Cohort Model & Delivery Platforms

Cohort Structure

The cohort model of education is central to the Doctoral Program. Students acquire skills in using research to understand organizational and social issues, with a growing capacity for leading adaptive, sustainable, and just change. Through a selective admissions process, cohort members are chosen from a diverse cross-section of educational leadership settings. The cohort structure allows for the integration of educational scholarship and practice in a supportive, collegial environment. Cohorts are located both on and off of Appalachian’s main campus. Off campus cohorts are offered on alternate odd years in Catawba County and Forsyth County. Online cohorts begin in 2019.  

Delivery Platforms

To accommodate working students, the 33 core curriculum credit hours are offered one afternoon and evening per week for two academic years -- including summer sessions for our on campus cohorts. For our off-campus cohorts, we offer a hybrid platform. Classes meet face to face for one afternoon and one evening on the same day every other week. On the weeks where students do not meet face to face, they meet online. An online cohort is beginning in fall 2019 that will include both synchronous and asynchronous classes. The online program will require two and a half days of summer residency for a mandatory orientation and 1 and a half days of winter residency for a mandatory networking summit. 

Program Concentrations

*The Dual Ed.S./Ed.D. degree track is only offered with Educational Administration or Higher Education Administration.