Master of Science in Middle Grades Education

Graduate Degree Program

The Master of Science degree program in Middle Grades Education 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 four through eight. The specialized content courses provide instruction in communicative arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, and reading. Field-based instruction is incorporated in more than 40 percent of the coursework leading to the degree. The program is administered through the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Course Requirements for Master of Science in Middle Grades Education (36 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements (21 Hours)

SubjectCourse No.Course NameCredit Hours
FVSU0500Orientation to Graduate Studies0
EDUC5503Fundamentals of Research Design3
EDUC5423Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education3
EPSY5513Pre-Adolescent Psychology3
EDMG5613Curriculum Needs of the Trans scent Learner3
SCED5623Methods of Teaching in the Middle Grades3
EDUC5793Applied Research Practicum3
EDUC5603Instructional Leadership3

Major Requirements (15 Hours)
Nine (9) Semester hours in primary concentration
Six (6) Semester hours in secondary concentration
Courses below are recommendations; other graduate level courses may be offered.

SubjectCourse No.Course NameCredit Hours
Language Arts Concentration
ENGL5003Communicative Arts3
ENGL5023Pre-adolescent Literature3
ENGL5000 or <Graduate Elective in English (5000 level or above)3
Math Concentration
MAED5301Numbers & Operations3
MAED5020Algebra Connections3
MAED5030Geometry & Measurements3
MAED6010Advanced Studies of the Calculus3
MAED6020Probability and Statistics3
Science Concentration
ENVH5103Environmental Health3
BIOL5334Environmental Microbiology3
BIOL5354Physiological Toxicology3
CHEM5304Environmental Analyses3
ENVH5113Environmental Pollution3
Social Science Concentration
HIST5500Topics in World History3
HIST5300Jacksonian America3
HIST5311Georgia in American History3
HIST5312Women in America3
HIST5415Civil Rights Movement3

Graduation Requirements

  • Each graduate must maintain an academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (B average)
    throughout the program.
  • In addition, all candidates for graduation must take and pass the Final Written Comprehensive

Admission Application Requirements

  1. A Completed Graduate Application
  2. Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
    • $20 – Domestic Applicants
    • $75 – International Applicants
  3. A Professional Resume
  4. A Statement of Purpose
    • The statement must be between 550-600 words. The Statement of Purpose should be in essay format and include personal characteristics/disposition, professional goals, academic background, research, work/volunteer experience and why you wish to pursue a graduate degree in the respective area.
  5. Three Professional Recommendations
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted using the FVSU Recommendation form for Graduate Admission.
  6. Submit Official Transcripts from each postsecondary institution (College/University) attended showing a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. The transcript should show all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and grades earned.
  7. Immunization records
    • International Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) ( with a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average (GPA) included. The transcript must be received directly from the evaluation service/agency.
  8. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution (in a related field to meet pre-requisites)
  9. Submit two transcripts showing cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution.
  10. GRE and/or MAT scores may be used in the consideration for admission but are not required. Undergraduate or graduate courses in research and statistics are not required but are highly recommended.