Middle Grades (Grades 4-8) & Special Education (K-8) Master's Program

The graduate Middle Grades (Grades 4-8) and Special Education (K-8) program prepares students for initial teacher certification in middle level teaching (4-8 grades). Middle grades teachers, particularly those who hold double certifications, are increasingly sought out and in high-demand in Pennsylvania as well as across the country.

The College of Education program in Middle Grades and Special Education is designed to ensure not only that there are certified teachers to fill the growing vacancies, but that our students graduate highly knowledgeable about learning and teaching as well as committed to pre/adolescent learners from diverse ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. To that end, our program focuses on building deep content-specific pedagogical knowledge aligned to the breadth of academic standards and the wide-ranging developmental needs of middle grades students.

Our newly designed program stands out as cutting-edge because we prepare graduate students to teach in both elementary and middle grades classrooms. In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in grades 4-6, and special education (PreK-8), all Middle Grades Education students will pursue certification for 7-8 grades in one of the following concentrations:

Program Requirements

Explore our innovative coursework in your intended academic program.  Learn more about program requirements.

How to Apply

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Temple Teacher Residency

Applicants to the MEd in Middle Grades Education may consider applying to the Temple Teacher Residency. TTR is a teacher education program devoted to preparing diverse and highly-motivated individuals with strong STEM subject knowledge to teach science and/or mathematics in high-need schools in the City of Philadelphia. Residents gain certification through a full-time, urban focused STEM teaching experience.