Jul 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Grades Education, Ed.S. (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies concentrations)

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6314

Program Description

The Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education is designed for candidates who have already earned an M.Ed. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education or a related field and wish to continue graduate study in order to enhance their expertise and improve their practice. Candidates will develop in-depth knowledge and skills to implement in their classrooms and schools in ways that advance all students’ rights to an education that supports social and economic justice and academic success. Courses focusing on technology, learner-centered curriculum and instruction, learners and families from diverse backgrounds, and critical pedagogy that will aid candidates in meeting these crucial needs. 

Admission Requirements 

The following are admission requirements beyond the general KSU Graduate Admissions  requirements.

  • An earned Master’s degree in professional education or a related field.
  • A clear and renewable (or comparable) Georgia Teaching Certificate or equivalent in the teaching field to which you are applying or a related field.
  • A minimum of three years of experience teaching the subject field in middle or secondary schools.
  • Research Response & Analysis writing sample and instructions: The applicant will select from a list of recent research articles in their area of content expertise and provide a 3-5 page written response to the article. For the specific instruction, please click here.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller’s Analogies Test; OR Submit the GRE/MAT Waiver Form indicating any one of the following: That you hold an advanced degree in a teaching field related to your certification area with a GPA of 3.8 or higher on a 4 point scale; OR That you hold National Board Certification in an Early Adolescent or Adolescent, Young Adult certification area; OR That you have 7 years of professional teaching experience AND an undergraduate GPA in a teaching field of 3.5 or higher on a 4 point scale.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

Currently there are no exceptions to the admissions requirements.

Transfer Credit

Those students who have completed their Ed.S. at another institution will be eligible to have their transcripts analyzed to be transferred up to 8 credit hours (25% of total required credit hours) into the Ed.S in Secondary and Middle Grades Education program. For more information email graded@kennesaw.edu 

Petition to Graduate

Each candidate must petition to graduate online. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .

Program of Study

Education and Research Core (9 Credit Hours)

Candidates take 9 hours within the Education and Research Core, which include content in research, educational psychology, assessment, diversity, and educational policy.

Major Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Teaching Field Pedagogy and Teaching Field Content

Area 1: Teaching Field Pedagogy (12 Credit Hours)

Area 2: Teaching Field Content (9 Credit Hours)

Teaching Field Content Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Language Arts

Any 7000, 8000, or 9000 level ENGL or ENED course as approved or recommended by advisor. Students may also consider 6000 level or higher EDRD or PRWR courses with English advisor or program coordinator approval. 


Any 7000, 8000, or 9000 level MATH or MAED courses as approved or recommended by advisor. Students may also consider 6000 level or higher STAT courses with mathematics advisor and statistics faculty approval. 


Any 5000 level or higher CHEM, SCED, ESCD, SCI, BIOL, PHYS, PHED or GEOL courses. 

Social Studies

Any 7000, 8000 or 9000 level HIST, GEOG, ECON, ANTH, POLS, SSED or EDSS courses approved or recommended by advisor. Students may also consider 6000 level or higher AMST courses with history advisor or program coordinator approval. 


In addition to teaching field content courses, the following education courses can be taken (WITH FORMAL ADVISOR PRE-APPROVAL) to satisfy requirements in Area 2: EDUC 7725 Best Practices in Teaching and Learning in Content Field ; EDUC 7710 Principles, Trends, and Issues in Standardized Educational Testing ; EDUC 7705 Assessment and Evaluation in the Content Area ; EDUC 7706 Motivation  

Program Total (30 Credit Hours)

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