Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Middle Grades Language Arts

Online 33 credit hours * 20 months

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Now Accepting Applications for August
New Program - Educational Leadership Offered As M.Ed./Ed. S./ Certification Only

Program Highlights & Benefits

Synchronous online format for flexibility and convenience

20 month completion time, including breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes


Middle Grades Language Arts certified teachers with a desire to become more effective in the classroom. Teachers who hold a professional certificate in another content area but have an interest in an advanced degree in Middle Grades Language Arts will not be eligible for a certificate upgrade until passing the GACE. Additionally, they will be required to sign the Out of Field Certification form.

What You Learn

Thomas University’s graduate programs for certified teachers are designed to enhance the role of the teacher as a leader in the school community. The program’s professional practices include candidate proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that are aligned with the expectations in professional and state standards. Coursework and experiences will be designed to address the following advanced outcomes: 

  • Advanced Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge: The candidate uses research-based, discipline-specific knowledge and pedagogy in coordinated and engaging ways to facilitate student learning. 
  • Research and Inquiry Skills: The candidate designs and implements research and assessment practices to improve teaching and learning for all learners. 
  • Professional and Ethical Practice: The candidate possess and practices a core set of professional and ethical dispositions, serves as a teacher leader and mentor, and models practices that embrace the importance of life-long learning. 

How You Learn

The courses in this program are eight weeks in length. Each course meets online from 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. every-other-week using Zoom. These synchronous face-to-face meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.

*Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Education degree in Middle Grades with a concentration in Language Arts and a level T-5 teaching certificate upgrade.

Degree Requirements

Advanced Professional Knowledge (12 hours):

Course #TitleHours
EDU 620Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction3
EDU 622Current Issues and Trends in Education3
EDU 623Educational Assessment and Decision Making3
EDU 624Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning3
 Total Hours:12

Research and Inquiry Skills (6 hours):

Course #TitleHours
EDU 610Educational Research3
EDU 612Teacher as Researcher3
 Total Hours:6

Professional and Ethical Practice (3 hours):

Course #TitleHours
RSC 600Intro to Graduate Programs3
 Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions0
 Total Hours:3

M.Ed. Middle Grades Language Arts (12 hours):

Course #TitleHours
RDE 651Foundations of Literacy and Assessment3
RDE 653Comprehension, Curricular & Programmatic Strategies
for Improving Literacy Across the Curriculum
RDE 654Enhancing Literacy with Literature3
RDE 656Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts3
 Concentration Hours:12
 Total Program Hours:33
Please Note:

This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.