Middle Grades Education

Middle Grades Education

Middle grades are generally 5th though 9th grade. Educators entering this program usually need to already possess a valid teaching endorsement in a specific academic area, such as Math, English, Science or Social Studies. This program emphasizes the unique developmental challenges of students entering adolescence and the best practices to enable them to be successful learners.

Why did you decide to pursue an M.Ed. degree?

I decided to pursue an M.Ed. degree because I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had been working with children in some capacity since I was 16 years old. I tried other fields, but I found everything else boring.

What is your primary area of interest within the field of education?

My primary area of interest within the field of education is special education middle school math. I teach replacement math for 6th and 7th grades. Students who cannot perform well in the regular education class come to me.

Please describe the Masters in Middle School Education program you chose to attend

The program I chose is Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. I extended the program to include getting certified in special education as well. Normally, the program is a 36 credit certification and master’s program. However, I finished with over 50 credits because of the extra certification.

Why did you choose the middle school teaching program you attended?

I chose Fairleigh Dickinson University because of a few reasons. First, they did not require the GREs. I did not do as well as I would have liked on the SATs so I decided to only apply to graduate programs that did not require the GREs. I also chose FDU because I did not have to take any extra courses. Other graduate programs wanted me to take more Literature and Science classes, which I was not interested in.

What did you like about the program?

One thing I liked about the program was that I was able to get certified in both regular education and special education. The schedule of classes was also helpful as they were held mostly in the evenings. Therefore, I was able to substitute teach or do other things during the day and then go to class at night.

What did you not like about the program?

I did not like many things about the program. First, I did not feel prepared based on the courses I took. I don’t know if it is because it is a job that a lot of people say you learn while doing or if the courses were just useless, but I did not feel like I get a lot out of the classes. Also, the courses were not challenging. Most of the papers I had to write were opinion based so as long as I wrote well, I received a good grade.

Were you employed while taking classes?  If so, how did you manage your time?

I was a substitute teacher while taking classes so I was not working every day. However, when I did work I was very tired in class.

How did you pay for your graduate degree?

I received help with the paying of my degree from my parents.

Did you participate in any research or special projects while in school?

I did not participate in any research or special projects while in school.

What should a student look for when choosing a masters in middle grades education?

I think a student should look for how the schedule of classes is organized, what types of courses the program offers and definitely the reputation of the program. I know a lot of schools had a better known education program than FDU and I always wonder if I would have gotten more out of a program somewhere else.

What do you intend to do with your degree?

I teach special education middle school math, 6th and 7th grade replacement math and I also do some in class support. This year my in class support classes are only math. Last year, ICS was math and science.

Did you make use of your school’s career services office during your job search?

I did not. I did my job search basically by myself through newspapers, school district websites and career fairs.

Featured Online Masters in Education Programs

Masters in Education School Listings

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Savannah, GA

Specialties: Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Bank Street College of Education

New York, NY

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, General Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Cambridge College

Cambridge, MA

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Literacy Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Science Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Campbell University Inc

Buies Creek, NC

Specialties: Educational Administration, Elementary Education, K12 Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Specialties: Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, General Education, Health Education, Literacy Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Specialties: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE), CACREP
CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY

Specialties: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, English Education, Health Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Science Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
CUNY City College

New York, NY

Specialties: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, English Education, Literacy Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Literacy Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Drury University

Springfield, MO

Specialties: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Specialties: Adult Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, English Education, Health Education, History Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

Specialties: Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English Education, History Education, Library Resource Management, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

ONLINE PROGRAM: This school offers online degrees and other distance learning options for some courses.

Specialties: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Specialties: Educational Administration, Elementary Education, General Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Fitchburg State College

Fitchburg, MA

Specialties: Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English Education, History Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Science Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Specialties: Adolescence Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, Literacy Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, School Psychology
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

Specialties: Middle Grades Education, School Counseling
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Specialties: Educational Administration, Elementary Education, English Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Georgia College & State University

ONLINE PROGRAM: This school offers online degrees and other distance learning options for some courses.

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Specialties: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education Research, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, English Education, Health Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Science Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Harris-Stowe State University

Saint Louis, MO

Specialties: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Specialties: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly TEAC)
Long Island University-Westchester Campus

Purchase, NY

Specialties: Literacy Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

Specialties: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education Research, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Psychology, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Mercer University

Macon, GA

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Elementary Education, English Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, School Counseling, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

Specialties: Adult Education, Business Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English Education, General Education, Higher Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Science Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE), CACREP
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, General Education, Higher Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus

Mansfield, OH

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Specialties: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Salem State College

Salem, MA

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Library Resource Management, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

Specialties: Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, English Education, Higher Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Specialties: Higher Education, Middle Grades Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Specialties: Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Health Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, AR

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Middle Grades Education, Reading Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Specialties: Art Education, Educational Administration, Elementary Education, General Education, Literacy Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)
Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Specialties: Art Education, Critical and Socio-cultural Studies in Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, General Education, Health Education, Literacy Education, Math Education, Middle Grades Education, Physical Education, School Counseling, School Psychology, Special Education, Technical/Vocational, Technology Innovation and Education
Degree Types: Masters in Education Degree, Education Specialist Degree, Doctorate of Education Degree
Accreditation: CAEP (formerly NCATE)

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