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Middle Grades Education

As one of the oldest middle school-specific teacher certification programs in the country, we are a leader in the field of middle school reform. We focus on several areas critical to the study of young adolescents and middle-grades education, such as:

  • Building relationships with students, families, communities, and peers
  • Understanding the power and possibility of young adolescents and supporting them in putting their power and possibility to work
  • Embracing an equity and justice orientation was a cornerstone of our work
  • Solving problems using an inquiry stance and evidence-based reasoning

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  • MAT in Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)

    This program is a leader in the field of middle school reform and is one of the oldest middle school-specific MAT programs in the nation. Program completion results in both a master's degree and in Georgia teacher certification in grades 4-8 in two subject areas.

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Student Organizations

Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

To promote and support the professional development of future middle-level/grade teachers.

Faculty advisor: Kathy F. Thompson

Faculty and Staff

Gayle Andrews Professor and Department Head
Hilary E. Hughes Associate Professor
Amy S. Murphy Clinical Associate Professor
Ajay Sharma Associate Professor
Katherine Finch Thompson Clinical Professor

Contact Info

630 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
© University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
706‑542‑3000