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The EdS in Middle Grades Education is for educators and others with a master's degree in a related field. Our highly ranked program combines a focus on young adolescents and middle-grade education with studies in the content area of your choice—language arts, math, science, or social studies.

Deepen your understanding of the unique challenges of middle grades education and the intellectual, social, and physical needs of young adolescents.

Our program is a leader in middle school reform and one of the oldest middle school-specific EdS programs in the nation. You will delve into theory and research with our renowned faculty and apply your learning through partnerships with local schools.

Program Highlights

  1. Ranked No. 5 by US News & World Report
  2. Online format option is now available through UGA Online
  3. Internationally recognized faculty
  4. For both certified teachers or those not seeking certification

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

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Faculty and Curriculum

This degree program requires 30 semester hours of coursework (10 courses) covering four areas:

  1. Educational foundations (one or two courses): Topics include the history of philosophy of education, race, class and gender in education, human development, and ethics and democracy in education.
  2. Characteristics, programs, and problems of the middle school (two or three courses): These courses cover topics such as: the philosophy behind middle schools, service-learning, young adolescent learners, planning and instruction in middle schools, evaluation and assessment in middle schools, and the role of family-school-community interactions.
  3. Subject matter content in the middle school (three courses): These courses provide the opportunity for EdS students to study deeply in the subject area content they teach, taking graduate coursework in mathematics, science, social studies, and/or language arts depending on content areas of certification.
  4. Research in middle grades education (three courses): These provide background in the research on improving middle grades education, how to evaluate the quality of research, and how to both conduct and apply research in the classroom.

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

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

We believe that the role of community is one of the most important factors in successful teaching and learning. While our program is not organized using the cohort-based model, groups of students admitted each year still take many of their courses together, creating a close support network and strong professional ties later on.

Students can become members of the UGA chapter of the Association for Middle Level Education, the leading national and international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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