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 leaders and mentors who are critical thinkers and reflective decision-makers in their schools. 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.
Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Education degree in Middle Grades with a concentration in Language Arts and will be eligible for a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia.
Advanced Professional Knowledge (12 hours):
|EDU 620||Applying Technologies for Effective Instruction||3|
|EDU 622||Current Issues and Trends in Education||3|
|EDU 623||Educational Assessment and Decision Making||3|
|EDU 624||Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning||3|
Research and Inquiry Skills (6 hours):
|EDU 610||Educational Research||3|
|EDU 612||Teacher as Researcher||3|
Professional and Ethical Practice (3 hours):
|RSC 600||Intro to Graduate Programs||3|
|Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions||0|
M.Ed. Middle Grades Language Arts (12 hours):
|RDE 651||Foundations of Literacy and Assessment||3|
|RDE 653||Comprehension, Curricular & Programmatic Strategies|
for Improving Literacy Across the Curriculum
|RDE 654||Enhancing Literacy with Literature||3|
|RDE 656||Patterns of Practice in the English Language Arts||3|
|Total Program Hours:||33|
This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.