Social Science Education

Graduate Certificate

Department: School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

The Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is for teachers who instruct students in social science content in grade levels K-12. The program is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in social science classrooms. Graduates of the K-12 Social Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in learning social science content. The focus of the K-12 Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in social science education.

Other K-12 Social Science Programs

A Master of Education (M.Ed.) in K-12 Social Science Education is available.  Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate may transfer credits from the Social Science Education Graduate Certificate into the M.Ed., if they meet the acceptance criteria and are admitted into the M.Ed. in Social Science Education program.  In addition, the K-12 Social Science Education master’s program is closely allied with the Ph.D. in Social Science Education. Graduates of the K-12 Social Science master’s program have been very successful in completing advanced graduate degrees.

CURRICULUM

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • SSE 6388: Digital History in the K-12 Classroom (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6636: Contemporary Social Science Education (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours
Choose two courses (6 credit hours) from the following:

  • EDS 5356. Mentoring and Clinical Supervision of Pre-professional Educators (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 5391: Global Education: Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 5776: Democracy and Education (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 5790: Inquiry and Instructional Analysis in Social Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6387: Teaching with Film (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6617: Trends in Elementary School Social Studies Education (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6938: Methods in Elementary School Social Science (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline(s).
Admission is open to those preferably with three years of experience teaching social science content in one of the grades K-12.

Application Deadlines

K-12 Social Science Education Certificate Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants - Jul 15 Dec 1 Apr 15
International Applicants - - - -
International Transfer Applicants - - - -

Coordinator
Scott Waring, Ph.D.
Office: ED 206 J

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