MAEd in Middle Grades Checksheet -- Language Arts Concentration

Master of Arts in Education: Middle Grades Education

Language Arts Concentration

Area Director: Dr. Roger A. Ladd

Required Professional Studies Core (12 hours)

  • EDN 5470. Advanced Classroom Management
  • EDN 5480. Advanced Foundations of American Education
  • EDN 5490. Effective Educational Leadership
  • EDN 5660. Applied Educational Research 

Specialty Area Requirements (21 hours)

Required courses:

  • EED 5510—The Teaching of Writing: Theories, Issues, and Practices (fall odd years)
  • EED 5520—The Teaching of Literature: Theories, Issues, and Practices (spring odd years)

Five courses from the following:

  • ENG 5000—Literacy in Context: Issues and Reform
  • ENG 5030—North Carolina Literature
  • ENG 5050/AIS 5500—Native American Literature
  • ENG 5100—Rhetorical Grammar
  • ENG 5200—Issues in Contemporary American English
  • ENG 5230—Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENG 5440, 5450—Process Writing Theory and Practicum
  • ENG 5500—Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENG 5600—Americans in Paris
  • ENG 5610—Shakespeare Studies
  • ENG 5750—Film Studies
  • ENGS 5000-5099 — Literary Topic Seminar
  • ENGS 5100-5199 —Special Topics in Literacy
  • ENGS 5200-5299 — Literary Genre Seminar
  • ENGS 5300-5399 — Author Seminar
  • ENGS 5400-5499 — Literary Period Seminar
  • ENGS 5700-5799 — Expanding Canon Seminar
  • One of the following: 
    • ENG 5810—Phonetics and Phonology (fall odd years)
    • ENG 5830—Second Language Acquisition (spring even years)
    • ENG 5850—Cultural Issues of English as a Second Language (fall even years)

Required Middle Grades Capstone Courses (6 hours)

  • EDN 5760. Advanced Methods for Middle Grades Instruction
  • EDN 5950. Professional Development and Leadership Seminar

Program Total: 39 hours

The degree must be completed within five years of admission to the program. Students should note rotation of core courses to assure that they can complete all requirements in a timely manner. Each graduate student should obtain the UNCP Catalog and the Graduate Student Handbook upon admission to the program. For additional information on the Graduate Program in English Education, consult

Note that this program is not a concentration of the Master of Arts in English Education, though the English content courses are shared with that program. Language Arts concentration students may want to take an additional graduate English course, in order to get the total number of English hours to 18, the minimum number required for post-secondary teaching. Note also that there are several courses offered as part of the MA in English Education that may not be counted toward the MAEd in Middle Grades Education, including ENG 5300: Theories and Methods of Literary Research, and ENG 5110: Principles of English Linguistics. ENG 5300 is particularly recommended for students seeking to add an additional course. Contact the Area Director for more information.