Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education

The B.S. in Middle Grades Education is designed to prepare effective teachers for learners in the middle grades (grades 4 through 8) and leads to initial teacher certification in two content areas (language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies) for grades 4-8 in Georgia.

The program emphasizes advancement of candidate understanding of adolescent development, educational psychology, curriculum, assessment, and teaching strategies particular to the teaching of middle grades education. Through year long clinical experiences, candidates apply all they have learned so that they can impact the learning of all of their students.

Program of Study

The program includes 120 total hours, including 42 hours of Professional Education courses. All students complete 60 hours of General Education courses. Candidates choose to concentrate study in two of the following content areas, declaring one area as “primary” and the other as “secondary":

  • Language Arts Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

NOTE: The Reading Education concentration is no longer admitting students. Students who complete EDRD 3320 prior to or during the fall semester of 2017 will be allowed to complete the concentration. Please contact the B.S. in Middle Grades Education Program Coordinator at for more information.



KSU Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education Degree students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credit Hours: 120 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Time to Complete: Four-year Program

Primary Campus: Kennesaw

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Degree Pathway

Stay on path for graduation by using the degree pathway that maps out your courses by semester and by year.

Middle Grades Education Degree Pathway
degree pathway

Middle Grades Education Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Choose Your Area Expertise — A secondary education degree from KSU provides you the opportunity to choose the focus of your teaching career. You can select concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics.

  • Hands-On Learning Experience — Secondary Education degree graduates get the opportunity to experience unique, hands-on learning experiences. You’ll graduate from the program with the tools and skills needed to begin your career.

  • Advocate for Education Resources — Many educational professionals must also learn to advocate for their students’ needs. You will have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to support your students — at the local, state and even national levels.

What can you do with a Middle Grades Education degree?

A Secondary Education degree focuses on a specialized subject matter (biology, math, chemistry, etc.) and teaching skills. As you progress in your career, you can broaden your expertise in either field or student body (middle to high school). The Secondary Education degree can lead to various professional jobs such as:

  • Adult Literacy or High School Equivalency Diploma Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • School Counselor
  • Social Services Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Youth Program Director

Middle Grades Education Salary and Career Information


Double Owl

Double Owl Pathway

This program offers a Double Owl Pathway. The Double Owl Pathway is an advising pathway for high-potential KSU undergraduate students who want to accelerate a Master's degree at KSU.

Double Owl Pathways

Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education

Kennesaw State University
Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building 
580 Parliament Garden Way NW
Mail Drop #0122 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-6314



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