Catalog 2010-2012

Middle Level Education: Content Specialization

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

The degree program in Middle Level Education: Content Specialization requires a minimum of 33 semester hours for non-thesis option or 36 semester hours for thesis option.

The Middle Level Education: Content Specialization degree program focuses on the improvement of learning environments for children in middle school grades 5-8.  The program has a common core of courses in two areas: (1) middle level education (development and characteristics of middle school aged children, programs and practices of high performing middle level schools, instructional and assessment strategies, and management strategies), and (2) one of the four content areas (mathematics, science, social studies or language arts).  It is expected that the student will possess a content area specialization through their prior undergraduate or graduate course work which meets one of the categories of content area specialization (such as a 24-hour area of concentration, a minor, or a major with a subject area specialization in a teacher education program).  Students entering this Master's program will select a second subject concentration area to pursue in the Master's degree program. (It is required that students have at least two areas of subject area concentration at the end of their program.)

The holder of the Iowa middle level education endorsement is authorized to teach in grades five through eight in the two concentration areas in which the specific requirements have been completed.  The holder is not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education, but may teach in other areas allowed by the State of Iowa.  The diploma for the degree will indicate the concentration areas.

This master's degree is available on the thesis and non-thesis options.  A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option. Students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. This oral comprehensive examination will normally accompany the thesis defense. Students completing the thesis option must include 6 hours of 210:299 on the program of study. Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to complete the departmental research requirement.  In lieu of a comprehensive examination, all students must complete a comprehensive portfolio that meets the requirements of the division faculty during their final semester of course work.



  Instructional Technology: 240:232.....3 hours

  Measurement and Research: 250:205.....3 hours

  Research Curriculum and Instruction: 210:299.....3 or 6 hours

    Thesis option (6 hrs.) or Non-thesis option (3 hrs.)

Required Middle Level Education core:

  Educational Psychology: 200:152.....3 hours

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:135; 210:270.....6 hours

  Literary Education: 230:212.....3 hours

Required Content Area Core/Concentration (see below):.....12 hours

33 or 36 hours


Required Content Area Core:

Students will complete a minimum of 12 hours of graduate level course work in one content area concentration. This content area concentration must be the student's second content area concentration.

Prior undergraduate or graduate work (in one of the other areas specified below) will qualify for completion of the first area of content area competence.  Content area concentrations are limited to the following four areas and must include the specified course work.


Required Content Area Concentration (12 hours):

Mathematics: to include algebra (12 hours)

Science: to include life, earth, and physical (12 hours)

Social Studies: to include United States history, world history, government, and geography (12 hours)

Language Arts: to include composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures (12 hours)

Some or all of this course work may be completed as part of the Liberal Arts Core requirements for the undergraduate degree, but only graduate level course work will be accepted for course work toward the graduate degree.