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)
Preferred Course(s): For Middle School Science Specialization: (CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1110L

Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): For Middle School Science Specialization: (BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1103L) or (BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107H, BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 1108BIOL 1108HBIOL 1108L


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)
Preferred Course(s): Foreign Language 

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
Preferred Course(s): One course in COMM 1110 or COMM 2150H 


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


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
 * Social Science - ECON 2000-level; HIST 2000-level; or GEOG 1101 or GEOG 1103 or GEOG 2010H 
 * Science - Preferred Courses: BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1104 or BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1107H or BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1108H or CHEM 1110 ONE corresponding lab is required to complete required content hours in science. (Choose from BIOL 1103L, BIOL 1104L, BIOL 1107L, BIOL 1108L, or CHEM 1110L
* 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

This is a high-demand major. After meeting the application requirements, students will be selected based on the high-demand selection criteria listed below. Applications are available on the department’s website:  www.coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/bsed/middle-grades-education

The following are required to be eligible to apply to the program:
No more than 9 hours remaining in Core Areas I-V and Area VI; Completion of EDUC 2110 or EDUC 2110E; EDUC 2120 or EDUC 2120E; or EDUC(EPSY) 2130 or EPSY 2130E. A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for all completed Area VI and pre-professional courses. Minimum 2.80 GPA overall; A passing score on 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);

Link to application:https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/bsed/middle-grades-education/apply

The following are required to enter the program:
-Completion of Core Areas I-VI
-Cumulative and overall GPA of 2.80

Middle Grades Education Application: www.coe.uga.edu/apply/program/bsed/middle-grades-education

All teacher education candidates are required to have a GaPSC pre-service certificate prior to beginning field experience. Click on the link for the Pre-Service Requirements and instructions: https://coe.uga.edu/pre-service

For teacher certification completion, see below. 

High-Demand Major–Selection Criteria
  • GPA in Core Areas I through VI
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • HRLine

    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.)
    EDMG 5010/7010 (3 hours) 
    EDMG 5020/7020, EDMG 5020L/7020L 
    EDMG 5035/7035EDMG 5035L/7035L
    EDMG 5040/7040 (3 hours) 
    EDMG 5460/7460 (15 hours)
    LLED 3530  
    SPED 4030/6030*

    Choose two areas from Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science below:
         - Complete 15 hours of required courses from the two areas selected below.
    Complete the Area of Emphasis in Educational Studies in Middle Grades Education 

    Language Arts
    LLED 5210  
    LLED 5220 
    Nine (9) hours of Language Arts electives  
              One 3000-level or above must be an English (ENGL) course. 
              One 3000-level or above selected from CLAS, CMLTCOMM, DRAM, ENGL, JOUR, LING, LLED, or THEA.
              One course at any level selected from CLAS, CMLTCOMM, DRAM, ENGL, JOUR, LING, LLED, or  THEA.        

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

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

    Social Studies
    ESOC 4400/6400
    Twelve (12) hours of Social Studies electives:
              Must include two (2) 3000- level or above courses selected from the approved list of Middle School Social Studies Teaching Electives

    Area of Emphasis in Educational Studies in Middle Grades Education 
    12 hours of teacher education coursework (to be selected with an advisor) 
    45 hours of elective coursework (to be selected with an advisor) 

    Requirements for Teacher Certification:
    To be considered a UGA program completer and to be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility 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
    For detailed information on the program completion requirements, visit https://coe.uga.edu/teacher-certification

    *Beginning July 1, 2019, all teacher education candidates must have a grade of B or higher in the exceptional children course requirements for certification.  

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