Masters Program Details

The Middle Grades Masters program leads to a T-5 certificate. Students must select an area of specialization in Biology, Mathematics, English, History, Economics, Political Science, Earth Science or Broad Field Science. This degree requires 9 hours of coursework selected from professional education courses, 15 of content specialization, and 9 elective hours.  Students can apply by clicking the Graduate Admissions tab on this page. Also, note the program sheet on this page which describes the coursework.

Program Description

The Middle Grades Masters program leads to a T-5 certificate. Students must select an area of specialization in Biology, Mathematics, English, History, Economics, Political Science, Earth Science or Broad Field Science. This degree requires 9 hours of coursework selected from professional education courses, 15 of content specialization, and 9 elective hours.? Students can apply by clicking the Graduate Admissions tab on this page. Also, note the program sheet on this page which describes the coursework.

Method of Delivery

Partially online

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 12

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

The program currently requires 36 hours of coursework. Many of the courses are delivered online.  Others are offered at times that accomodate working professionals.

See complete Program of Study Advisement Sheet for Middle Grades Education.

Psychology of Classroom Learning - CEPD-6101
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

Culture and Society in Education - EDFD-7303
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A critical analysis of cultural and sociological factors and their effect on issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices.

History of American Education - EDFD-7305
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A survey of the development and patterns of public education in this country.

Critical Issues in Education - EDFD-7307
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A study of selected issues affecting educational thought and schooling practices emphasizing critical analysis of the cultural and sociological contexts of school-societal problems.

Philosophical Foundations of Education - EDFD-7309
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A survey of philosophical thought foundational to educational theory and practice.

Research in Education - EDRS-6301
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: The study of the general principles of qualitative and quantitative research designs with an emphasis on students becoming consumers of educational research.

Strategies for Teaching Language Arts - MGED-7261
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Exploration of techniques and strategies for teaching the four components (reading, writing, listening, speaking) of language arts in the middle grades.

Strategies for Teaching Social Studies - MGED-7262
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Exploration of techniques and strategies for teaching the social studies in the middle grades.

Strategies for Teaching Mathematics - MGED-7263
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Exploration of techniques and strategies for teaching mathematics in the middle grades.

Strategies Teaching Science - MGED-7264
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: The exploration of techniques and strategies for teaching science in the middle grades.

Issues in Middle Grades Education - MGED-7271
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An intensive study of the middle school learner, the middle school curriculum, and selected methods and techniques of instruction and organization appropriate for the middle school setting in light of current trends and issues.

Comparative Education - PTED-7246
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to compare the educational system of the United States with selected educational systems of the world.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
  • A teaching certificate is required for this program.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - June 1
  • Spring - Nov 15
  • Summer - May 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

 

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6125 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email:ctompkin@westga.edu

 

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Education
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street

The Program Website - includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

For M.Ed. in Secondary Education and M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education advising, contact Dr. Robert Morris (rmorris@westga.edu)

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Teachers are Committed to Students and Their Learning NBCTs are dedicated to making knowledge accessible to all students. They believe all students can learn. They treat students equitably. They recognize the individual differences that distinguish their students from one another and they take account for these differences in their practice. NBCTs understand how students develop and learn. They respect the cultural and family differences students bring to their classroom. They are concerned with their students
  • Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students. NBCTs have mastery over the subject(s) they teach. They have a deep understanding of the history, structure and real-world applications of the subject. They have skill and experience in teaching it, and they are very familiar with the skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject. They are able to use diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding.
  • Teachers are Responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning. NBCTs deliver effective instruction. They move fluently through a range of instructional techniques, keeping students motivated, engaged and focused. They know how to engage students to ensure a disciplined learning environment, and how to organize instruction to meet instructional goals. NBCTs know how to assess the progress of individual students as well as the class as a whole. They use multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding, and they can clearly explain student performance to parents.
  • Teachers Think Systematically about Their Practice and Learn from Experience. NBCTs model what it means to be an educated person
  • Teachers are Members of Learning Communities. NBCTs collaborate with others to improve student learning. They are leaders and actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses. They work with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development. They can evaluate school progress and the allocation of resources in order to meet state and local education objectives. They know how to work collaboratively with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school.