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As one of the oldest and most prestigious middle school-specific teacher certification programs in the nation, the BSEd in Middle Grades Education offers you unique opportunities to teach grades 4-8.

As a recognized leader in the field of middle school reform, we focus our degree program on the study of young adolescents and middle grades education.

Program Highlights

  1. Continually ranked in the top 5 by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Internationally recognized faculty
  3. Earn Georgia teacher certification in grades 4-8
  4. Certification in two subject areas
  5. Program uses a cohort-based model
  6. Various joint bachelor's/master's degrees are available through Double Dawgs Pathways

Deadline to Apply

Rolling admissions; consult advisor

Faculty and Curriculum

Our degree program focuses on the study of young adolescents and middle grades education with a special emphasis on:

  • School-university partnerships
  • Diversity
  • The development of positive learning environments
  • Education for students from high-poverty and non-native English speaking populations
  • Middle grades curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Subject-specific education (such as mathematics, science, etc.)
  • Family and community engagement
  • Civic education
  • Middle school policy studies

Our courses cover topics such as:

  • The philosophy behind middle schools
  • Young adolescent learners
  • Planning and instruction in middle schools
  • The role of family-school-community interactions

You will take seven courses required by your major and 10 courses related to your area of emphasis.

Content-area courses give you the opportunity to study one of the following combinations in two content areas you plan to teach:

  • Language arts and science
  • Language arts and social studies
  • Mathematics and language arts
  • Mathematics and science
  • Social studies and mathematics
  • Science and social studies

Additional certification requirements include passing:

  • Major requirements
  • Area of emphasis requirements (10 courses)
  • GACE I and II area of emphasis assessments, and successfully completing the edTPA portfolio

Our school-based field experiences include:

  • First year
    We place you in a middle-grades classroom with an experienced mentor teacher.
  • Second year
    We place you in a different school context, and you'll remain there the entire school year. You'll teach part-time in the fall semester and then as a full-time student teacher during the spring semester.

Learn more about the Middle Grades Double Dawg Pathways

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Student Life

Through our partnership with the UGA/Clarke County schools' Professional Development School District, we use an innovative student-centered approach to improve quality of education. You benefit from collaborations with experienced teachers and faculty through this partnership.

As a middle grades education student, you're eligible to join the UGA student chapter of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). AMLE serves to advance the education of students between the critical ages of 10 to 15 years.

Enrich your student experience through hundreds of other campus organizations. For more information, visit the Center for Student Organizations.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the BSEd in Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)

Admission Policies

The middle grades education major is designated as a high-demand major at the University of Georgia. The University identifies high-demand majors as those that receive or expect to receive more applications for major status from fully qualified rising juniors than the program can accommodate without endangering the quality of instruction offered. The middle grades education program admits no more than 60 students per application round.

Eligibility Requirements

  • No more than 9 hours of core coursework remaining (in-progress courses do not count toward * the 9 hours)
  • 2.8 GPA (overall and cumulative)
  • Completion of (or current enrollment in) EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, or EPSY 2130
  • Passing scores on or exemption from the GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • Qualifying exemption scores:
  • SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores combined > 1000)
  • ACT (English and Math scores combined > 43)
  • GRE (Verbal and Quantitative scores combined > 1030 or 297)

Application Materials

Middle Grades Education electronic Program Application, which includes the following:

  • Resume
    Particular format is not required
  • Official Transcript(s)
    Transfer students only
  • Statement of Purpose
    Examine the Middle Grades Education Program's commitments and respond to the three application questions. Each response should be 350-500 words. You will be required to attach your responses to these questions in the electronic Middle Grades Education Program Application.

Go to the Commitments and Application Questions

Program Requirements for Admitted Students

  • Complete Areas I-VI of the core curriculum
  • Maintain a 2.8 GPA (overall and cumulative)

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
Rolling admissions; consult advisor

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