Middle Grades Education - B.S.Ed.


Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major


I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1101 or MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000

II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.


III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.


IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
Preferred Course(s): (HIST 2111 or HIST 2112) and POLS 1101


Area VI
EDUC 2110 or EDUC 2110E
EDUC 2120 or EDUC 2120E
EDUC(EPSY) 2130 or EPSY 2130E

Select two areas from the following: 
Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, Science

Take two courses (6-7 hours) in one area selected and one course (3-4 hours) in other area selected from the following: 

 * Language Arts - 2000-level CMLT and/or ENGL courses
 * Mathematics - (MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H), MATH 2260, or STAT 2000
 * Social Science - ECON 2000-level; HIST 2000-level; or (GEOG 1101 or GEOG 1103 or GEOG 2010H)
 * Science - Two science courses that satisfy Core Area II
* If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives)

Entrance Requirements

The following are required to be eligible to apply to the program:

Application Requirements
Note: Students interested in completing the Middle Grades Education (B.S.Ed.)/Middle Grades Education (M.Ed.) Double Dawgs pathway must have an overall GPA of 3.00 in order to gain entrance. For more Double Dawgs information: https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/bsed-in-middle-grades-education-med-in-middlegrades.

Required Prior to Beginning Middle Grades Education Program
All teacher education candidates are required to have a GaPSC pre-service certificate prior to beginning field experience in Semester One. Click on the link for the Pre-Service Requirements and instructions: https://coe.uga.edu/pre-service

As part of the Pre-Service Certificate requirements, all students must pass the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment with one of the following:
  a. Combined minimum SAT score:
     For SAT score reports dated prior to July 1, 2019: 

  • 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math, OR 
  • 1,000 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing and Math 

     For SAT score reports dated on or after July 1, 2019: 

  • 1,080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing AND Math 

  b. Combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores);

For teacher certification completion, see below. 


High-Demand Major–Selection Criteria


Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.

Required Courses (66-69 hours)

(A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required.)

Complete the following courses or the Area of Emphasis in Educational Studies in Middle Grades Education. 

Semester One
EDMG 5010/7010 (3 hours) 
LLED 3530
Content area courses 

Semester Two
EDMG 5020/7020, EDMG 5020L/7020L 
Content area courses

By End of First Year
SPED 4030/6030* (*As of July 1, 2019, students must receive at least a B in SPED 4030/6030 or SPED 4030E/6030E in order to receive Georgia certification)

Semester Three
EDMG 5035/7035EDMG 5035L/7035L
Content area courses

Semester Four
EDMG 5040/7040 (3 hours) 
EDMG 5460/7460 (15 hours)
Content area courses

Required Content Area Courses
Students choose two content area concentrations from Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science. Students complete 15 hours of required courses from each of their two selected content areas.

Language Arts
LLED 5210  
LLED 5220 
One 2000-level course (3 hours) from ENGLCMLT, or LLED
Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
    LLED 3520 or LLED 3520E
    LLED 4400/6400
    LLED 4410 or LLED 4410E
    LLED 4430/6430
    LLED 4450/6450
    LLED 5040/7040 or LLED 5040E/7040E
    LLED 5314/7314
    LLED 5318/7318
    LLED 5630/7630 or LLED 5630E/7630E
    LLED 5730/7730 or LLED 5730E/7730E 

EMAT 5280/7280
EMAT 5290/7290
EMAT 5320/7320
MATH 5020/7020
MATH 5035/7035

ESCI 4410/6410
ESCI 4430/6430
ESCI 4440/6440  
ESCI 4470/6470 (3 hrs) 
GEOL 4750/6750 

Social Studies
ESOC 4400/6400
Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
    ESOC 4000/6000 
    ESOC 5010/7010 
    ESOC(HIST) 5020/7020 
    ESOC 5030/7030 
    ESOC 5040/7040 
    ESOC 5060/7060 
    HIST(ESOC) 4112

One course (3 hours) from the following: 
    Any course with an ESOC prefix 
    AFAM(HIST) 2000 
    AFST(ANTH)(CMLT)(GEOG)(SOCI)(RELI) 2100     
    ATSC(GEOG) 3110 
    ECON 2100 
    ECON 2105 
    ECON 2106 
    ECON 2200 
    GEOG 3620 
    GEOG 3640 
    GEOG(AFST) 3650 
    GEOG 3660 
    GEOG(LACS) 4720/6720 
    GPST 3000 
    HIST 3030 
    HIST(LACS) 3220 
    POLS 4020 
    POLS 4030 
    POLS 4040 
    POLS 4060 
    PSYC(AFAM) 2150 
    SOCI(AFAM) 2020 
    SOCI 2420 
    SOCI 2470 
    SOCI 2600 
    SOCI 2730 
    SOCI(AFAM) 2820 
    SOCI 3010 
    SOCI 3030 
    SOCI 3060 
    SOCI 3070 
    SOCI 3080 
    SOCI 3280 
    SOCI(AFAM) 3300 
    SOCI(AFAM) 3310 

Program Completion Requirements for Teacher Certification:
To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for an Induction Certificate in an initial educator preparation program, you must complete the following assessments:
  • Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Exit Assessment
  • GACE Content Assessment
  • edTPA
  • Complete all Foliotek requirements if your program requires you to have an account
  • Complete COE Exit Survey
  • Complete Child Abuse and FERPA Training
For detailed information on the teacher certification requirements, visit https://coe.uga.edu/teacher-certification 

Area of Emphasis in Educational Studies in Middle Grades Education 
Please note: The Area of Emphasis in Educational Studies in Middle Grades Education WILL NOT lead to teacher certification.
12 hours of teacher education coursework (to be selected with an advisor) 
45 hours of elective coursework (to be selected with an advisor) 


General Electives (0-1 hours)
(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)