Master of Arts and Master of Education Degree Programs

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers three options for a master's degree Social Studies Education:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with Report (33 Credit Hours)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with Thesis (30 Credit Hours)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) (36 Credit Hours)

The MA requires an independent report or thesis, while the M.Ed. requires additional elective course work.

Our degree programs focus on teaching and learning in urban contexts and thus require that candidates have or are in the process of acquiring three years of teaching experience. The degree is designed to help practicing social studies teachers extend their understanding of the importance of linguistically and culturally diverse learning communities in constructing ideals of participatory citizenship education. Students learn skills that help them become passionate teachers and prepare engaging curriculum for children.

Total Minimum Hours: 36

Basic Course Requirements (9 hours)

Curriculum Studies (3 hours)

  • EDC 383F  Curriculum Theory
  • EDC 385G  Historical Perspectives on Curriculum

Research Methods (3 hours)

  • EDC 380R  Educational Research and Design

Foundations  (3 hours)

  • EDC 384P  Multicultural Education
  • EDC 385G  Advanced Multicultural Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
  • EDC 385G  Foundations of Curriculum

Social Studies Specialization (minimum 9 hours)

Students with an emphasis on Social Studies will take additional related courses (minimum 9 hours), selected with the assistance and approval of the assigned advisor. Among the courses that might be selected to fulfill this requirement are the following:

  • EDC 382E  Teaching Elementary School Subject- Social Studies
  • EDC 382S  Teaching Secondary School Subjects: Social Studies
  • EDC 385G  Current Issues Teaching the Social Studies
  • EDC 385G  History of the Social Studies
  • EDC 390T  Humanities and Literacy in Social Education
  • EDC 390T  Improving Social Studies Education
  • EDC 390T  Institutes in Instruction: Critical Issues in Social Education
  • EDC 396   Seminar: Social Studies Education
  • EDC 384: Research in Elementary Social Studies 
  • EDC 385G: Perspectives on Democratic and Citizenship Education 
  • EDC382E: Social Studies Education: Issues and Research in the Field

Courses Outside the Department (minimum 6 hours)

Some coursework is required from outside the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This includes the other departments in the College of Education Coursework from the following sections may fulfill this requirement:

  • Basic course requirements
  • Specialization

Additional Requirements

Based on type of degree sought.

Master of Education with Coursework only (36 hours total minimum)

  • Elective (Minimum 12 hours)

Master of Arts with Report (33 hours total minimum)

  • EDC 398R Report and
  • Elective (minimum 6 hours)

Master of Arts with Thesis (30 hours total minimum)

  • EDC 698A & 698B  Thesis

All programs must include at least six semester hours outside the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Up to nine hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework may be counted toward the M.Ed. (distributed as follows: six hours in Curriculum and Instruction and three hours outside C&I, or three hours in C&I and six hours outside C&I). Up to six hours of upper division undergraduate coursework may be counted toward the M.A.