MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION


Objectives of the Program        

Admission to the Program        

PROGRAM OF STUDY        

Some Acceptable Courses for Substitutions        




This program leads to the T-5 certification in Middle Grades Education and is designed to prepare master teachers to work with children in grades 4-8. This program also provides knowledge and skills for teachers to serve in leadership roles in curriculum development, supervision and research in the field of Middle Grades Education.  

The purpose of the M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education is to promote leadership for 4-8 populations. Candidates complete 36 hours of courses designed to augment resourceful and imaginative problem-solving skills for 4-8 populations.  All classes implement the College of Education's conceptual framework: Reflective transformative practitioner, culturally-responsive practitioner, technologically-competent practitioner. Candidates have to be admitted by the Graduate Admissions Office before being admitted into the program.


Objectives of the Program

The basic objective of the Master's of Education program in Middle Grades Education is to provide teachers with the opportunity to:

  1. Compare their teaching practices with current research-based practices and make changes where necessary;
  2. Extend their knowledge and skills in a chosen area of educational interest;
  3. Present intellectually challenging thoughts and practices to students;
  4. Integrate new materials and methods of teaching into students' teaching repertoire;
  5. Encourage interest in conducting research;
  6. Increase competencies in research techniques; and
  7. Increase students' ability to recognize relevant research, which they can use to become more effective in their classrooms.



Admission to the Program

Admission to the Middle Grades Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Middle Grades Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Middle Grades Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Middle Grades Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Middle Grades Education program under the same categories of admission.




PROGRAM OF STUDY


Area A - Nature of the Learner 3 hrs

PSYC

5530

Adolescent Psychology

SPED

5547

Behavioral Management of Exception Children

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology




Area B - Programs and Problems of the School 6 hrs

EDUC

5509

Philosophy of Education

MGED

5541

   Nature & Curriculum Needs of Middle Grade Students




Area C - Teaching Field (Minimum of 15 hours)  15 hrs

Mathematics


MGED

5532

Methods & Materials for Teaching Mathematics in Middle Grades

MGED

5530

Math Concepts in Middle Childhood Education

MATH

5202

Technology-Oriented Mathematics

MATH

5311

Geometry for Teachers




Language Arts

MGED

5520

Language Arts Concepts for Middle Childhood

READ

5503

Improving Reading Instruction for Middle School

ENGL

5615

Advanced Exposition for Teachers




EDRG

(5594,5595, or 5596) Reading Endorsement Elective



Science



EDUC

5570

Strategies of Instruction in Science

MGED

5572

Methods and Materials of Teaching Science

PHYS

5500

Earth Science

BIOL

5503

Selected Topics in Human Biology

BIOL

5519

Plant Biology




Social Science

SSCI

5580

Social Studies Concepts and Issues

MGED

5581

Methods & Materials in Teaching Social Studies

SSCI

5583

Social Studies for Global Understanding




Area D - Research (Minimum of 6 hours) 6 hrs

EDUC

5501

Educational Research

EDUC

5502

Action/Classroom Research

EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics




Area E - Middle Grades Electives (Minimum of 6 hours) 6 hrs

EDUC

5502

Action/Classroom Research

EDUC

5540

Curriculum Principles

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology

SPED

5501

Exceptional Children

SPED

5547

Behavioral Management of Exceptional Children

Total Required Hours 36 hours



Some Acceptable Courses for Substitutions

(Substitutions must be approved by your advisor and related to areas of concentration)

EDAS        5501        Introduction to Organizational Leadership (Area E)

EDUC        5540        Curriculum Principles (Area B or E)

EDUC        5587        Introduction to Teacher Support Services (Area C)

EDUC        5588        Internship in Supervising Student Teaching (Area C)

EDRG        5594        Introduction to Theory and Pedagogy in Reading (Area C or E)

EDRG        5595        Diagnostic & Prescriptive Procedures in Reading (Area C or E)

EDRG        5596        Content Area Literacy (Area C or E)

PSYC        5515        Educational Psychology (Area A or E)

SPED        5501        Exceptional Children (Area E)

SPED        5547        Behavior Management of Exceptional Children (Area A or E)