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Master of Arts in Education - Middle Grades 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. 

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

24-semester hours of this 36-semester hour program are offered online. Remaining courses are offered online or face-to-face on the ECU campus depending on the student's chosen strand of coursework.

The College of Education accepts applications at all times so students can begin at almost any time during the year. The application due dates are as follows:

Desired Starting Semester

Application Deadline


June 1st


October 15th

Summer Session 1

March 15th

Summer Session 2

May 1st

Applicants must submit the following materials by the dates listed above to be considered for acceptance:

  • Complete online application at
  • Statement of purpose meant to provide convincing evidence of one's suitability for graduate study and potential for success in one's chosen area
  • Copy of one's current initial teaching license (if in Sr II, include indication of when license will be received and submit it to the Graduate School immediately upon receipt)
  • 3 professional references (all submitted electronically via the Graduate School)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Send official school transcript(s) from all institutions attended in the last five years to Graduate School
  • Contact Dr. Terry Atkinson for more information.
For a full listing of all of the names and descriptions of the courses within this program, please visit the Master of Art in Education section of the Graduate Catalog.

Download a checksheet detailing the 36- semester hour MAEd-MIDG program of study.

Note: Any student who does not take classes during a regular semester (fall/spring) must reapply to the Graduate school in order to reactivate his/her status as a graduate student and access to his/her ECU email account.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines.

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For More Information Contact:

Graduate Director:
Dr. Terry Atkinson
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