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)

Middle grades education - 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 Area:

    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 6510 - Recent Trends in English Education

      • ENED 6630 - Studies in the Process of Composition or
      • ENGL 6625 - Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice

      • ENGL 6340 - Ethnic American Literature or
      • ENGL 6360 - World Literature Written in English or
      • ENGL 6460 - Studies in African American Literature

      • ELEM 6488 - Advanced Language Arts in the Elementary School
      • ELEM 6515

      • 3 s.h. ENGL or ENED elective
      • MATE 5263 - Modern Mathematics for Junior High School Teachers I
      • MATE 5264 - Modern Mathematics for Junior High School Teachers II
      • MATE 6321 - Advanced Middle-Level Mathematics Methods
      • MATH 6264
      • 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 6020 - Perspectives on Science Education
      • SCIE 6200 - Environmental Education
      • SCIE 6310 - Advanced Methods in Science Teaching and Learning
      • SCIE 6506 - Problems in Science Education (Secondary)
      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 5122 - Social and Cultural History of the United States Since 1865
      • HIST 5130 - Comparative History of New World Slavery and Race Relations
      • HIST 5340 - The Ancient Near East
      • HIST 5765 - Latin America, 1492 to the Present
      • MIDG 7000 - Thesis
    Final product requirement:

    A research project with a presentation and written documentation (MIDG 6001 and MIDG 6401) or a thesis with an oral thesis defense (MIDG 7000).

    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.