engaging the Community
Post-Baccalaureate Appalachian Studies Certificate
Applicants who are not interested in pursuing a full Master's degree may be interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Appalacgian Studies Certificate. The certificate is relevant to preK-12 teachers in the region who already hold a Master's in Education but wish to incorporate place-based education strategies in their classrooms. Also, post-secondary educators, community organizers, nonprofit organization leaders, and business and health professionals in the region will benefit from obtaining the certificate.