Master Of Education In Middle and Secondary Grades

Program Plan of Study

Middle Grades Program Director: Dr. Jeanneine Jones

Overview: Faculty in the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary, and K-12 Education invite professionals with an interest in the early adolescent learner to work collaboratively with them in addressing the rewards and challenges found in teaching contemporary young adolescents. Those who join this program will graduate as reflective thinkers who have strong academic backgrounds, solid research agendas, and informed commitments to young adults. Members of the Middle and Secondary Grades Graduate Faculty at UNC Charlotte are dedicated to the preparation of quality professionals who are excellent lifelong learners and leaders. Successful completion of this program leads to advanced licensure in the designated middle grades content field. 

The Program:  This 33-hour program is designed to provide a course of advanced study which is built upon a body of knowledge and expertise common to middle grades professionals. The program graduates knowledgeable, effective, reflective and responsive practitioners who will become leaders in the profession. In order to do so, it includes study in areas such as educational research methodology, curriculum theory, analysis of teaching, and curriculum and material development, which includes the application of technology in teaching. In addition, candidates study advanced methodology and content in their discipline (i.e., Social Studies, English, Science, and Mathematics). Courses are also appropriate for teacher licensure renewal or individual professional growth. The program is advanced licensure and requires that teachers are currently employed in at least the last 9 hours of the program. 

Program Goals: Successful graduates will possess a comprehensive pedagogical, conceptual, and reflective knowledge base that can be applied to their classrooms through a well-honed and effective skills set. This developed and applied knowledge will be, in turn, shared with other professionals through a variety of leadership opportunities. Structure for the entire program is provided by both the College's Conceptual Framework and the following goals:

  1. Self-direct their personal and professional growth;
  2. Respond effectively to children's differences which are influenced by development, exceptionalities, and diversity;
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the content and pedagogy of the curriculum;
  4. Improve educational practice through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and applied research; and
  5. Serve as collaborative educational leaders.

Departmental Admission Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A 3.0 GPA range in undergraduate work
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • A North Carolina Class A teaching license in an appropriate Middle Grades field
  • A minimum of two years' teaching experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation

Financial Support: The Department has a limited number of graduate assistantships. Typical stipends range from $7,000-$10,000 for the academic year. These positions are open to full time students only. Applications are available from Elonda Kinloch, Office Manager, Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and K-12 Education 704-687-8877. 

For more information contact:
Dr. Jeanneine Jones
Middle Grades Graduate Program Director
Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and K-12 Education
UNC Charlotte 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-8875 (voice) / (704) 687-1630 (fax)

The University Catalog can be accessed here. Application forms and materials can be accessed on the Graduate School web site

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
210 Cato Hall 
9201 University City Blvd Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-5503 704-687-3279 (Fax)
Graduate Admissions Office Web Address:

Note: the University Catalog and current Schedule of Courses are available online at:


To Contact the Office of Middle, Secondary, K-12 Education
Phone: 704-687-8875 or 704-687-8878
Fax: 704-687-6430