Specialist in Education
Middle Grades Education
College of Education and Health Professions
Department of Teacher Education
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
- GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree
- A clear renewable teaching license or documentation of eligibility for certification (approved program completion and applicable licensure exam scores)
- The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications
- Minimum of three years of teaching experience
- demonstrating expertise in understanding and using content in their discipline area and sharing that understanding with others
- collaborating on instructional planning
- modeling a variety of instructional strategies to help every student succeed
- modeling strategies for creating a classroom environment that supports the learning of all students
- modeling the use of technology, curricula, and other materials to enhance student learning
- modeling a variety of effective assessment strategies and using assessment data to improve teaching and learning
- applying and adding to the body of educational research related to the teaching and learning of one’s content area and sharing research findings with others
- serving as a role model for other professionals by displaying values, commitments, dispositions, and habits associated with accomplished teaching
Additional Program Requirements
- Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
- Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses without an appeal to the College of Education Graduate Council.
- A minimum of 24 semester hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
- A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a specialist degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below are not accepted. Courses must be approved by the major advisor and department chair.
- Students must complete a research project.
- An active LiveText account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. LiveText (www.livetext.com) is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.
Program Of Study
Area 1 Professional Studies Required Hours: 11
EDCI 7359 Specialist Project
EDUF 7115 Psychology of Teaching
EDUF 7117 Quantitative Research
EDUF 7118 Qualitative Research
Area 2 Content Studies Required Hours: 15
Select concentration studies from the following as approved by advisor. At least 3 hours must be at the 7000 level.
EDCI 7115 K-12 Curriculum Studies: English Language Arts
ENGL/EDSE/EDRG (6000 level or above)
EDEC 7126 Issues in Mathematics Education in Early Childhood
EDMG 7125 Issues in Mathematics Education in Middle Grades
MATH, EDCI math, EDMG math, or EDSE math (5000 level or above)
EDSE 7135 Curriculum Studies in Secondary Science Education
EDMG science courses
BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/PHYS (5000 level or above)
EDSE 7145 Curriculum Studies in Social Science Education
HIST/POLS/ECON (5000 level or above)
EDRG 6116 Integrating Literacy Strategies in the Middle Grades
EDRG 6148 Psychology of Reading
EDRG 6245 Assessment and Classroom Instruction
EDRG 6756 Classroom Literacy Seminar
(Completion of these courses satisfies requirements for PSC Reading Endorsement.)
For other possible concentration areas (ESOL Path, Instructional Technology, Gifted Endorsement) see coordinator of program of interest.
Area 3 Electives Required Hours: 4
Total Hours Required: 30*
*If an individual does not hold a Middle Grades Certificate, EDRG 6116 and EDMG 6155 must be completed as part of the program of study and evidence presented of field experience in grades 4-8. More than 30 total program hours may be required in order to fulfill this and certain special education concentration area/endorsement requirements.