Middle Grades Education
About Middle Grades Education
Middle grades teachers educate children in the 4th through 8th grade, giving them a solid foundation to continue their studies in high school, instilling them with a love of learning, and helping them gain confidence as they grow into teenagers and young adults. Middle grades education majors pursuing a bachelor’s degree choose two concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, reading or social studies and engage in an extensive amount of hands-on teaching. Upon graduation, students are prepared to teach in a number of age-appropriate disciplines within the secondary school system. Several options are available for students pursuing advanced degrees in the discipline.
Middle Grades Education at Valdosta State University
Students in the Valdosta State University middle grades education program enjoy small classes, have meaningful interactions with faculty members and receive crucial training in various technologies. The department maintains collaborative partnerships with public schools, communities and post-secondary institutions in South Georgia, enabling students to gain invaluable experience in middle grades classrooms. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the People to People International program, a unique initiative in which students travel to Washington, D.C., and abroad to hone their education skills while interacting with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Student groups on campus include the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.
- Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education (B.S.Ed.)
- Master of Art for Teaching in Middle Grades Education (M.A.T)
- Master of Education in Middle Grades Math and Science Online (M.Ed.)
- Master of Education in Middle Grades Education (M.Ed.)
About the Middle Grades Education Curriculum
B.S.Ed. in Middle Grades Education
The Valdosta State middle grades education undergraduate curriculum is designed to create versatile, well-rounded educators who can teach in a number of areas. Students must choose two areas of study from the following concentrations: reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics or science. Technology is an important part of the middle grades education curriculum, and students take several classes that introduce them to high-tech teaching tools such as iPods and iPads. Students are required to spend a minimum of 900 hours in a classroom setting. Upon graduation, students are prepared to embark on careers as middle grades educators.
M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education
The Master of Arts for Teachers program is for professionals currently teaching on a non-renewable, non-professional certificate. The program enables these students to earn certification (T-4) after their first year and complete the requirements for the degree in their second year (T-5). The curriculum includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience in the schools.
M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education
The master’s degree program in middle grades education is designed for certified teachers who seek advanced knowledge and skills for the middle grades classroom. Students in the program refine their instructional skills and develop the techniques necessary to become master teachers. Students must select two concentrations of study from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, reading or social studies.
M.Ed. in Middle Grades Math and Science
The Master of Education in middle grades math and science program is an advanced degree that gives in-service middle grades teachers the opportunity to pursue advanced training in their teaching fields. Current certification in middle grades math and/or science is required for admission. The program is offered through Georgia ONmyLINE, the online education program of the University System of Georgia, and top faculty members from Valdosta State and North Georgia College and State University teach the courses.
- Children’s minister
- Curriculum specialist
- Education management specialist
- Family services worker
- Guidance counselor
- Middle school English teacher
- Middle school geography teacher
- Middle school history teacher
- Middle school mathematics teacher
- Middle school science teacher
- Middle school social studies teacher
- Middle school teacher
- Physical education teacher
- Religious school teacher
- School administrator
- Social services specialist
- Special education teacher
- Teaching assistant
- Youth program director
- Youth specialist for nonprofit organization
*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.