The doctoral program in Middle Grades Education is for individuals who wish to develop research and teaching skills, engage in intensive study of educational issues, and conduct and disseminate original educational research.

The program of study for the Ph.D. is not simply a list of courses to be completed but a comprehensive set of experiences that the student designs with the support of the major professor and advisory committee. The program requires more than 3 years of intensive study and research. The dissertation is expected to be a unique contribution to the scholarly literature. A number of doctoral students also work as graduate assistants, which gives them opportunities to develop their skills as college teachers and researchers. In addition to becoming college or university faculty, graduates of the program sometimes take leadership positions in school districts, government agencies, or other educational organizations. Minimum admission requirements are: (a) a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA; (b) a Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.50; (c) a GRE score of at least 1000, with a minimum score of 450 on the verbal and quantitative subtests; and (d) 3 years of teaching experience with middle grades children. International applicants must submit a combined IBT TOEFL of at least 80 (a minimum of 20 on the speak and write), or a CBT minimum score of 213, or a paper-based minimum score of 550. Application deadlines for U.S. applicants are: March 1 to begin in Summer or Fall semesters, and October 1 to begin in the Spring semester. International students should plan to apply two months earlier than these deadlines.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_EDMS

School/College: College of Education

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Athens, GA 30602-7101


Academic Department: Educational Theory and Practice

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Athens, GA 30602-7177

Graduate Coordinator: Hilary Hughes


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