The online program for rural educators begins each Fall term.
This program is designed primarily for, but not limited to, aspiring leaders in rural school districts, and the curriculum has been tailored to address the challenges faced by rural schools. An online delivery and a program design that incorporates interactive learning sessions was chosen so that educators outside of the most populated areas could come together in a highly collaborative, targeted program.
All coursework is completed entirely online in four consecutive terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall). All students will need to complete a comprehensive at-home exam prior to graduation.
To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.
The program coordinators can help you determine which online delivery option best fits your needs.
Each course will include synchronous learning sessions where the professor and students meet online at the same time. These sessions are tentatively planned for Mondays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and one Wednesday per month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. (all Mountain Time). Students will have input on session scheduling.
Spencer Weiler, PhD
Applications are accepted until July 1 each year for the Fall start, but this online program is capped at 15-20 students each year and often fills up by mid-summer. Please contact Dr. Weiler about available space.
Applicants for Online Programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.
You will apply to the program and then submit additional materials (International students: please read additional instructions further below).
Once your application packet is complete, it will be reviewed by the Graduate School, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and the School of Special Education.
All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:
** = Items marked with ** are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.
For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email email@example.com, or call 970-351-2831.