Secondary and Middle Grades Education, M.Ed.

  • Program

    Master
  • Format

    Online
  • Credit Hours

    36
  • Completion Time

    4 to 6 semesters
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    1. Complete the Online Graduate Application.
    2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college or university attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope or electronically sent directly from the institution. Your transcripts should reflect, at least, a Bachelor's degree in professional education or a related field with, at least, a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and include evidence of successful completion of coursework related to the teaching field.
    3. Obtain and submit a copy of a valid teaching certificate in the teaching field and grade level for which the applicant is applying.
    4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.
    5. Complete and submit a Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that describes your philosophy of education and professional goals.
    6. Obtain two online recommendations that address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to adolescent learners.
    7. International Applicants Only: Please contact the International Student Admissions Office at 470.578.4377 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status or visit the Graduate International Admissions website.
  • 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.

    Download the Program of Study (PDF)
    • The program includes 36 total hours, including, at least, 15 credit hours of Core courses and 12 credit hours of Teaching Field courses. Candidates may take 9 credit hours of guided electives in an endorsement field that will add the respective endorsement to their teaching certificates, additional teaching field, or education courses at the graduate level.

      Download the Program of Study (PDF)
    • Candidates can finish the program in four (4) semesters by taking nine (9) credit hours each semester. However, candidates may choose to take fewer hours each semester to balance the demands of graduate school and teaching full-time, which would allow for program completion in five (5) or six (6) semesters.
    • You are strongly encouraged to check the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Upgrade Advisor before enrolling to determine if obtaining this degree or an endorsement will lead toward a pay and/or certificate upgrade.
    • Candidates should submit their completed application packets to the Graduate School by April 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall admission. ALL documents must be submitted by the deadline date to be considered for admission. You can find more information at The Graduate School's Admissions website, or you can apply online.
    • For more information about this degree program, please call 470.578.6314 or email medsmge@kennesaw.edu. For more information on graduate admissions, please call 470.578.6043 or email graded@kennesaw.edu.
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