Are you eager to help young minds learn? Do you want to advance your expertise in the field of professional education?

The master of arts in education middle grades education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial middle grades teaching license.

Middle grades education students explore middle grades curriculum development in public school settings, advanced instructional and assessment strategies, and issues/trends specific to middle grades education.

ECU Advantage

ECU graduates are highly sought after and can be found working throughout the region and around the United States. Many graduates become Nationally Board Certified and go on to earn doctorate degrees in their area of expertise.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Carol Greene (207 Speight Building; 205-328-5316; greeneh@ecu.edu)

The program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. as follows:

Middle grades education teaching area - 24 s.h.
  • MIDG 6000 - Professional Development, Issues, and Trends in Middle Grades Education
  • MIDG 6100 - Young Adolescents, Schools, and Community
  • MIDG 6200 - Middle Grades Curriculum Development in Public Schools
  • MIDG 6300 - Advanced Strategies and Assessment for Middle Grades Learners
  • MIDG 6401 - Middle Grades Product Documentation
  • Concentration areas:

    Choose 12 s.h. from one concentration area or a minimum of 9 s.h. from one area and 3 s.h. from another.

      • ENED 6630 - Studies in the Process of Composition or
      • ENGL 6340 - Ethnic American Literature or
      • ENGL 6360 - World Literature Written in English or
      • ENGL 6460 - Studies in African American Literature or
      • ELEM 6488 - Advanced Language Arts in the Elementary School

      • ENED 6600 - Teaching English Studies in the High School
      • ENED 6967 - Literature Study in the Secondary School
      • 3 s.h. ENGL or ENED elective
      • MATE 6321 - Advanced Middle-Level Mathematics Methods
      • MATE 6331 - Reasoning with Number and Algebra
      • MATE 6341 - Teaching and Learning of Geometry
      • MATE 6351 - Data Analysis and Probability in the Middle Grades
      • MATE 6361 - Measurement Across the Curriculum
      • MATE 6371 - Teaching and Learning of Algebra
      • 3 s.h. MATE or MATH elective
      • SCIE 6003 - Advanced Studies in Biological Science for Teachers
      • SCIE 6004 - Advanced Studies in Physical Science for Teachers
      • SCIE 6005 - Advanced Studies in Earth Systems Science for Teachers
      • SCIE 6020 - Perspectives on Science Education
      • SCIE 6030 - Technology in Science Teaching, Learning and Professional Development
      • SCIE 6310 - Advanced Methods in Science Teaching and Learning
      • 3 s.h. SCIE elective
      Social studies:
      • ELEM 5306 - Social Studies in the Elementary School or
      • ELEM 6406 - The Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary Grades

      • GEOG 5283 - Selected Topics in Physical Geography
      • GEOG 6393 - Independent Study in Human Geography
      • HIED 6510 - Issues and Topics in Social Studies Education
      • HIST 5140 - The Old South
      • HIST 5220 - Selected Topics in US Women's History
      • HIST 5230 - Themes in African American History
      • HIST 5300 - Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations
      • HIST 5480 - Weimar and the Rise of Hitler
      • HIST 5765 - Latin America, 1492 to the Present
      • HIST 6035 - Civil War
      • HIST 6260 - The United States and the Middle East, 1783 to the Present
      • HIST 6375 - Twentieth-Century European History

    A 6-hour thesis option can be taken instead of 6 s.h. of course work in any concentration. The thesis must be on a topic related to the concentration course of study.

    • MIDG 7000 - Thesis
    Final product requirement:

    A research project with a presentation and written documentation (MIDG 6000 and MIDG 6401) are required.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.