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Middle Grades Education

Mercer University

24 months
7560 USD/year
7560 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education at Mercer University is intended for those who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking initial certification at the master's level. Successful completion of the M.A.T. program of study and passing scores on the appropriate GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 5 certification.


Key facts

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education program at Mercer University is designed to offer a comprehensive study of the specialized skills needed to teach and support students in grades 4-8. The program offers a wide scope of course content that focuses on theoretical and pedagogical issues while incorporating research, assessment, and technology integration. Diverse field experiences throughout the program help to prepare teachers to support the diverse needs of students. 

The program is designed for: recent college graduates with degrees in fields other than education; re-careering professionals; paraprofessionals who have bachelor's degrees; teachers who hold non-renewable certificates and who want to earn Clear Renewable master's level certificate; and teacher candidates from a wide variety of academic majors who are interested in earning both initial certification and a master's level teaching certificate.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to: 

  • Understand the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and physical characteristics and needs of the preadolescent student
  • Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and how the learning environment can be adapted to meet the diverse needs of middle grades
  • Design and implement an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum for at least two content concentration areas that considers the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and physical nature and needs of middle grades students. 
  • Develop and implement a wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies 
  • Integrate research based strategies and instructional technology effectively into all components of the middle school curriculum.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Education
  • Planning & Organizing Instruction in MG
  • Adolescent Development & Learning
  • Teaching Exceptional Learners
  • Culturally and Educationally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Content Area Reading: Literacy Development for Middle Grades/Secondary Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The program enrolls students five times per year in August, October, January, March, and May on Mercer's Atlanta campus.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online or Paper Application for Admission to Mercer University
  • $25 Application Fee*
  • Official College transcript(s)
  • Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Program Admission test scores*
  • GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment completion certificate

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
  • Official Translations
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English.
  • Financial Guarantee
  • Visa Status

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3780 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3780 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Doraville

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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