Master of Education/Master of Science - Curriculum & Instruction; Secondary Social Studies

The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice. The Department offers a M.Ed. in 17 areas of concentration as well as a M.S. in 13 of those areas. The master's degree consists of required core courses coupled with courses specifically related to the area of concentration. A culminating experience or thesis concludes the degree and provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained while in the program.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend history, perspectives, process, components of curriculum development, and research bases in the area of social studies.
  • Identify relationships between curriculum development, professional standards, subject matter knowledge, instructional strategies, and student learning.
  • Know the influences of various sources on teachers’ developing, understanding, and implementing curriculum materials in social studies.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various curriculum materials and their development and implementation in social studies.
  • Embrace the attitude of a professional, particularly the role of “becoming a teacher.”

Career Possibilities

  • Secondary social studies teachers
  • Secondary American studies teacher
  • Docent at a museums and similar institutions
  • Position with companies that develop, publish, and market secondary materials
  • Curriculum developer in public and private settings

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