Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Specialties
Middle Grades Program Director
Office: SOE Building Room 338A
Dr. Roger A. Ladd
Professor, Deprtment of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages
Director, Graduate English Education
Office: Dial Humanities Building 121
Mrs. Mary Klinikowski (Interim)
Director of Assessment, Teacher Education Programs
Director, Graduate Mathematics Education
Office: Education Center 112
Dr. Rita Hagevik
Assistant Professor, Deprtment of Biology
Director, Graduate Science Education
Office: Oxendine Building 2240
Dr. Serina Cinnamon
Professor, Department of History
Director, Graduate Social Studies Education
Office: Dial Humanities Building, Room 207
The advanced Middle Grades Education degree program is designed for experienced teachers who possess or who are eligible to hold an “A” license in middle grades education. Building on the background knowledge and experience of the classroom teacher, the program seeks to strengthen advanced academic competence and to relate advanced understandings of the learner, learning process, curriculum, and instructional strategies to the unique needs and characteristics of the emerging adolescent.
The Program will prepare the teacher to
1. Develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of middle grades education and theories about its future development, including organizational components and assessment and evaluation in the middle grades setting.
2. Develop an understanding of middle grades curriculum and practices appropriate for the emerging adolescent learner.
3. Develop a greater understanding of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of middle grades education.
4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the content and pedagogy of the middle grades curriculum.
5. Improve educational practice through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and action research.