Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education


Program Overview

The Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education is designed for candidates who have already earned an M.Ed. in Secondary or 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.

Degree Highlights

The Ed.S. In Secondary or Middle Grades Education program coursework is fully online*, preparing professional teachers to enhance their content and instructional expertise and strengthening their ability to improve student learning.

  • Six content-based areas: Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • Completed in four semesters (15 months); 30 credit hours
  • 100% ONLINE options for concentrations in English, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and History
  • Hybrid options (80+% online): Secondary Chemistry
  • All degrees are approved for certificate upgrades by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Focus on learner-centered curriculum and instruction in the content areas
  • Small class sizes and individualized learning
  • Designed to advance middle grades and secondary teachers’ content knowledge and knowledge of diverse adolescent learners
  • Coursework may be transferred into the Ed.D. in Secondary and Middle Grades Education program
  • GRE waiver available (click here for details)

*The Secondary Chemistry Education program includes two content courses (6 credit hours) designed as hybrid courses. Students may also attend several face-to-face classes on campus during summer.

Program of Study

The program includes 30 total hours, including 9 hours of education and research core courses, 12 hours of secondary or middle grades major courses, and 9 hours of teaching field courses.

We offer the following degree options:

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

*All courses are Fully Online, except content courses in Chemistry Education and American Studies.

Sample Program of Study

SEMESTER I (Summer, 9 hours)

EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning
EDSM 8901: Capstone Seminar I
Content Field Course #1 (see Program of Study and Proposed Rotations for courses)

SEMESTER II (Fall, 6 hours)

EDRS 8200: Applied Quantitative Research I
Content Field Course #2 (see Program of Study and Proposed Rotations for courses)

SEMESTER III (Spring, 6 hours)

EDRS 8100: Applied Qualitative Research I
EDSM 8500: Emerging Trends & Research on Adolescence Development

SEMESTER IV (Summer, 9 hours)

EDSM 8902: Capstone Seminar II
EDSM 8701: Contemporary Issues in Educational Equity
Content Field Course #3 in Technology Focus (see Program of Study and Proposed Rotations for courses)

Total: 30 Hours

See Ed.S. In Secondary or Middle Grades Education Program of Study web page for more information

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned Master’s degree in professional education or a related field.
  2. A clear and renewable (or comparable) Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent in the teaching field to which you are applying or a related field.
  3. A minimum of three years of experience teaching the subject field in middle or secondary schools.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Online Graduate Application
  2. Completing the Online Graduate Application requires
    • submitting the following documents: Official transcripts from each college you attended.
    • A scanned copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent (or equivalent licensure).
    • A professional resume that documents your education, 3 years of teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.
    • The Research Response & Analysis writing sample.
    • Your GRE/MAT scores OR the GRE/MAT Waiver Form.

Final decisions by the admissions committee are based on a comprehensive, competitive review of all materials.


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

Contact Us

For more information about this degree program, please call 470.578.6314 or email edssmge@kennesaw.edu. For more information on graduate admissions, please call 470.578.6043 or email graded@kennesaw.edu.