Master of Arts in Education: Middle Level Teacher concentration

Middle level students present special challenges as they transition from childhood to adolescence. The Middle Level Teacher Area of Concentration allows a practicing teacher to obtain a certificate in teaching grades 5-9 in the State of Missouri within the 30 credit hour Master of Arts in Education. Courses are theory-based with practical applications for the classroom and schools. The certification courses follow the guidelines of the National Middle School Association. The course of study described below presumes teachers hold a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate and twenty-one hours in an academic area of concentration.

For more information contact: Penny Greene, School of Education at 314.529.9581 or by email at pgreene@maryville.edu.

Program Features

Recognized for Excellence
When you earn your MA in Education from Maryville, you’ll have opportunities for excellence on every level. Our program is nationally accredited and recognized locally for being a leader in middle grades teacher education. You’ll work with outstanding faculty members and exemplary professionals in the field. You’ll enjoy small classes, innovative approaches and plenty of opportunities for professional growth. With a strong foundation of theory and its practical application, you’ll earn the reputation of being one of the most highly respected and best educators in the region.

Strong Preparation for the Changing World of Schools
Maryville’s School of Education will help you develop into a reflective teacher who is committed to democratic education. This degree provides a strong background in issues important to teachers of middle level students, including an emphasis on curriculum and assessment and the skills to work with all aspects of the development of young adolescents.  In fact, Maryville’s program informed the design of the state’s license in middle level education.

Professional/Career Opportunities

What’s Next?
Teachers who earn their master’s degree typically earn a higher salary – at all levels – than those without a graduate degree. Because Maryville’s School of Education has national accreditation, you’ll be qualified for positions in any of the 50 states, or in English-speaking schools abroad. Middle level certification allows you to teach in elementary schools in grades 5 and 6, and middle schools from grades 6 – 9.  

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission to the master’s program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. You must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your undergraduate studies; below 3.0 may apply for provisional acceptance.
  • Submit the processing fee.
  • Complete an application for admission to the program (online).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
  • International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.

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