Doctor of Education in Secondary and Middle Grades


The Ed.D. in Secondary and 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.

We offer an Ed.D. in Middle Grades Education in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. 


  • Online Graduate Application (See Note above)- There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • An earned Master's degree in professional education or a related field.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - You must hold certification in middle or secondary education in the concentration in which you are applying for. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto 
  • Personal Statement and Research Analysis Task - Can be uploaded into the online application. The applicant will provide the personal statement and the research analysis of the article selected from the recommended list in his/her area of content expertise following the instructions in the Ed.D. Personal Statement and Research Analysis Task (Download list of pdf articles - Urban Legend, ENED-1, ENED-2 and ENED-3).
  • Professional Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least THREE years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration. 


This program accepts applications in Fall, Spring and Summer; the deadlines are:

  • Term
  • Fall 
    Jul 1
  • Spring
    Nov 1
  • Summer
    Apr 1

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their contact information, including mailing address, can be found here.


Graduate Programs in Education
Program Office: 470-578-6043 or
Program Website: