Secondary and Middle Grades Education, M.Ed.

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Become an evidence-based instructional leader, reflective scholar-practitioner, and responsive change agent.

Best Online Masters

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary and Middle Grades Education is for teachers certified in middle (4-8) or secondary (6-12) English/language arts, history/social studies, mathematics, or the sciences.

Why choose the M.Ed. in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at KSU?

The M.Ed. in Secondary and Middle Grades Education may serve as a bridge to the Ed.S. or Ed.D. in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University. For the Ed.S., 6 credit hours may be transferred from the M.Ed. For the Ed.D., 9 credit hours may be transferred from the M.Ed. Students may have their transcripts analyzed by the Program Coordinator to verify program-related standards to possibly receive additional credit hours applied toward the Ed.S. or Ed.D.

Degree Highlights

  • Program: Master
    Credit Hours: 36
    Format: Online
    Completion Time: 4 to 6 semesters
  • Four content areas in Secondary Education:

    English
    History
    Mathematics
    Science

    Four content areas in Middle Grades Education:

    Language Arts
    Mathematics
    Science
    Social Studies

  • Utilizes a content-focused, standards-based program.
    Creates evidence-based instructional leaders who know how to build on the strengths and meet the needs of all learners.
  • Cultivates reflective scholar-practitioners who know how to use, produce, and disseminate educational research.
    Develops responsive change agents who know how to maintain partnerships with families and communities.

Mariah Simmons describes her experiences in the M.Ed. in Secondary Education with a Mathematics concentration.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC 7700: Reflective Inquiry for Transformative Teaching and Learning
    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.
  • EDUC 7750: Differentiation, Academic Language, and Assessment in Middle and Secondary Classrooms
    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.
  • EDUC 7752: Transformative Teaching and Learning with Families and Communities
    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.
  • EDUC 7797: Capstone in Middle and Secondary Grades Education
    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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - You must hold certification in middle or secondary education in the concentration you are applying for. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com.
  • Personal Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and describe your beliefs about education at the secondary or middle grade level goals relative to the
  • Master of Education in Secondary and Middle Grades Education (SMGE).
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer, and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application.
  • Recommendation must come from a Principal, an Assistant Principal, or a Teaching Administrator such as a Grade-Level Chair, Instructional Lead Teaching, OR University Faculty members or administrators. 

Degree Requirements

To complete the M.Ed. in Secondary and Middles Grades Education, candidates must:

  1. Complete of a minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate coursework, including:
    • 15 credit hours of Core courses;
    • 12 credit hours of Teaching Field courses; and
    • 9 credit hours of guided electives.
  2. Complete of a minimum of 27 semester hours of the total 36 hours in full standing at Kennesaw State University.
  3. Meet KSU's requirements for satisfactory graduate student performance and for graduation, as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the KSU Graduate Catalog.

There is also the opportunity to earn an endorsement while pursuing the M.Ed. degree.

Deadline

Spring, Nov 1 | Summer, April 1 | Fall, July 1

Contact Us

For more information please email the Program Coordinator at medsmge@kennesaw.edu.

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