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SMGE

Secondary & Middle Grades Education

M.Ed. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

Program of Study

Program Total: 36 Credit Hours

The program includes 36 total hours, including at least 15 hours of core courses and 12 hours of teaching field courses. Candidates may take elective courses in an endorsement field to add the respective endorsement to their teaching certificates.

We offer the following degree options:

  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Language Arts or M.Ed. in Secondary English (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Mathematics or M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Science or M.Ed. in Secondary Science (HYBRID)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Social Studies or M.Ed. in Secondary History (ONLINE/HYBRID**)

*The Language Arts/English and Mathematics programs are fully online when candidates complete an endorsement. Endorsement options may be found here.

**The Social Studies/Secondary History programs are offered as fully online when the cohort size for these teaching fields are, at least, 10 students. Otherwise, the programs are hybrid.

Core Courses: All courses required for a total of 15 credit hours

Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed below.

This course prepares teachers to become responsive educators who know how to improve middle and secondary grades content learning for all students through assessment, differentiation, and academic language, particularly in the service of English learners and students with special needs. Course includes 20-hour field experience in approved educational setting with English learners and/or students with disabilities.

Offered as an online course in the ____ semester.
This course prepares advanced candidates to become responsive change agents who know how to develop and sustain partnerships with families and communities to improve middle and secondary grades content learning for all students. Theories and practical approaches to effective middle and secondary grades teaching and learning in collaboration with families and communities will be explored. Course includes 20-hour field experience in approved educational setting with English learners and/or students with disabilities and their families.

Offered as an online course each ____ semester.
Candidates will develop a functional understanding of quantitative and qualitative research as applied to educational arena. Emphasis is placed on candidates acquisition of analytical and interpretive skills.

Offered as an online course every semester.
This course introduces advanced candidates to the concepts of reflective inquiry and transformative teaching and learning as key tools to become agents of change. Advanced candidates will learn how to self-assess their own teaching practices, develop a growth plan for transformative teaching based on their reflection, locate quality research related to the issues identified in their own self-assessment, and write a literature review.

Offered as an online course each ___ semester.
This course prepares advanced candidates to work under the supervision of faculty to demonstrate their expertise in a focused area of their teaching field through an independent, research-based capstone project. Candidates will also provide evidence of their efforts to transform their practice based on the specific strategies and knowledge bases developed and/or deepened in the program. Course includes 20-hour field experience in an approved educational setting with middle or secondary students.

Offered as an online course each ____ semester.

Teaching Field Courses: A minimum of 12 credit hours is required

Students take a minimum of 12 credit hours in the teaching field. Students take graduate-level courses in the teaching field that are approved by graduate program coordinator. One of the required teaching field courses must be an Instructional Technology course taken according to the teaching field.

ENGL 7741: Technology and Media in English and Language Arts and courses with ENGL, PRWR, ENED, or EDRD prefixes at 5000+ level
SCI 7900: Technology and Science** and courses with SCED, SCI, BIOL, PHYS, or CHEM prefixes at 5000+ level

**Graduate program coordinator will approve ITEC 7400 as a teaching field course for science concentrations only when science teaching field-specific technology course is not offered in a given academic year.
HIST 7900: Technology for Historians and History Educators** and courses with SSED, HIST, AMST, GEOG, POLS prefixes at 5000+ level

**Graduate program coordinator will approve ITEC 7400 as a teaching field course for history and social studies concentrations only when history teaching field-specific technology course is not offered in a given academic year.
MAED 7719: Technology and Mathematics and courses with MAED, MATH, STAT prefixes at 5000+ level

Elective Courses: A total of 9 credit hours is required

Students take nine credit hours of elective courses as follows:

  • Endorsement courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator
  • Additional education courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator
  • Additional teaching field courses at graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator

Additional Information

Students must petition to graduate during the semester PRIOR to their graduation semester. See the KSU Registrar’s website for more information.

Contact your M.Ed. EDUC Advisor at MEdSMGE@kennesaw.edu and your M.Ed. teaching field advisor for advising.