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Social Studies Education

Program Descriptions

There are four Secondary certificate programs in Social Studies Education:

1. Initial Certificate in Social Studies Education:Undergraduate
2. Initial Certificate in Social Studies Education: Graduate
3. Professional Certificate in Social Studies Education:Graduate
4. Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education: Graduate

  1. The Undergraduate Initial Certificate Program in Social Studies Education emphasizes a solid grounding in offerings in the Arts and Sciences, with a strong concentration in history and the social sciences. Candidates complete a major in history and take education courses that comprise a concentration in Secondary Education.Most students begin their education courses in their junior years and may require the summer and/or an additional semester to graduate. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the program with a 3.0 GPA in the major.

    Program Planning Sheets for the Undergraduate Program in Social Studies Education – includes admissions and course requirements (pdf file)

  2. The Initial Certification Program is for graduates holding a B.A. in history or who have majored in the Social Sciences, with a minimum of 21 credit hours in history. The program leads to an M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education.In the program, candidates take education courses as well as graduate level courses in history/social sciences so to further their knowledge of the content-area.Students wishing to stand for admission must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

    Program Planning Sheets for the Initial Certification Program – includes admissions and course requirements (pdf file)

  3. The Professional Certificate Program is for students who possess New York State Certification, and who wish an M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education. The program focuses heavily on building candidates' content knowledge in history and the social sciences.Students wishing to stand for admission must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

    Program Planning Sheets for the Professional Certificate Program – includes admissions and course requirements (pdf file)

  4. The Advanced Certificate Program is for graduate students who hold an M.A. in one of the social science disciplines, have a minimum of 21 credits in history, either at the undergraduate or graduate level, and wish to obtain the requisite education courses for New York State certification. They complete education course work, building their knowledge of teaching and learning processes.They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 in the M.A. program that they have completed as well as a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA.

    Program Planning Sheets for the Advanced Certificate Program – includes admissions and course requirements (pdf file)

Once admitted, students are responsible for checking all college deadlines, including applying for student teaching and filing for graduation.

Please note the prerequisites for Student Teaching:

  • Prerequisites for Student Teaching for Undergraduate Students: successful completion of EDSE 44200 and EDSE 45102 or their equivalents at the graduate level for undergraduate credit and New York State tests for licensure.Consult with the program director about the necessary state tests.
  • Prerequisites for Student Teaching for Graduate Students: successful completion of EDSE 2100E and EDSE 2300E and New York State tests for licensure.Consult with the program director about the necessary state tests.