Social Studies Education


M.A. Program in Social Studies Education

To be eligible for the Master of Arts degree in Social Studies, students must successively complete the following 39-42 credit sequence:

I. Content Core

Students must satisfy the following required areas of study. These requirements may be met by either graduate courses or by undergraduate coursework taken prior to or after commencement of graduate study. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis as part of the admissions process. Lehman undergraduates can satisfy these requirements prior to admission in the master's program by choosing courses for their distribution requirements in the areas listed.

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Two history survey courses, one in U.S. history and one in European or world history.

History courses (15 credits)

All students must take: HIU 534 and HIW 533. The remaining 9 credits to be chosen in consultation with the Program Adviser.

II. Pedagogical Core. A total of 21 graduate credits (or equivalent) in the following sequences:

12 credits in General Education sequence:

ESC 501 (3): Psychological Foundations of Education.

ESC 502 (3): Historical Foundations of Education: A Multicultural Perspective.

ESC 506 (3) or the equivalent (3): Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings.

ESC 529 (3): Language, Literacy and Educational Technology.

9 credits in the Social Studies Education sequence:

(Candidates must have submitted passing scores to the Program Coordinator from the Assessment of Literacy Skills Test (ALST) prior to enrolling in ESC 533: Teaching World History in Middle and High School and/or ESC 534: Teaching U.S. History and Government.)

ESC 533 (3): Teaching World History in Middle and High School.

ESC 534 (3): Teaching U.S. History and Government.

ESC 708 (3): Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas.

Successfully complete a culminating project in ESC 708. See Program Coordinator for culminating project requirements.

III. Practicum

Candidates must obtain a B or better in each methods course as well as have passed the remaining certification examinations to be eligible to enroll in ESC 595 and ESC 612 OR ESC 596 and ESC 611.

ESC 595 (2): Internship in Classroom Teaching and ESC 611 (1): Teaching Seminar OR ESC 596 (3): Student Teaching in Middle and High School (1 full-time semester supervised student teaching) and ESC 612 (3): Student Teaching Seminar.

To graduate, students must complete all degree requirements, including educational core courses, and any additional requirements including pedagogical, content area and/or distribution courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major and a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7 in undergraduate work. If conditionally accepted, must earn 3.0 in courses designated by the Program Coordinator.
  • Bachelor's degree must be in History or any of the social sciences.
  • Students must have at least one undergraduate course in the following areas (candidates may satisfy these requirements while in the program):
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Geography
    • Political science
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Two history survey courses, one in U.S. history and one in European or world history.
  • The New York State A.L.S.T. (Academic Literacy and Skills Test) must have been taken and scores submitted to the Program Coordinator. If conditionally accepted, scores must be presented by the end of the first semester student is matriculated.
  • Candidates must schedule an interview with the Social Studies Program Coordinator that includes a transcript review.
  • If conditionally accepted, make up deficiencies by the end of the third consecutive semester of matriculation.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 500-word application essay on interest in the program as it relates to long-term career interests.

Last modified: Jan 14, 2014

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