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.

List of Programs

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

Arkansas State University

MSE in Special Education – Instructional Specialist K-12
CAEP Accredited

Arkansas State University

Master of Science in Early Childhood Services
CAEP Accredited

Arkansas State University

Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Superintendency
CAEP Accredited

Arkansas State University

Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Principalship
CAEP Accredited

All Programs

See below for the list of programs. You can filter down by state, accrediting board, or program to find the best program for you.
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Abilene Christian University
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
Adams State College
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Teacher Education Program
Adelphi University
  • Masters in Art Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in Literacy Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
Agnes Scott College
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Science Education
Alabama A & M University
  • Doctorate in Reading Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Secondary Education
Alabama State University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in History Education
  • Masters in library resource management
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Social Studies Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Elementary Education
  • Education Specialist in English Education
  • Education Specialist in Health Education
  • Education Specialist in History Education
  • Education Specialist in library resource management
  • Education Specialist in Math Education
  • Education Specialist in Music Education
  • Education Specialist in School Counseling
  • Education Specialist in Science Education
  • Education Specialist in Social Studies Education
  • Education Specialist in Special Education
Alaska Pacific University
  • Masters in General Education
Albany State University
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Albertus Magnus College
  • Masters in General Education
Albright College
  • Masters in General Education
Alcorn State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Elementary Education
Alfred University
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Literacy Education
Alliant International University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Alvernia College
  • Masters in General Education
Alverno College
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Special Education
American Intercontinental University
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
American Intercontinental University Online
  • Masters in General Education
American International College
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in General Education
American Jewish University
  • Masters in General Education
American University
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in History Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Science Education
Anderson University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in General Education
Andrews University
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology
Angelo State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Anna Maria College
  • Masters in General Education
Antioch University McGregor
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Antioch University Seattle
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in library resource management
Antioch University-Los Angeles Branch
  • Masters in General Education
Antioch University-Santa Barbara
  • Masters in General Education
Appalachian State University
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Aquinas College
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Science Education
Arcadia University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Health Education
Argosy University-Atlanta
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Dallas
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Argosy University-Denver
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Hawaii
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Argosy University-Inland Empire
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Los Angeles
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Orange County
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Phoenix
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Argosy University-Salt Lake City
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Sarasota
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
  • Education Specialist in School Counseling
Argosy University-Schaumburg
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Seattle
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Higher Education
Argosy University-Tampa
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Argosy University-Twin Cities
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Washington D.C.
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Arizona State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Arkansas State University
  • Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences
Arkansas State University-Beebe
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Arkansas Tech University
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Secondary Education
Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Middle Grades Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Masters in General Education
Asbury College
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Ashland University
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in General Education
Assumption College
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
Athens State University
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Atlantic Union College
  • Masters in General Education
Auburn University Main Campus
  • Doctorate in Adult Education
  • Doctorate in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctorate in Elementary Education
  • Doctorate in English as a Second Language
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Doctorate in Math Education
  • Doctorate in Music Education
  • Doctorate in Reading Education
  • Doctorate in School Counseling
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Doctorate in Science Education
  • Doctorate in Special Education
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Auburn University-Montgomery
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Physical Education
Augsburg College
  • Masters in General Education
Augusta State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Aurora University
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Austin College
  • Masters in General Education
Austin Peay State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Averett University
  • Masters in General Education
Avila University
  • Masters in General Education
Azusa Pacific University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Baker University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Literacy Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Ball State University
  • Doctorate in Adult Education
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Elementary Education
  • Doctorate in English Education
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Doctorate in Science Education
  • Doctorate in Special Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Secondary Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology
Bank Street College of Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Middle Grades Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Clarks Summit PA
  • Masters in Christian School Education
Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson NY
  • Masters in General Education