Secondary & Middle Grades Education

Ed.D. Middle Grades Mathematics

This program is in the process of being updated. Program updates will be made available in November of 2017.

Program Description

The Ed.D. in Middle Grades Education is designed for candidates who possess a clear renewable (or comparable) T-5 certificate and hold a master’s degree in a PSC 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 cognate 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 Middle Grades is fully embedded in the Ed.D. program. Those students who complete the Ed.S. in Middle Grades 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 21 hours credit toward the Ed.D.

Click Here to view the Critical Understandings and Performance Outcomes of Graduates of the Ed.S. & Ed.D. in Middle Grades or Secondary Education.

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. Research Response & Analysis writing sample. 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. Click here Research Response and Analysis Prompt for the specific instructions ( Download list of pdf articles - Urban Legend, ENED-1, ENED-2 and ENED-3 ).
  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.
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:

April 1 for Summer consideration - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date.
July 1 for Fall admission - All documents must be submitted by deadline date.

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