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M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education – Program Mission & Outcomes

The mission of the Master of Education in Middle Grades is to prepare grades 4 – 8 teachers who are:

  • knowledgeable of the content they plan to teach in their teaching/certification field.
  • effective at meeting the needs of diverse learners in their teaching/certification field.
  • effective at implementing diverse teaching and learning experiences (including technology) in their teaching/certification field.
  • effective at assessing, analyzing and reflecting about student learning in their teaching/certification field.
  • committed to exhibiting state and national teacher education professional dispositions that are expected of educators in their teaching/certification field.

The Master of Education in Middle Grades supports the university and College of Education vision by providing an opportunity for experienced professionals to (1) meet their individual intellectual and career goals through a flexible delivery model (online degree program) and (2) enhance their teaching and research skills The Master of Education in Middle Grades additionally supports the university and College of Education mission of engagement by providing learning experiences informed by scholarly practice, research, and creative activities. All program activities are designed to provide candidates a student-centered environment that promotes collaboration, technology integration, partnerships with middle schools, and lifelong learning.


 

Student Learning Outcome 1 (Content Knowledge)
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades graduates will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the content they plan to teach in their teaching/certification field, including the following elements:
a) creates learning environments that promote the content development of all young adolescents.
b) demonstrates an understanding of the philosophical and historical foundations of developmentally responsive middle level content practices
c) demonstrates knowledge of local, state, and national curriculum standards based on one’s knowledge of content that is integrative and grounded in the ideas, interests, and experiences of all early adolescents.
d) demonstrates the ability to make connections, engage learners in activities that support academic excellence, and integrate their content with the ideas and experiences of early adolescents.
e) engages students in challenging, culturally sensitive, and developmentally responsive independent and collaborative inquiry.
f) demonstrates an understanding of working collaboratively with family and community members.
g) demonstrates an understanding of the role of a middle level educational professional who supports young adolescents and models appropriate behaviors.


Student Learning Outcome 2 (Instructional Planning)
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades graduates will plan developmentally appropriate teaching and learning experiences for diverse learners in their teaching/certification field, including the following elements:
a) knowledge of middle level organization, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, planning and instruction
b) knowledge of depth, quality, and accuracy of assessment of middle level organization, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, planning and instruction practices
c) knowledge of depth, quality, and accuracy of assessment of candidate’s middle level organization, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, planning and instruction practices as it relates to their classroom, and teaching
d) makes appropriate recommendations for school, classroom, and teaching improvements regarding middle level organization, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, planning and instruction
e) narrative has appropriate grammar, mechanics, APA, and meets project deadlines regarding each middle level organization, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, planning and instruction section


Student Learning Outcome 3 (Instruction)
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades graduates will create developmentally appropriate teaching and learning experiences in their teaching/certification field, including the following elements:
a) artifacts demonstrate knowledge of middle level content and curriculum, students, learning environments and planning and instruction
b) rationale statement links middle level content and curriculum, students, learning environments and planning and instruction knowledge to appropriate standards
c) portfolio is organized, written clearly and easy to navigate


Student Learning Outcome 4 (Assessment of Student Learning)
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades graduates will create and analyze a variety of student learning assessments in their teaching/certification field, including the following elements:
a) gather and reflect on current performance data and demographics.
b) identify learning targets for the chosen unit of study.
c) plan assessment strategies that allow students to reflect on their own learning and develop instructional goals.
d) construct formative assessments to inform instructional decisions.
e) evaluate and analyze assessment results to improve student learning.
f) examine assessment data and develop strategies to communicate clear feedback to students and their families.
g) develop strategies for using available resources to record student progress.
h) analyze and develop consistent, fair, and accurate grading procedures.
i) use assessment data to make adjustments in teaching and improve student performance.


Student Learning Outcome 5 (Professional Dispositions)
Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Middle Grades graduates will demonstrate the professional dispositions that are expected of educators in their teaching/certification field, including the following elements:
a) commitment to the knowledge of the profession
b) commitment to the skills of the profession
c) commitment to professionalism
d) commitment to diversity
e) commitment to technology
f) commitment to the Practice of Continuous Reflection and Assessment


 

Last updated: 3/7/2019

Middle Grades Education • Dept. of Middle & Secondary Education • PO Box 8134 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5203