Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8) M.Ed. (Online)

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours


Candidates must select one area of concentration from the areas in which they are currently certified.

  • Middle Grades Language Arts Education
  • Middle Grades Mathematics Education
  • Middle Grades Science Education
  • Middle Grades Social Studies Education

Certificate Upgrade Information: An educator who holds a level four Georgia certificate in Middle Grades Education will qualify for a level five certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. (See catalog section on Certification).

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level four teaching certificate in Middle Grades Education, or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. The certificate must be in one or more of the following concentration areas: Middle Grades Language Arts Education, Middle Grades Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Science Education, or Middle Grades Social Studies Education. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level four teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certification will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion. 
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements9
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research
Foundations of Technology-Enabled Learning
Content-Specific Requirements9
Trends in the Content Areas
Readings and Research in the Content Areas
Plus the advanced pedagogy course in one's area of certification:
Early Adolescent Literature
Teaching Middle Grades and Secondary Mathematics
Trends in Middle and Secondary Science
Trends in Middle and Secondary Social Studies
Additional Requirements12
Classroom Assessment and Data Literacy
Enhancing Student Performance
Effective Middle Schools
MED Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education 1
Electives toward endorsement or certificate (Complete 6 hours toward one of the listed endorsements or certificate below). 26
Total Credit Hours36

Other Program Requirements

  • Successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.

  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your My PSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under My PSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647) 
​Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu