Master of Education—Middle School Education

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Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Sara Young
Phone: 508-929-8246

The Education Department at WSU is committed to creating a teaching/learning-based environment that will provide caring, competent, creative teachers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. The programs provide theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. Practitioners who are schooled in reflective practices and contemporary, research-based classroom techniques, strategies, and resources become skilled educators. Lifelong learning is a requirement of being an effective teacher/scholar and professional development is integral to teacher growth.

The Master of Education in Middle School Education reflects the most current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) “Regulations for Educational Licensure,” particularly the aspects dealing with the provision for more content knowledge. Students have used the degree for career advancement, professional licensure, curriculum leadership, and other professional and personal goals. WSU's Department of Education collaborates with relevant departments in the Liberal Arts & Sciences to provide content area courses. Please discuss your content area with the program coordinator to ensure that WSU can meet your needs.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at WSU, candidates must possess the following attributes:

  • Possession of an Initial license in middle school education (grades 5-8) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure.

Program of Study

This program consists of thirteen (13) courses for a total of thirty-seven (37) credits. Four of the courses (12 credits) are in core education requirements, while six (18 credits) support the content field of licensure. All students take ES  950 Disciplinary, Multimodal and Critical Literacies Across the Curriculum as well as five (5) classes in their field of licensure (Humanities, Math, General Science, World Language/Spanish, English, History, or Mathematics/Science) to meet the content area requirements. The final three classes in the program are the advanced education courses of Research, Thesis Seminar and a one credit program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy.

Core requirements(12 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-958Middle School Curriculum and Instruction : Strategies and Modification3
ED-959Assessment, Differentiation and Data Analysis in Middle School3
ED-963The Understanding and Teaching of Culture3
Content area requirements(18 credits)
Graduate credits (5 courses) - from the student’s content area15
ES-950Disciplinary, Multimodal and Critical Literacies Across the Content Area3
Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements(7 credits)
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-994Thesis Seminar3
ES-926Portfolio Evaluation (Middle/Secondary)1
Total Credits37