EDD - Middle Grades Education – Language Arts

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Middle Grades Education – Language Arts

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Admission Deadline: April 15 for Summer consideration

Please Note:  If accepted into our Doctoral program, a reservation fee of $250 will be due at the time of acceptance

Program Description: The Ed.D. in Middle Grades Education is designed for candidates who possess a clear renewable (or comparable) T-5 certificate and hold a master’s degree in a PSC recognized area of certification. Through this program candidates develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to serve as learner-centered specialists engaging in scholarly inquiry and research. Through the cognate and electives they deepen their expertise in a chosen area of study. This program of study thus provides the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just. The Ed.S. in Middle Grades is fully embedded in the Ed.D. program. Those students who complete the Ed.S. in Middle Grades at Kennesaw State may apply their entire program of study to the Ed.D. Those students who have completed their Ed.S. at another institution will be eligible to have their transcripts analyzed and can possibly receive up to 21 hours credit toward the Ed.D.

Tentative Program of Study


  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning  
  • EDUC 8300: Critical Multicultural and Global Education
  • INED 8760: Curriculum Development for English Learners and Students w/Exceptionalities 
  • EDUC 8150: Critical Analysis of Educational Policies & Change  
  • EDUC 8705: Seminar in Formative Assessment for Learning  
  • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I  
  • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I  
  • EDRS 9000: Research Seminar: Conceptual Frameworks and Research Design  

             Choose 1

  • EDRS 9100: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods or
  • EDRS 9200: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods


Area 1 (Teaching Field Pedagogy = 9 hours) Candidates may choose any 3 among the following:

  • EDSM 8500: Adolescent Development: Implications for Teaching
  • EDUC 8550: Curriculum Theory & Practice
  • EDUC 8700: Social Justice and Service Learning Inquiry through Autoethnography
  • EDUC 8800: Co-Generative Dialogue and Co-Teaching
  • EDSM 8400: Internship in Teacher Development or Teacher Education
  • EDSM 9300: Critical Issues for Student Learning
  • EDSM 9350: Doctoral Directed Study

Area 2 (Teaching Field Content = 15 hours)

ALL candidates take a Technology Course (3 hours). Select from the following:

  • MAED 7719: Technology and Mathematics
  • ENED 8741: Digital Media and Pedagogies in English/Language Arts Education (required for English/Language Arts concentration)
  • ITEC 7430: Internet Tools in the Classroom
  • ITEC 7440: Multimedia in Education
  • ITEC 7445: Multimedia and Web Design and Development in Education
  • ITEC 7450: Web Design and Development

Teaching Field Content Courses (12 hours) English/Language Arts – Required Courses:

  • ENED 8310: Applied Theory and Research in Writing
  • ENED 8701: Applied Research and Theory in Literature
  • ENED 9400: Designing and Conducting Research in English Language/Language Arts Education

Candidates should choose an additional 3 hours from:

  • ENED 8741: Digital Media and Pedagogies in English/Language Arts Education
  • ENED 8998: Internship in English/Language Arts Education
  • ENED 9300: Critical Issues for Student Learning
  • ENED 9350: Doctoral Directed Study in English/Language Arts Education
  • ENED 9375: English/Language Arts Program Assessment
  • PRWR 6280: Business and Technical Editing
  • PRWR 6500: Teaching Writing in High Schools and Colleges
  • PRWR 6650: Introduction to Literacy Studies
  • PRWR 6750: Teaching Writing to Speakers of Other Languages
  • PRWR 6860: Intercultural Communication in Context
  • PRWR 7550: Advanced Applied Writing

Note: In addition to teaching field content courses, the following education courses can be taken (WITH FORMAL ADVISOR PRE-APPROVAL) to satisfy requirements in Area 2:

  • EDUC 7725: Best Practices in Teaching and Learning in Content Field
  • EDUC 7710: Principles, Trends, and Issues in Standardized Educational Testing
  • EDUC 7702: Best Practices in Secondary Schools (for secondary majors only;
  • EDUC 7705: Assessment and Evaluation in the Content Area
  • EDUC 7706: Motivation

Students may be awarded the ED.S. after completion of 30-33 hours; please see program of study for Ed.S. required coursework.

COGNATE/GUIDED ELECTIVES (6 hours): With advisor approval


  • ENED 9900: Dissertation

TOTAL 66 - 75 hours


For more information:

Graduate Programs in Education
(770) 423-6043

Expected Qualifications

  1. An earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. A clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally approved equivalent.
  3. At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged. To prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.
What Needs To Be Submitted
  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three year of teaching experience.
  5. Complete and submit a Professional Reflections Statement.
  6. Submit a copy of your official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Services.
  7. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  8. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/international_admissions.shtml