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Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12), M.S.

The M.S. program in Social Studies Education prepares civic-minded graduates who educate and enlighten society’s youngest citizen and expand the classroom to every corner of the world.

This program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership addressed five critical areas for 21st century classrooms: social studies content knowledge, inclusive and culturally relevant pedagogy, critical reflection and explanations of practice, assessment of student learning, and professional conduct. This program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Social Studies (Grades 7-12).

Why Social Studies Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in one year, or study part time while working with flexible course options – no teaching experience or certification needed!
  • Prepares students for teaching diverse students in 21st century classrooms. From experiences in university classrooms, online, and in schools and communities, you will learn to design inclusive, culturally relevant pedagogy for all students.
  • Faculty members of this program are specialists and are highly interested in educational theory and research in the field of teaching the social sciences education.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • Strong collaborative ties with the faculty in the Department of History and other social sciences departments. Students will continue to develop content knowledge while learning how to teach and work with students and communities.
  • Each semester centers on an intensive field placement in a middle or high school setting to provide rich teaching experience with youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.

Graduates of this program have a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge, cutting-edge mathematics practices, and instructional best practices. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:

  • Social Studies, history, or political science teachers.
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, or school administrators
  • Sociologists, historians, urban planners, or researchers
  • Further studies in Educational Leadership, Public Administration, or another area of interest

Interested students with existing initial certification in Social Studies (Grades 7-12) should consider our M.S. program in Teaching and Curriculum.

Program Contacts

Jeffery Mangram, Associate Professor
jamangra@syr.edu|315.443.3293
Jeffery Mangram
Jeanne Schmidt, Administrative Assistant
jmschmid@syr.edu|315.443.1468
Jeanne Schmidt
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505