M.A. degree program in education: social studies teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 2201.01
NYS SED program code 26753

This program leads to New York State Initial or Professional Certification to teach social studies, grades 7-12. The length of the program depends on the individual's prior preparation: 30 credits for an individual entering with less than 21 credits in history and initial teaching certification; 30-45 credits for an individual who does not possess initial certification.
Graduates must hold more than 21 credits in history and/or geography to be recommended for NYS certification. Individuals entering without initial certification spend two terms student teaching -- one term in a middle/junior high school; one term in a senior high school. All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Murrow, Sonia Program Head (spring term) 718.951.5000, X3769 2606 James Hall smurrow @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate (if already certified), brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2015 semester.
Click here to view the current requirements

The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer a distribution approved by the social studies program coordinator of at least 21 credits in upper division undergraduate or graduate courses in one or more of the following: economics, geography, history, sociology, and/or political science, including 15 credits in history.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching social studies for grades 712; or courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching social studies in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 full days or 300 hours of student teaching of social studies in grades 7-12 or one year of full-time teaching of social studies in grades 7-12; and passage of edTPA.

(b) An undergraduate degree with an appropriate major or appropriate course work in the appropriate subject areas.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation. Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the chairperson of the Department of Secondary Education in the School of Education and the program coordinator of social studies.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admissions."

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Degree requirements
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A minimum of 30-49 credits are required for the degree.

Eighteen credits must be chosen from the field(s) of the Social Studies: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology. Students must choose at least one course from each of the distribution areas listed below, with a minimum of nine credits in history (not all courses will run every semester):

1) Economics: Economics 7215X, 7055X and HIST 7120X, 7441X.

2) U.S. Constitution: History 7412X, 7448X and POLS 7200X, 7210X.

3) European History: History, 7210X, 7220X, 7120X, 7230X, 7310X, 7320X, 7370X, 7380X and Sociology 7322X.

4) Global: History 7110X, 7512X, 7515X, 7517X, 7540X, 7550X, 7552X, 7562X, 7580X, 7530X and Political Science 7610X, 7650X, 7720X, 7780X.

5) US History: History 7411X, 7412X, 7420X, 7425X, 7430X, 7440X, 7442X, 7446X, 7448X, 7441X, 7450X, 7460X; Political Science 7030X, 7320X, 7330X, 7470X, 7570X; Sociology 7341X, 7342X, 7352X.

Students must enroll in the appropriate education courses listed below (Option A or B) based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option (A): 30 Credits
Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies, 7-12 or the equivalent must complete the following courses in Secondary Education: SEED 7502T, SEED 7671X, SEED 7509T and SEED 7522T.

Option (B) 30-46 credits
Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies, 7-12 or the equivalent must, depending on previous coursework, complete some or all of the following courses in Secondary Education: SEED 7500X, SEED 7501X, SEED 7502T, SEED 7503X, SEED 7671X, SEED 7532T, SEED 7542T, SEED 7515T, SEED 7543T, SEED 7509T and SEED 7522T.