Secondary Education – Social Studies

Ready to train the next generation of global citizens? With an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Social Studies Education, you'll have the opportunity to integrate theory, research and practice so that in one year, you’ll be ready to step into the classroom with the knowledge and skills to confidently teach diverse student populations. 

This program is designed as a full-time, 12-month (summer, fall, spring) program in which students complete all requirements as a cohort. This model provides for an intense and rewarding experience and creates a strong network of support among students, faculty, cooperating teachers and university supervisors.

In addition to rewarding careers as teachers, many of our graduates go on to become department and school leaders, enter the field of museum education, or pursue doctoral degrees in education, history or public history.

Requirements

Graduate students in Social Studies complete a 41-semester hour program that includes educational foundations course work, methods courses in social studies curriculum and instruction, and student teaching experiences. Download the M.A.Ed. Secondary Social Studies Program of Studies (pdf) for course descriptions and sequence. 

Field Experiences

In addition to your coursework, you will spend time in real classrooms throughout the program. You'll have the opportunity to observe and interact with students in a diverse range of school settings:

Fall clinical field experience: You’ll be placed in a local school with a cooperating teacher mentor to complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation and interaction. Coursework is linked to the practica experiences, with faculty supporting students as they become immersed in the classroom.

Spring student teaching: Students continue working in the same classroom for their spring student teaching experience. This full-time teaching internship provides an intensive and critical component of your preparation as a teacher.

Subject Area Requirements

A major in history or a social science (government, public policy, international relations, economics, psychology) Coursework must include a minimum of:

  • 12 hours in government, including at least 3 hours in American government or politics
  • 18 hours in history, including at least 6 hours in American or U.S. history

Additional subject area requirements:
3 hours in each of the following subject areas: economics (micro or macro), human geography, non-western history/culture, sociology, anthropology

Licensure Requirements

Students who wish to teach Social Studies in public secondary schools must have a state license to do so. To be eligible for a state license, students must successfully complete a baccalaureate degree with a major in history or a social science (government, public policy, international relations, economics, psychology) or have the equivalent in coursework, complete the course requirements of the Secondary Social Studies program, pass all testing requirements, and complete the specific subject area requirements required by the state. Students who are accepted into the M.A.Ed. program with undergraduate program deficiencies must complete course work to remove these deficiencies before they are eligible for licensure.

Assessments 

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: Reading, Writing and Mathematics or appropriate substitution
  • Praxis II: Subject Assessment Test
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

Virginia License

First Aid, CPR and AED Training

Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card.  Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

Social Studies Education Contact

[[jdstod, Jeremy Stoddard]]
Professor and Chair, Curriculum & Instruction
(757) 221-2348

Download Program Fast Facts (PDF)