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The MEd in Middle Grades Education program is a leader in the field of middle school reform and is one of the oldest middle school-specific MEd programs in the nation. Additionally, the University of Georgia's secondary education master's programs are ranked No. 1 in the nation according to student reviews conducted by

The MEd program focuses on the study of young adolescents and middle grades education (grades 4-8) with special emphasis on:

  • School-university partnerships
  • Diversity
  • Development of positive learning environments
  • Education for students from underserved populations
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Subject-specific education (i.e. mathematics, science, etc.)
  • Family and community engagement
  • Civic education
  • Middle school policy studies

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Program Highlights

  1. Ranked #5 by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Internationally recognized faculty
  3. For both certified teachers or those not seeking certification
  4. Online format is available through UGA Online

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

Faculty and Curriculum

This degree requires at least 36 semester hours of coursework (12 courses) covering the following three areas:

Characteristics, programs, and problems of the middle school (5 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.

Subject matter content in the middle school (6 courses)

These courses provide the opportunity for 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.

Research in middle grades education (1 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.

The degree requirements also include an exit examination portfolio and completion of two surveys, the department's multicultural education survey and an exit survey.

Faculty in the program are recognized for their teaching, research, and service related to improving teaching and learning in middle schools. Students in the program are taught by faculty who are at the forefront of understanding the unique learning contexts of middle schools and the intellectual, social, and physical needs and resources of young adolescents.

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

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MEd in Middle Grades Education


  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses should be 2.8 or above on a four-point scale


Please refer to the UGA Graduate School Deadlines. Applications received after the target dates may be considered.

Application materials

When all of the Graduate School's application materials have been received, they are reviewed by the Middle Grades Education program faculty. The faculty may request additional materials from applicants before making a recommendation on the application. The faculty make a recommendation to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice's graduate coordinator, who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The final decision on admissions is made by the Graduate School. Applicants and the department will receive notification directly from the Graduate School concerning a decision on acceptance

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above are exempt from the entrance exam requirement.

For the section of the Graduate School application requesting three letters of recommendation, simply enter "Not Applicable" for all three in the application.

Program Planning and Advisement

Upon acceptance into the MEd degree program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor. Students must communicate with their advisor every semester to plan coursework and to be cleared for registration. Students are responsible for conforming to published policies and for carrying out procedural requirements such as filing appropriate forms in a timely manner.

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
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