Concentration in Middle Grades Education

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Lay the foundation of a successful transition

Young adolescents are undergoing profound change, and anyone who has taught middle-grades students knows this change can impact their academic performance and future trajectory in high school and post-secondary life. Help contribute to emerging trends for supporting middle-grade student growth and develop the skills you need to act as an educational leader with Brenau University’s Online Ed.D. program concentration in middle grades education.

Building on the foundation of the Ed.D. core, this program examines subject specific innovations designed to meet the unique needs of the middle school student. You may also choose to work with a faculty member to design an independent study course focused on a relevant issue.

Potential career paths after graduation

After completing your Ed.D. with the middle grades education concentration, you may qualify to take on leadership roles in:

  • Public or private schools
  • Private or non-profit youth enrichment programs
  • Local, state or federal government agencies serving adolescents and their families
  • Public or private research firms

Core courses

In our core curriculum, you’ll be challenged to understand the theory behind how education is practiced and critically explore the evidence for those theories. Regardless of your concentration, you will progress through the following 21 credits with your cohort:

  • ED 828 Legal Issues and Ethics—Understand the constitutional rights of students and educators; understand ethical and legal outcomes of student-instructor interactions and more.
  • ED 845 Curriculum Design, Theory, & Evaluation—Explore research-based practices for designing, evaluating, implementing and continuously improving curricula.
  • ED 860 Leadership in Education—Explore models of leadership and leadership development while building your own capabilities for creative problem solving through communication and interpersonal relationships.
  • ED 865 Academic Program Assessment & Evaluation—Take a holistic perspective of program and student evaluation, learn strategies for planning and evaluating assessment methods, and more.
  • ED 870 Educational Issues & Policy—Reflect and discuss current policy issues impacting the field of education and complete a research project based on an issue you feel is critical to the field.
  • ED 875 Cultural Perspectives & Leadership—Explore how diverse facets of individual identity impact teaching and learning, and look at systematic policy and other impacts on diverse students and instructors.
  • ED 932 Future Trends in Education—Evaluate and discuss emerging trends in teaching and learning, as well as the societal, political and economic factors driving them.

Research and dissertation advising

You will take 21 credits focused on advancing your research skills and developing the capstone of your degree—your doctoral dissertation.

  • ED 930 Advanced Research Methods—Build skills for analyzing data sets, evaluating research design and technique and designing research.
  • ED 935 Intermediate Qualitative Research—This is an intermediate research course focusing on quantitative methods including ANOVA, MANOVA, regression analysis, non-parametric statistics including chi-square, and introductory clinical trial design in a practice setting.
  • ED 940 Qualitative Research Methods—Comparisons and critiques of the major forms of qualitative research methodology and assessment of credibility, trustworthiness, reliability, and validity of studies that use qualitative designs are topics covered in this course. It will include development of research designs that can be used to inform therapeutic decision making and to assess intervention outcomes.
  • ED 960 Dissertation Advisement 1: Literature Review—Begin developing the dissertation by posing questions and reviewing existing content to find a specific issue or problem to address.
  • ED 965 Dissertation Advisement 2: Proposal—Build skills for designing the research for your dissertation, hone your proposal and begin developing the first chapters of your dissertation.
  • ED 970 Dissertation Advisement 3: Collection of Data—With advisor approval, enter the main phase of research for your proposed topic and continue producing chapters for the dissertation.
  • ED 975 Dissertation Advisement 4: Research Conclusion—Analyze your data, complete writing and revisions and prepare for oral defense of your dissertation.
  • ED 980 Dissertation Advisement 5: Dissertation Continuation (if applicable)—Students who need additional time to prepare their dissertation or submit corrections can enroll in a supervised continuation course.

Courses: Middle Grades Education

Please note that all classes in this concentration include a practicum requirement. You may opt to substitute ED 795 or ED 895 for one of the courses listed below.

  • ED 840 Innovations in Language Arts—Explore creative methods for integrating literacy across the curriculum and extending the skills of young adolescent learners.
  • ED 833 Innovations in Mathematics—Evaluate new and evidence-based practices for assessing mathematical ability and preparing middle-grades learners for applied and higher mathematics.
  • ED 834 Innovations in Science—Review case studies in science education and develop a grant proposal for a middle-grades science learning project or resource.
  • ED 835 Innovations in Social Studies—Explore methods for moving beyond the textbook in social studies, including an evaluation of the current literature.
  • ED 795 or ED 895 Special Topics in Education—Pursue independent research and exploration of a specific, self-designed topic relevant to the concentration with approval from a faculty member. You may investigate international or U.S.-based issues.

Help young students thrive while furthering your career. Earn your Ed.D. in middle grades education with Brenau University! Get in touch today to start the conversation with us.