Enhance Your Middle School Teaching Skills with Our Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades Education
Our 100% online Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades is designed to improve your teaching abilities for grades 6-8 in a variety of educational environments, including public and private middle schools.
The median annual salary for middle school teachers in 2020 was $60,810.*
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22,500 new middle school teaching jobs are expected to be created between 2019 and 2029.*
This graduate school credential in middle-level education can help you further your teaching career without committing to the years of study that often come with graduate-level education. If you’re in search of a non-licensure program that allows you to learn the basics of teaching middle school subject areas, our graduate certificate in teacher education for middle grades may be for you.
Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades
Our middle grades certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:
- Curriculum specialist
- Educational consultant
- Educational policy developer
- Instructional coordinator
- Middle school teacher
The skills that you gain from our certificate in middle grades can be an asset in many other aspects of the education world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a middle grades certificate from Liberty University.
Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Middle School Teachers, 2020 (viewed online June 23, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Why Choose Liberty’s Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades Education?
As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we can help provide the experience and resources you need to become a better teacher and advance your career in education. Taught from a biblical worldview, our online Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades embodies our belief in the power of faith and education to change lives. If you’re looking for an advanced education program that can provide you with the training you need in just 1 semester, consider furthering your studies at the graduate certificate level.
In this program, you can learn from professors who have served as middle school teachers and administrators. They can help you professionally integrate your faith into your classroom and prepare you to impact your students as a Champion for Christ.
Can I teach with a Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades?
A certificate provides documented credentials for job or postgraduate program requirements. However, this middle grades education certificate will not qualify you for teaching licensure. If you’re wondering how you can earn your middle grades teaching certification, you may need to research teaching licensure requirements in your state. Teachers seeking licensure should consider our Master of Arts in Teaching program instead.
All courses in this program are offered in an 8-week, 100% online format with no set login times, so you can further your education while remaining active in your career and family. Additionally, you can complete our online middle grades graduate certificate in just 1 semester, and your credits may transfer to one of our related online master’s degrees – so you can get a head start on pursuing a graduate degree program.
What Will You Learn in Our Online Middle School Graduate Certificate Program?
To equip adolescents for success in their middle school years, you need an advanced understanding of educational theory to help you reach your middle school students. Throughout this middle grades certificate, you can increase your understanding of the many kinds of instructional methods, so you can better understand your students and how they learn. You will also study the psycho-social setting of middle school education, relevant learning theories, strategies for networking with other teachers, and a content area of your choice.
- EDUC 601 – Professional Development in Middle Grades Education
- EDUC 602 – Young Adolescents, Schools, and Communities
- Choose one of the following courses:
- EDUC 635 – Teaching Science in the Middle School
- EDUC 637 – Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
Our Middle Grades Online Graduate Certificate Program Information
- This online certificate program falls under the School of Education.
- Download and review the Certificate Completion Plan for this education program.
- View the Graduate Education Course Guides (login required).
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Our Online Middle Grades Education Graduate Certificate Highlights
We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 3 online schools in America. Earning your online certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 8 years — and counting.
- You can complete this middle grades graduate certificate program online in as little as 1 semester.
- You may be able to transfer the courses you complete in the middle school certificate to applicable graduate education programs when you are ready to further your career.
Admission Requirements for Our Online Graduate Middle Grades Certificate Program
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.