Master of Education in Middle Grades and Special Education

The Master of Education (MEd) in Middle Grades (grades 4 through 6) and Special Education (PreK through 8) prepares students for initial teacher certification in middle-level teaching (grades 4 through 6). Middle-grades teachers, particularly those who hold dual certifications, are increasingly sought out and in high demand in Pennsylvania and across the country.

The College of Education MEd program in Middle Grades and Special Education is designed to ensure not only that there are certified teachers to fill the local and national need for inclusivity, but also that our students graduate with expertise in learning and teaching and a commitment to pre- and adolescent learners from diverse economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. To that end, the master’s program aims to build deep content-specific educational knowledge that aligns with the variety of academic standards and wide-ranging developmental demands of middle-grades students and students with special needs.

Temple’s cutting-edge master’s degree program stands out because it prepares graduate students to teach in both elementary and middle grades classrooms.

Concentrations

In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in grades 4 through 6 and special education (PreK through 8), all Middle Grades and Special Education MEd students pursue certification for grades 7 and 8 in one of the following concentrations.

    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Language Arts
    • Mathematics and Science
    • Science
    • Science and Language Arts
    • Social Studies

Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to pass the teacher certification exams to become certified as a middle grades teacher (grades 4 through 8) and as a special education (PreK through grade 8) teacher. Certification is your license to teach in Pennsylvania.

You will also earn Temple’s recommendation to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. Learn more about this certificate and the certification process.​

Fieldwork 

In addition to state certification exams and student teaching, you must complete field experiences as part of your coursework. Field placements are designed to give you teaching experience working with children in educational and non-educational settings. The majority of field experiences require students to spend seven full days over the course of a semester in the classroom. During the student teaching semester, students are required to spend every day in the classroom for 14 weeks.

Temple Teacher Residency Program

Applicants to Middle Grades Education programs who are interested in earning certification through a full-time, urban-focused STEM teacher residency program may also explore Temple’s Teacher Residency program.

Related Graduate Degrees

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Review the full list of the College of Education’s graduate degree and graduate certificate programs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. You'll also find opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Students can join the 

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Questions

For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu

ED-MGSE-MED

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