Program Details

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. Non-degree programs are available which lead to certification for individuals with a prior master's degree and less than 21 credits in history and/or geography. 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

Office Hours
Murrow, Sonia Program Head (spring term) 718.951.5000, X3769 2606 James Hall smurrow @  


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


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.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer a distribution approved by the 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, preferably including 15 credits in history.

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

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching social studies for grades 712;

(b) 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 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;

(c) 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 head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education and the 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.

Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education for counseling.

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

Degree requirements
A minimum of 30 credits is 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 complete a minimum 12 credits in courses in the Secondary Education Department. Students take different education courses and sequences of courses depending on their previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold.

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies must complete 9 credits in Group II and 3 credits in Group III, below.

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies or equivalent course work and teaching experience or who are teaching but do not possess Initial Certification in teaching social studies must have the appropriate course work and credits in the subject area and must complete the appropriate courses in Group I before taking courses in Group II and III, below.

Students pursuing Initial Certification in teaching social studies must take Secondary Education 7503X, Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum, in Group III.

Students who already have a master's degree but wish Initial Certification in teaching social studies must take appropriate courses in Group I and Group III, below, as determined at the time of matriculation by the program head of Social Studies Education.

Group I: Secondary Education 7500X, 7501X, 7532T, 7542T, 7515T, 7543T, 7671T.

Group II: Secondary Education 7502T, 7509T, 7522T.

Group III: Secondary Education 7503X.

Students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in Secondary Education 7522T. This project meets the Comprehensive Examination/Thesis requirement for the program.

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