Master of Education in Middle Grades Education

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

A fully online program, the Master of Education in Middle Grades Education is designed for individuals who currently hold a renewable Induction or Professional Level Four Certificate or equivalent in Middle Grades Education with certification in one of the following concentration areas:

  • Middle Grades Language Arts
  • Middle Grades Mathematics
  • Middle Grades Science
  • Middle Grades Social Studies

This master’s program is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. You will experience program outcomes meant to drive your teaching career forward.

The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC’s certificate upgrade requirements.

(Note: Individuals seeking initial certification and those who hold a non-renewable (NR) teacher certification, should pursue the Teaching M.A.T. degree rather than this Master in Education [M.Ed.] degree program.)

Admissions Information

  1. Complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level four teaching certificate in Middle Grades Education, or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. The certificate must be in one or more of the following concentration areas: Middle Grades Language Arts Education, Middle Grades Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Science Education, or Middle Grades Social Studies Education. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level four teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certification will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of coursework after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service and must be a course-by-course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation