Master of Education—Middle School Education

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 and beyond. We have designed our programs to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. We believe that practitioners who are schooled in reflective practices and contemporary, research-based classroom techniques, strategies, and resources become skilled educators. We further recognize that lifelong learning is a requirement of being an effective teacher/scholar and that professional development is integral to teacher growth.

The Master of Education in Middle School Education has been designed to reflect 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. The University’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 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. Six of the courses (18 credits) are in education, 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, Biology, General Science, Foreign Language/Spanish, English, History, or Mathematics/Science). The remaining one credit is awarded for completing a 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 and Classroom Management in the 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