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Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Science Education is designed to provide professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the area of social science education. Study may focus on improving classroom teaching and/or in-depth study of such areas as global education, values education, citizenship education, critical thinking, and ethnic studies.



Social Science Education provides pre-service and in-service teachers with opportunities to develop instructional materials and curricular designs for history and social science classrooms, with a specific emphasis on historical thinking, media literacy, financial literacy, and geographic problem-solving. Through the integration of technology, students learn how to temper academic rigor with support to increase their curricula’s accessibility to students with diverse learning needs.

Accelerated Masters Program Option

Students interested in completing their M.S.Ed. degree as a full-time graduate student can also consider an accelerated process. This process simply means the required program of study can be completed in four semesters, provided the student enrolls in a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester. Courses completed for the accelerated process need to be approved by the social science education coordinator. See curriculum guide below for more information.


The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in social science education requires the completion of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students must complete 9 credit hours of C&I Core coursework and 9 credit hours of required social science education specialization core coursework. Students will be required to complete 6 credit hours of teaching method courses and complete 12 credit hours of focus area/elective coursework.

Required C&I Core (9 credit hours)
CI 500 - Introduction to Research Methods in Education (3 credit hours)
CI 503 - Introduction to the Curriculum (3 credit hours)
CI 504 - Systematic Approaches to Instruction (3 credit hours)

Required Teaching Methods Courses (6 credit hours)
CI465 - Advanced Teaching Methods
CI594g - Social Science Practicum

Social Science Education Core (9 credit hours)
EDUC 550 - Experimental Education: Teaching with Primary Sources
CI 470 - Advanced Social Science Teaching Methods - or –
CI 524 - Teaching the Social Sciences in the Elementary Classroom - or –
CI 569 - Principles & Trends in Secondary School Social Sciences Curriculum
CI 570 - Current Issues in Social Science Education Summer
CI 585g - Topical Seminar in Social Sciences As Needed
CI 590g - Independent Study

Social Science Education Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
Courses vary. See the Social Science Education Curriculum Guides below for more information:

VIEW CURRICULUM GUIDE | M.S.Ed. - Social Science Education

VIEW CURRICULUM GUIDE | M.S.Ed. - Accelerated Masters Program (AMP-SSE)