Program Descriptions

There are four Secondary certificate programs in Social Studies Education:

Initial Certificate in Social Studies Education: Undergraduate

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.

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Initial Certificate in Social Studies Education: Graduate

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.

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Professional Certificate in Social Studies Education: Graduate

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 on building candidates' pedagogical knowledge, beyond that which has already been fostered, as well as their content knowledge in history and the social sciences.  Students wishing to stand for admission must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

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Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education: Graduate

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.

Admissions and Program Requirements

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

Undergraduate and graduate students can pick up program planning sheets from the Office of Admissions and Student Services located in the North Academic Center, Room 3/223A or from the Social Studies program director.