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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. Ranked No. 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

Deadline to Apply

Rolling admissions; consult Advisor

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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.

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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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.

Part 2: Apply to this program


Often, a program will require additional qualifying materials than what is collected by the university office of admissions. A separate application must be completed to your particular program of interest if your major is in high-demand. Check your program's admissions details for more information.

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