Middle Grades Education (MA)

Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education

Susan Colby, Chair and Professor

Laurie Ramirez, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education (Major Code: 472*/13.1203)[T], with four concentrations:

  • Language Arts (472B)[T]
  • Mathematics (472C)[T]
  • Science (472D)[T]
  • Social Studies (472E)[T]

This program leads to North Carolina master-level (M) licensure in middle grades teaching. The program seeks to prepare teachers who:

  • Are knowledgeable about the developmental characteristics of young adolescents and are able to conceptualize and apply that knowledge in the classroom;
  • Are knowledgeable about at least one subject area;
  • Possess a clear, research-based knowledge of developmentally responsive instruction and schooling;
  • Have the specialized skills and knowledge needed to provide middle grades students with effective instruction; and,
  • Demonstrate a dedication to middle grades education based on an accurate middle grades knowledge base.

Location of Program: This program is offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming off-campus cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.


+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this degree were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores; North Carolina "A" license or the equivalent from another state.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 39**
Required Courses
  • CI 5525: Product of Learning (1-3)
  • CI 5550: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents (3)
  • CI/LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
  • CI 5650: Middle Level Instruction and Assessment (3)
  • CI 5750: Teaching Diverse Young Adolescents (3)
  • CI 5850: Middle Level Curriculum (3)
  • Choose one course from the three below:
    • CI/RE/RES/SPE 5040: Teacher as Researcher (3)
    • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
    • RES 5560: Classroom Assessment (3)
  • Choose one course from the two below:
    • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
    • ITC 5220: Digital Technologies in Education (3)
22 to 24
Academic Concentration Courses

9-15 s.h. of graduate courses are selected with the advice and approval of the academic advisor from ONE of the following concentrations:

  • Language Arts Concentration (Code: 472B)
  • Mathematics Concentration (Code: 472C)
  • Science Concentration (Code: 472D)
  • Social Studies Concentration (Code: 472E)
9 to 15
Electives0-8 s.h. of graduate courses to be selected with the advice and approval of the academic advisor.0 to 8

Other Requirements for the MA in Middle Grade Education:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Required

** Students without teaching experience in the middle grades must successfully complete an internship by taking CI 5900 Internship/Practicum (3 s.h.). This may result in the total number of hours exceeding 39 s.h.

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