Middle Grades Education (Master of Science in Education)

Help students in the middle grades gain knowledge, develop reason and judgment skills, and mature in preparation for a prosperous, healthy life through instruction, mentoring, advisement, and front-line counseling.

Fort Valley State University

depth of learning, focused preparation

The Master of Science degree 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.

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The specialized content taught in the Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Education program 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.

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

Core Requirements (21 Hours)

Core Requirements (21 Hours)
Subject Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
FVSU 0500 Orientation to Graduate Studies 0
EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design 3
EDUC 5423 Seminar in Social Issues and Comparative Education 3
EPSY 5513 Pre-Adolescent Psychology 3
EDMG 5613 Curriculum Needs of the Trans scent Learner 3
SCED 5623 Methods of Teaching in the Middle Grades 3
EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum 3
EDUC 5603 Instructional Leadership 3

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.

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.
Subject Course No. Course Name Credit Hours
Language Arts Concentration
ENGL 5003 Communicative Arts 3
ENGL 5023 Pre-adolescent Literature 3
ENGL 5000 or < Graduate Elective in English (5000 level or above) 3
Math Concentration
MAED 5301 Numbers & Operations 3
MAED 5020 Algebra Connections 3
MAED 5030 Geometry & Measurements 3
MAED 6010 Advanced Studies of the Calculus 3
MAED 6020 Probability and Statistics 3
Science Concentration
ENVH 5103 Environmental Health 3
BIOL 5334 Environmental Microbiology 3
BIOL 5354 Physiological Toxicology 3
CHEM 5304 Environmental Analyses 3
ENVH 5113 Environmental Pollution 3
Social Science Concentration
HIST 5500 Topics in World History 3
HIST 5300 Jacksonian America 3
HIST 5311 Georgia in American History 3
HIST 5312 Women in America 3
HIST 5415 Civil Rights Movement 3

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 Examination.

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) (https://www.naces.org/members.html) 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.

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