M.A. degree program in education: social studies teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 2201.01
NYS SED program code 26753, trans B 26752

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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.

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 Department of Secondary Education for the current requirements.

New York State Certification requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits of History and/or Geography, including coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Admission Requirements

Department Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - Priority Deadline
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - Priority Deadline
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate (if already certified)

5. A 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.

The same requirements apply to non-degree applicants.

REQUIRED TESTS:
1. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.


Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .


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These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2023 semester.
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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 15 credits in upper division undergraduate or graduate courses in one or more of the following: economics, geography, history, sociology, and/or political science, 9 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 a New York State-approved Teacher Performance Assessment

(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 Graduate Studies are in the section "Admissions" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Degree requirements

Each student is evaluated individually based upon prior experiences. Based upon this evaluation and current certification requirements of the New York State Education Department, courses in education or another department may be substituted for required courses with permission of the Program Coordinator.

Option (A): 30 Credits

Social Studies (18 credits):
Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies, 7-12 or the equivalent must complete the following courses in Social Studies:
15 credits from the field(s) of Social Studies: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology.
3 credits from the field(s) of Social Studies: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology or SEED 7613X: Teaching Concepts of Geography in Middle and High School

Education (12 credits):
Students must also complete 12 credits in courses in Education as follows:
Research in Social Studies Education: SEED 7612T; Literacy: SEED 7503X; Mindfulness SEED 7504X; Development and SEL: SEED 7507X.


Option (B) 30-40 credits

Social Studies (15 credits):
Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies, 7-12 or the equivalent must complete the following courses in Social Studies:
12 credits from the field(s) of Social Studies: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology.
3 credits, depending on previous coursework in History, from the field(s) of Social Studies: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology or SEED 7613X: Teaching Concepts of Geography in Middle and High School

Education Core (12 credits):
The following four education courses are required unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework.
Foundations: SEED 7500X; Literacy: SEED 7503X; Special Education: SEED 7671X; Development and SEL: SEED 7507X.

Student Teaching (4 credits):
The following two student teaching courses are required unless candidates have a New York State waiver: SEED 7542T, and SEED 7543T. (SEED 7500X and SEED 7610T must be completed before student teaching). SEED 7543T is not required if the candidate is teaching English full-time at an appropriate grade level.

Students teaching with a New York State Internship Certificate must be enrolled in either SEED 7542T or SEED 7001T during every semester that they are teaching under the certificate.

Social Studies Education (9 credits):
The following Social Studies education courses, or Social Studies education courses approved by the program coordinator, are required in the stated sequence unless candidates have taken one or more as part of previous coursework: SEED 7610T, SEED 7611T, SEED 7612T