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SMGE

Secondary & Middle Grades Education

M.Ed. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

Program of Study

Program Total: 36 Credit Hours

The program includes 36 total hours, including, at least, 15 hours of core courses and 12 hours of teaching field courses. Candidates may take additional teaching field courses or elective courses in an endorsement field that will add the respective endorsement to their teaching certificates.

We offer the following degree options:

  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Language Arts (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Secondary English (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Mathematics (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics (ONLINE*)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Science (HYBRID)
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Science (HYBRID)
  • M.Ed. in Middle Grades Social Studies (ONLINE/HYBRID**)
  • M.Ed. in Secondary History (ONLINE/HYBRID**)

*The Middle Grades Language Arts, Secondary English, Middle Grades Mathematics, and Secondary Mathematics programs are fully online when candidates complete an endorsement. Endorsement options may be found here.

**The Middle Grades Social Studies and Secondary History programs are offered as fully online when the cohort size for these teaching fields are, at least, 10 students. Otherwise, the programs are hybrid.

Core Courses: All courses required for a total of 15 credit hours

Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed below.

This course prepares teachers to become responsive educators who know how to improve middle and secondary grades content learning for all students through assessment, differentiation, and academic language, particularly in the service of English learners and students with special needs. Course includes 20-hour field experience in approved educational setting with English learners and/or students with disabilities.
This course prepares advanced candidates to become responsive change agents who know how to develop and sustain partnerships with families and communities to improve middle and secondary grades content learning for all students. Theories and practical approaches to effective middle and secondary grades teaching and learning in collaboration with families and communities will be explored. Course includes 20-hour field experience in approved educational setting with English learners and/or students with disabilities and their families.
Candidates will develop a functional understanding of quantitative and qualitative research as applied to educational arena. Emphasis is placed on candidates acquisition of analytical and interpretive skills.
This course introduces advanced candidates to the concepts of reflective inquiry and transformative teaching and learning as key tools to become agents of change. Advanced candidates will learn how to self-assess their own teaching practices, develop a growth plan for transformative teaching based on their reflection, locate quality research related to the issues identified in their own self-assessment, and write a literature review.
This course prepares advanced candidates to work under the supervision of faculty to demonstrate their expertise in a focused area of their teaching field through an independent, research-based capstone project. Candidates will also provide evidence of their efforts to transform their practice based on the specific strategies and knowledge bases developed and/or deepened in the program. Course includes 20-hour field experience in an approved educational setting with middle or secondary students.

Teaching Field Courses: A minimum of 12 credit hours required

Students take a minimum of 12 credit hours in the teaching field. Students take graduate-level courses in the teaching field that are approved by graduate program coordinator. One of the required teaching field courses must be an Instructional Technology course taken according to the teaching field.

Courses with ENGL, PRWR, ENED, or EDRD prefixes at 5000+ level and ENGL 7741

ENGL 7741: Technology and Media in English and Language Arts
This course focuses on the current effects and potential of technology and multimedia in writing, reading, and literature instruction. Students explore ways technology is changing reading and writing processes in school, the workplace, and in daily life and develop effective ways of integrating technology into instructional programs.
Courses with MAED, MATH, STAT prefixes at 5000+ level and MAED 7719

MAED 7719: Technology and Mathematics
This course focuses is on the current effects and potential of technology for doing, teaching, and learning mathematics. Students explore mathematics as they develop skill in innovative mathematics technologies. Technologies include graphing calculators, data collection technologies (such as CBL, CBR), dynamic geometry software, statistics software, web simulations, web courseware, and other technology tools for mathematics.
Courses with SCED, SCI, BIOL, PHYS, or CHEM prefixes at 5000+ level and SCI 7900**

SCI 7900: Technology and Science
Special topics course; Exploration of a specifically designed topic.

**Graduate program coordinator will approve ITEC 7400 as a teaching field course for science concentrations only when science teaching field-specific technology course is not offered in a given academic year.
Courses with SSED, HIST, AMST, GEOG, POLS prefixes at 5000+ level and HIST 7900**

HIST 7900: Technology for Historians and History Educators
Special topics course; Exploration of a specifically designed topic.

**Graduate program coordinator will approve ITEC 7400 as a teaching field course for science concentrations only when science teaching field-specific technology course is not offered in a given academic year.

Elective Courses: A total of 9 credit hours required

Students take nine credit hours of elective courses as follows:

  • Endorsement courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator
  • Additional education courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator
  • Additional teaching field courses at graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator

Additional Information

Students must petition to graduate during the semester PRIOR to their graduation semester. See the KSU Registrar’s website for more information.

Contact your M.Ed. EDUC Advisor at medsmge@kennesaw.edu and your M.Ed. teaching field advisor for advising.