With this emphasis within the educational theory and practice degree, prepare to offer intellectual leadership and advocacy in middle grades education, including research, teacher education and other teaching in higher education, and leadership positions in local, state, regional, national, or international institutions or agencies. Your studies and research will address the needs of middle grades education locally, nationally, and globally with a focus on:
Our graduate students go on to become educational researchers at colleges and universities, teacher educators, policymakers, instructional coaches, directors of professional development, and practicing teachers or administrators.
The program of study includes 43 hours of coursework, preliminary and comprehensive examinations, a dissertation prospectus, and a dissertation. Required coursework includes theory and research on teaching or research on teacher education, and seminars. You will also take at least four research methods courses, determined in consultation with your advisory committee. You are encouraged to take as many research methods courses as needed to accomplish your research.
In addition to completing a one-credit hour teaching assistantship, you must complete three three-credit courses from the following topics of study:
Of your coursework, 22 hours focus on your specific interests, coursework related to your area of emphasis, and 12 credits of electives. Electives may be from within or outside the College, and might include courses in anthropology, art education, counseling, education law, educational policy, history, learning communities and professional development, philosophy, psychology, sociology, special education, subject area courses (e.g., language and literacy, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education), and supervision related to middle grades education.
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.
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.
Your experience begins with a doctoral orientation seminar that introduces foundational ideas, readings, and scholars in the field. Graduate students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of student organizations, including the Feminist Scholars-Activist and the Graduate Student Organization.
Most full-time students can apply for and receive a graduate assistantship.
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