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Middle Grades Education for Initial Certification

Western Kentucky University

12 months
953 USD/credit
917 USD/credit
607 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Western Kentucky University MAT in Middle Grades Education for Initial Certification leads to initial certification in Middle Grades Education (grades 5-9) for qualified individuals with bachelor’s degrees and content majors (or equivalent for those who qualify for temporary provisional certification in approved areas).


Course work and experiences in the program provide students who have a deep knowledge of their respective disciplines, but no background in professional education, with the pedagogical knowledge and skills to become highly qualified educators in their fields. 

Upon completion of the Middle Grades Education for Initial Certification program at Western Kentucky University, graduates will be professional educators who possess the dispositions and skills to apply state-of-the-art, evidence-based, best teaching practices to increase student achievement.

There are three concentrations in this program:

  • Alternate Route to Certification Concentration for English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science (EARC)
  • Standard Concentration for English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science (ESTN)
  • Residency Concentration for Science and Mathematics (ERSM) (e.g. GSKyTeach)

Note that Concentrations 1 and 2 appear identical; however, the differences between these concentrations are characterized by students with and without a temporary provisional teaching certificate and those who must meet the equivalent of the state required student teaching requirements along with the specific content area in which students are seeking certification.

Students in all three concentrations are expected to become competent in theory, research, and application of best teaching practices in their respective fields and to exhibit appropriate teacher disposition behaviors as indicated by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Disposition Rating Form. All professional education courses in the program require satisfactory completion of critical performance indicators (CPIs); these must be submitted as directed before the final course grade is recorded. Each course’s CPIs become a part of the student’s portfolio that is reviewed periodically throughout the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Internship for the MAT
  • Planning for Instruction 
  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Methods of Teaching Literacy to Adolescents
  • Foundations of Differentiated Instruction
  • Educational Assessment for P-12 Learners
  • Principles of Action Research for Teacher Leaders
  • Research Methods
  • Survey of Educational Technology Practices

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in physics, chemistry, or mathematics with a 2.5 GPA in the major area of concentration.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Satisfaction of state minimum requirements for GRE or PPST qualifying scores for admission to the professional education unit.
  • A successful criminal background check.
  • A passing score on the PRAXIS II test in the major area.  (This score must be submitted within the first semester of enrollment in the teacher residency program.)
  • Documentation to demonstrate that applicant meets all expectations for employment with the partnership school districts.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 953 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    917 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 917 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    607 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 607 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Bowling Green

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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