Accelerated Admission (4+1)

Accelerated Admission: When 4+1=2
Earn both your Appalachian bachelor's and master's in teacher education

The Reich College of Education in partnership with the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in an Accelerated Admission (4+1) program.

The following programs are offered in the College of Education: 

Why a master's?

  • More marketable to future employers - have more tools in your toolbox
  • Be an expert and highly qualified in your field of study
  • Gain master's level licensure
  • Potential to teach at a community college or university
  • Opportunity to move even further in your education, including our own Ed.D. program or other Ph.D. programs
  • Gain more specialized knowledge to help more students succeed

Timeline

These are generalized timelines for the time of admission process. 

Fall
Junior I

(60 to 74 earned hours)

Spring
Junior II

(75 to 89 earned hours)

Summer

Fall
Senior I

(90 to 104 earned hours)

Spring
Senior II

(104 to 120 earned hours)

Summer

Fall
Graduate I

Spring
Graduate II

Attend an information session

Complete nomination form.

Apply for the accelerated admission/graduate school by
April 1st 

Take one or two graduate courses

Take one or two graduate courses

Student teaching, plus one graduate course*

Graduate with your bachelors

Full-time graduate student

Take two graduate courses

Full-time graduate student

Full-time graduate student

Graduate with your masters 

 

Spring
Junior I

(60 to 74 earned hours)

Fall
Junior II

(75 to 89 earned hours)

Spring
Senior I

(90 to 104 earned hours)

Summer

Fall
Senior I

(104 to 120 earned hours)

Spring
Graduate I

Summer

Fall
Graduate II

Attend an information session

Complete nomination form.

Apply for the accelerated admission/graduate school by 
November 1st

Take one or two graduate courses

Take one or two graduate courses

Student teaching, plus one graduate course*

Graduate with your bachelors

Full-time graduate student

Full-time graduate student

Take two graduate courses

Full-time graduate student

Graduate with your masters 

 *Elementary education program exempted

Eligible Students are those who:

  • Have a 3.4 GPA
  • Are ready as seniors to take graduate coursework (must have completed 90 credit hours by the end of the nomination semester)
  • Are nominated by the graduate program director in the desired graduate program (see department pages for contact information)

If you meet the requirements, now what? Complete the more information form.

Questions

Contact Rebekah Saylors, RCOE Scholarship Coordinator and Accelerated Admission Recruiter at saylorsrw@appstate.edu or 828-262-2663.

Attend an information session March 1st, or stop by our booth at the Spring Teacher Education Career Fair March 27th.

For more information once you have been admitted, visit the Graduate School Page to get step by step instructions.

Please note that students must maintain a "B" or better in their graduate courses in order for them to transfer in after completing their undergraduate program.

Please note that distance education students taking graduate courses through main campus will have to pay main campus tuition. 

How to Apply

You will need the following items:

  1. Resume  - Learn More about resume assistance 
  2. Letters of Reference - Learn More about reference tips
  3. Nomination Form
  4. Profile for application portal

Review the step by step instructions of the application process. And learn more about best practices from Career Development. 

What Current Students Say

Casey LeFever
Undergraduate Major: Mathematics, Secondary Education
Graduate Major: Middle Grades Education
Why did you choose to do the Accelerated Admission 4+1 program?: I chose to participate in the 4+1 program to get a head start on a master's degree and to take advantage of the dual-listed courses I was already enrolled in during my senior year. When I first came to college I had little to no intention of pursuing a master's degree because I was ready to jump in front of a classroom as soon as possible. However, once I learned about the 4+1 program I became intrigued. I'd always considered the possibility of teaching middle grades but, as a secondary major, I felt disadvantaged at not having taken many of the adolescent development courses offered/required for middle grades majors. When I learned that I could enter the graduate program for middle grades education, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about working with young adolescents and to broaden my horizons as an educator before entering a classroom of my own.
Alexa Cook
Undergraduate Major: Special Education 
Graduate Major: Special Education 
Why did you choose to do the Accelerated Admission 4+1 program?: I knew that I wanted to get my Master's Degree coming into college and had set aside two years in my "life plan". When I found out about the 4+1 program I was very eager to check it out and potentially participate in it. I have really enjoyed learning about special education and was excited to know that I could begin taking courses that went into more depth about topics that were briefly touched on in my undergraduate classes. Participating in this program has been nothing but rewarding and such an incredible experience for anyone interested in earning their Master's Degree. 
Audrey Choplin
Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education 
Graduate Major: Elementary Education
Why did you choose to do the Accelerated Admission 4+1 program?: I chose to do the 4+1 program to further enhance the excellent training I received from the RCOE and to expand my career options in the future.  As an elementary school teacher there is so much to learn. This program is giving me a chance to expand my knowledge of content-specific methods and critical pedagogy so I am more prepared when I enter the classroom. I am interested in pursuing further education in the future. Getting my masters now will allow me to teach without taking classes in the evenings. I will be able to fully focus on my students and put all of my mental energy into supporting them. 
Kathleen Hatfield 
Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education
Graduate Major: Reading Education
Why did you choose to do the Accelerated Admission 4+1 program?: I chose to do the Accelerated Admissions 4+1 program because I got hooked on reading education and was excited to start on my graduate courses as soon as possible. Having both a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in reading education will make me a more marketable teacher when I start looking for a job. The fact that I did not have to take the GRE or the MAT was a great bonus. I no longer have to worry about the cost or the anxiety associated with the GRE and the MAT. Additionally, I have saved on tuition by taking a portion of my graduate classes during my undergraduate program. I am thankful that the Accelerated Admissions 4+1 program has given me the opportunity to save time and money while I pursue my goals of becoming an educated and versatile teacher.  


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