Middle Grades and Special Education Master of Education (MEd)

The Middle Grades (grades 4–8) and Special Education (PreK–8) MEd prepares students for initial teacher certification in middle-level teaching (grades 4–8). 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, as well as 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.


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

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

Temple Teacher Residency Program

Applicants interested in earning certification through a full-time, urban-focused STEM teacher residency program may also explore Temple's Teacher Residency program.

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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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