Master of Education in Middle Grades Education

Offered online through the University of Georgia's Mary Frances Early College of Education's Department of Educational Theory and Practice, the Master of Education in Middle Grades Education is centered on the education of young adolescents in middle grades (4-8). This program is for teachers currently certified in middle grades, or for those with an interest in young adolescent education. Coursework is offered online to accommodate the working professional, and is taught by the internationally recognized faculty of UGA's award-winning College of Education.

The Middle Grades Education program’s statement of commitment: 

To cultivate and sustain a more equitable world, the Middle Grades Education program commits to embodying and modeling social justice-oriented curriculum design and related experiences that position youth and educators

  • To build positive, supportive, humanizing relationships with and among youth, families, and communities;

  • To advocate with and for youth to embody their power and possibility to create a more equitable world; and

  • To inquire individually and collectively around practices, structures, and systems using critical reflection and analysis to inspire critical action.

Instructors will address the challenges faced by educators of young adolescents today and will offer research-based solutions, as well as the latest philosophy on middle grades teaching and learning. Topics of emphasis include fostering meaningful evaluation and assessment for grades 4-8,  strengthening content knowledge, meeting the needs of all students in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, supporting students with special needs, and building family-school-community partnerships. 

Individuals seeking initial certification are directed to the department’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Middle Grades Certification program

University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.



The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 36 credit hours $22,644 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,510 USD
Total Program Cost     $26,226 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees. Potential additional costs include textbooks and software.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

 Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  36 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Middle Grades Education Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School. The graduate school will accept scores as valid for 5 years, until September 15 following the 5th anniversary of the testing date. Otherwise, applicants must retake one of the admissions tests.

Application Checklist

1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.

2. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

3. Statement of Purpose - Examine the Middle Grades Education Program's commitments and respond to the two application questions. Each response should be 350-500 words. [Statement of Purpose directions]


Application Deadline

Domestic Applicants

Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – November 15
May and Extended Summer Session – April 1
Summer Semester – May 1

International Applicants

Fall Semester – April 15
Spring Semester – October 15
Summer Semester – February 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Graduate School website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.


Program Structure

The M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education has rolling admissions with new students admitted throughout the year. Students will choose one content area of emphasis from English/language arts, science, or social studies. The degree requires the successful completion of 36 semester hours of coursework, plus the department's Multicultural Education Survey, and its Exit Survey.

MMEd Middle Grades Degree Checklist

Course Sequence

  Spring Term Summer Term Fall Term
Year 1
  • EDMG 7090E: Instructional Strategies for the Middle Grades
  • Either a general elective course OR ETAP 7610e: Classroom Management in Culturally Responsive Classrooms
  • EDMG 7030E: The Middle Grades
  • Content elective, choose 1:
    • ESCI 6200: Science Education, STEM Integration
    • ESOC: Social Studies Education
    • LLED: Language & Literacy Education
  • EDMG 7050E: Educating Young Adolescents in various sociocultural contexts
  • Content elective, choose 1:
    • ESCI 6200: Science Education, STEM Integration
    • ESOC: Social Studies Education
    • LLED: Language & Literacy Education
Year 2
  • ETAP 7500E: Action Research (assessing your own practice in the classroom)
  • Either a general elective course OR ETAP 7610e: Classroom Management in Culturally Responsive Classrooms
  • EDMG 7080E: Curriculum Planning for the Middle Grades
  • Content elective, choose 1:
    • ESCI 6200: Science Education, STEM Integration
    • ESOC: Social Studies Education
    • LLED: Language & Literacy Education
  • ETAP/EDMS 7060E: Theory and Practice of Service-Learning in P-12 Settings
  • Either a general elective course OR EDMS 7100E: Assessment in the Middle Grades

Course schedule is subject to change allowing the curriculum to adapt to varying needs and emerging information. All courses listed above are 3 credit hours each.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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Contact Information

Contact the online Middle Grades Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 948-2609