Master of Education in Middle Grades Education

Offered online through the University of Georgia's 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.

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 school teaching and learning. Fostering meaningful evaluation & 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 are some of the topics of emphasis in the program.

As a student in this program you will also benefit from UGA's partnership with The Clarke County Schools Professional Development School District, and will have the opportunity to become a member of the UGA Chapter of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

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 #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, 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.

College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). 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:  9

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.
Additional materials may be requested by program faculty upon receipt of your application.

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.

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.

News & Events

Amazing Online Students: Brittany Colquitt Finally Able to Attend Her Dream School, UGA

“As a teacher, I know a true educator never stops their love for getting an education,” expressed online student Brittany Colquitt. Her story truly reflects that sentiment. After getting her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University, Colquitt taught 7th grade social studies in Cherokee County for nine years. Now, while maintaining her job as a middle school teacher, she is advancing her education by getting her Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education online, so she can advance the education of others and continue to pass on her love of learning to her students.

UGA Online Professor Uses Hip-Hop Education in the Classroom

For the past several years, Bettina Love, an online professor in the Master of Education in Middle Grades Ed degree program, has worked to incorporate hip-hop education into the classroom by taking cues from students' real life experiences.

UGA Online Professor to Release Book About Bilingual Learners

A book telling the compelling story of the challenges and opportunities of teaching science to English learners is scheduled for release in fall of 2016. Currently in the process of being published, the book is titled “Supporting K–12 English Language Learners in Science: Putting Research into Teaching Practice.” One of the book’s authors is Cory Buxton, a faculty member in the online M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education.

UGA Nationally Reaffirmed as a Top Military School

Once again, the University of Georgia has been nationally reaffirmed in 2016 as Military Friendly, Best for Vets and a Top Military College/University. Since the establishment of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) in the spring of 2013, UGA has made significant progress in connecting student veterans to one another, as well as to campus and community resources. UGA continues to maintain active affiliation with both the Student Veterans of America and the Got Your Six campaign, where faculty and staff attend a training session to become certified as veteran-friendly.

Strategies for Successful Graduate Students

Years spent in graduate school are undoubtedly a stressful and anxiety provoking period in a person's life. There are academic pressures, family pressures, career pressures and the pressure to balance it all.

Order Items Online, Come To Graduation In Person!

As we all know, graduation is coming up, and spring and summer graduates are gearing up for this special day. At UGA Online, we are of the firm opinion that our online students should have the same graduation experience as in-person students.

UGA Online Faculty Involved in College of Education's Georgia Children's Book Awards

A picture book about bears who awaken from their slumber to go sightseeing and a chapter book about a young girl and her once-magical town are the winners in this year’s Georgia Children’s Book Awards, sponsored by the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

UGA faculty learn to apply the Quality Matters rubric to online courses

Over 30 of the University of Georgia's faculty and staff who teach online courses participated in a Quality Matters workshop last semester offered through UGA's Office of Online Learning. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process intended to promote the design and development of quality online courses, and the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop introduces course designers to these standards. 

Guest Blog: Online Video Tutorials for Distance Education Students

By: Lynn Cahoon
Distance Learning Librarian

The library research resources available to distance learners and faculty have never been better. No matter what your topic or where you are studying, the books and articles you need are only a few clicks away. But to find them, you’ll have to learn to use the GIL online catalog and GALILEO databases, which can seem intimidating to the uninitiated. 

Graduation Fair: Ordering Graduation Items Virtually

The University of Georgia Bookstore is hosting a graduation fair until March 3 to kick off cap and gown sales for all candidates for spring graduation. Students can purchase announcements, graduation portraits, diploma frames and alumni merchandise.


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