The Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Education Program is designed to assist students in acquiring a broad range of knowledge and skills and a repertoire of specialized teaching skills for students in grades 4 through 8. The specialized content courses provide instruction in communicative arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and reading. Field-based instruction is incorporated in over 40 percent of the coursework leading to the degree. A specialized content practicum allows the students to continue to apply content knowledge in a suitable setting. The Master of Science in Middle Grades Education is a thirty-six (36) Semester Hour program. Graduates of the Middle Grades Education program are eligible for certification at the T-5 level and for positions in teaching upper elementary and middle school settings.