Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education


Program Description

The Ed. D. degree in Secondary Education is designed for candidates who possess a teaching certificate and hold a master's degree in a Georgia Professional Standards Commission recognized area of certification. Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to serve as learner-centered specialists engaging in scholarly inquiry and research. Through the teaching field courses and electives they deepen their expertise in a chosen area of study. This program of study thus provides the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically-based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just.

The Ed.S. in Secondary Education is fully embedded in the Ed. D. program. Those students who complete the Ed.S. in Secondary Education at Kennesaw State may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. Those students who have completed their Ed. S. at another institution will be eligible to have their transcripts analyzed and can possibly receive up to 17 hours credit toward the Ed.D.

Program of Study

To complete the program, candidates take 15 credit hours in Education and Research Core courses, 36 credit hours in major area 1 teaching field pedagogy and area 2 teaching field content courses, 6 credit hours in cognate/guided electives, and 9 credit hours in dissertation. There is also the opportunity to earn an endorsement while pursuing the Ed. D. degree. A list of endorsement options may be found here.

We offer the following degree options (all programs are HYBRID; however the first 30 hours comprising the Ed. S. portion of the degree are fully ONLINE; except for science/chemistry):

  • Ed.D. in Middle Grades Language Arts or Secondary English
  • Ed.D in Middle Grades Mathematics or Secondary Mathematics
  • Ed.D. in Middle Grades Science or  Secondary Chemistry
  • Ed.D. in Middle Grades Social Studies or Secondary History

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. A clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent.
  3. At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
  4. 4. Research Response & Analysis writing sample. The applicant will select from two recent research articles in their area of content expertise and provide a 3-5 page written response to the article. Click here Research Response and Analysis Prompt for the specific instructions. Click here for the research article, Kirschner et al., “Do Student Really Know Best?” for Science/Chemistry; Social Studies/History and Mathematics. Click here for the research article, Baker-Bell et al., “The Stories They Tell,” for English/Language Arts.
  5. 5. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for completion of an Ed. D. degree in Secondary or Middle Grades Education include:

  1. completion of a minimum of 66 hours of approved graduate coursework,
  2. completion of a minimum of 49 semester hours of the total 66 hours in full standing at Kennesaw State University, and
  3. meeting KSU's requirements for satisfactory graduate student performance and for graduation, as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the KSU Graduate Catalog.

How do I Apply

  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect at least three years of teaching experience.
  5. Complete and submit a Professional Reflections Statement.
  6. Complete and submit the Research Response & Analysis writing sample.
  7. Submit a copy of official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Services.
  8. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  9. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770 499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://graduate.kennesaw.edu/admissions/apply/international-students.php


April 1 for admissions for summer semester - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date.
July 1 for admissions for fall semester - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date.

Contact Us

For more information, please call (470) 578-6043 or email us at GradEd@kennesaw.edu or eddsmge@kennesaw.edu.