Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Middle Grades Education M.Ed.

The graduate programs offered in Middle Grades Education at Georgia College at the T5 certification level are intended for persons who already hold or qualify for a level four (T4) Georgia Teacher's certificate. The advanced level of certification is associated with the completion of the Master of Education degree program with a major in Middle Grades Education. These programs extend and expand the study of the development of young adolescents at an advanced level as outlined in the conceptual framework. Within the context of the master's degree program, candidates are exposed to a wide variety of information related to education and work with young adolescents with particular emphasis on deepening their content knowledge, serving as mentors for beginning teachers, advocating for middle grades students in the larger professional community, and conducting action research in classrooms. 

Program Admission Requirements

  • Have a 2.75 or better GPA from an accredited college/university
  • Hold or be eligible for a Professional Certificate, level four (4) Georgia Teacher Certificate 
  • Submit two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format 
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • Submit verification of immunization (pdf)
Program of Study

The Master of Education degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work in professional education, the certification area, and program requirements or electives. The degree program must be completed within six years beginning with the initial date of course work. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form submitted to the appropriate departmental chairperson prior to enrollment. Up to nine (9)- graduate credit hours may be transferred with the approval of the advisor prior to course enrollment. The appropriate form and documentation must be submitted with your request. Grades below a C do not fulfill degree requirements.

Program of Study

Foundations (27 semester hours)

EDMG 6241Contemp Iss & Trends in MG Ed

4

EDMG 6050Teachers as Researchers I

4

EDMG 6060Teachers as Researchers II

4

EDMG 6240Curr & Methods MG Education

4

EDMG 6245MG Assessment Theory & Pract

4

EDMG 6255Family & School Partnerships

4

EDMG 6233Capstone

3

Content Area Courses (9 semester hours)

Total Credit Hours: 36


Graduate Assistantships

Limited Graduate Assistantships are available. Applications can be accessed at http://www.gcsu.edu/sites/files/page-assets/node-512/attachments/application_form_pdf.pdf.

Dismissal Policy

Any course in which a student earns less than a C will not be counted for graduate credit in the student’s master’s degree program, and any course in which a student earns less than a B will not be counted for graduate credit in the educational specialist programs. A graduate student will be placed on academic probation if the student’s institutional grade point average falls below 3.0 at any point during his or her graduate studies. A graduate student will be dismissed from the program if his/her grade point average stays below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters. As iterated in the student  Honor Code, academic honesty is a critical component of the academic process in the Middle Grades programs.  Submitting another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism; allowing another student to copy one’s own work is cheating.  Both, along with any other evidence of academic dishonesty, will be dealt with using the procedures outlined in the Graduate Catalog.