Specialist of Education in Middle Grades Education
The Ed.S. in Middle Grades Education is designed for candidates who have already earned an M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education or a related field and wish to continue graduate study in order to enhance their expertise and improve their practice. Candidates will develop in-depth knowledge and skills to implement in their classrooms and schools in ways that advance all students’ rights to an education that supports social and economic justice and academic success. Courses focusing on technology, learner-centered curriculum and instruction, learners and families from diverse backgrounds, and critical pedagogy that will aid candidates in meeting these crucial needs.
The program includes 30 total hours, including 9 hours of education and research core courses, 12 hours of middle grades major courses, and 9 hours of teaching field courses.
We offer the 100% fully online Ed.S. degree with four concentrations: Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Mathematics, Middle Grades Science, and Middle Grades Social Studies. All degrees are approved for certificate upgrades by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
For more information about this program, please visit the Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education page.
An earned Master’s degree in professional education or a related field.
A clear and renewable (or comparable) Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent in the teaching field to which you are applying or a related field.
A minimum of three years of experience teaching the subject field in middle or secondary schools.
Research Response & Analysis writing sample and instructions: The applicant will select from a list of recent research articles in their area of content expertise and provide a 3-5 page written response to the article. Download list of pdf articles - Urban Legend, ENED-1, ENED-2, and ENED-3.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller’s Analogies Test; OR Submit the GRE/MAT Waiver Form indicating any one of the following: That you hold an advanced degree in a teaching field related to your certification area with a GPA of 3.8 or higher on a 4 point scale; OR That you hold National Board Certification in an Early Adolescent or Adolescent, Young Adult certification area; OR That you have 7 years of professional teaching experience AND an undergraduate GPA in a teaching field of 3.5 or higher on a 4 point scale.