Appalachian’s Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education leads to the graduate-level “M” Grades 6-9 licensure and has been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the NC Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.
This nationally recognized 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.
Students can choose from one of four concentrations:
- Language Arts – includes English and language arts at the middle level
- Mathematics – focuses on middle grades mathematics
- Science – focuses on earth sciences and other middle level science content
- Social Studies – includes middle grades history, geography, and other social studies
This is a program that leads to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE or MAT (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); proof of teacher licensure
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to Middle Grades Education: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- School districts across North Carolina and in national and international locations.
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 7/1 (3/15)
- Appalachian has strong and well-established programs in middle level education, being one of the first state institutions to offer a specialized degree program.
- This is a nationally recognized, standards-based program whose graduates are highly sought after and easily employable.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
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