Appalachian Studies

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 credit hours)

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.

COMMON CORE COURSES

  • 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 CURRICULUM (18 CREDIT HOURS, CERTAIN COURSES REQUIRED)

  • APST 610 - Foundations of Appalachian Studies (required)
  • APST 620 - New Perspectives in Appalachian Studies (required)
  • APST 630 - Political Economy and Community Development in Appalachia
  • APST 640 - Community-based Research and Grant Writing
  • ENGL 648 - Appalachian Literature
  • APST 560 - Current Issues in Appalachian Studies
  • APST 590 - Highland Summer Conference Writers’ Workshop
  • APST 595 - Research in Appalachia
  • APST 680 - Internship in Appalachia
  • APST 698 - Directed Study/Capstone in Appalachian Studies (required)
  • ENGL 590 - Highland Summer Conference Writers’ Workshop
  • ENGL 648 - Studies in Oral and Written Literature of Appalachia
  • ENGL 698 - Directed Study, when topic relates to Appalachian theme
  • ENGL 699 - M.A. Thesis when topic relates to Appalachian theme
  • SOCY 511 - Appalachian Cultures
  • SOCY 586 - 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 Appalachian 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. 

Post-secondary educators, community organizers, nonprofit organization leaders, and business and health professionals in the region will benefit from obtaining the certificate.