Master of Education with Secondary Social Studies Certification

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In this two-year Urban Teachers program, candidates will gain research-based and practical knowledge of teaching through extensive field experience and coursework. The program is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings while constructing ideals of participatory citizenship education. Graduates of the program will be prepared to teach middle and high school students in grades 7-12.

Candidates earn:

  • A master's degree (M.Ed.)
  • Secondary teaching certification in English Language Arts (ELA) or Social Studies (SS)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement

This degree merges the M.Ed. in Social Studies Education and Texas teacher certification requirements for social studies teachers.

Total Minimum Hours: 43. Master of Education with Coursework (36 hours) with Certification (+7 hours)

Basic Course Requirements (9 hours)

Curriculum Studies (3 hours)

  • EDC 385G  Historical Perspectives on Curriculum

Research Methods (3 hours)

  • EDC 380R  Educational Research and Design

Foundations (3 hours)

  • EDC 390T  Multicultural Education
  • EDC 385G  Advanced Multicultural Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Foundations of Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching

Social Studies Specialization (minimum: 9 hours)

Students with an emphasis on Social Studies will take additional related courses, 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 
  • EDC 382E: Social Studies Education: Issues and Research in the Field

Courses outside the Department (minimum: 6 hours)

Coursework from the following sections may fulfill this requirement:

Special Education graduate course

  • SED 380  Cross-Cultural Interactions in Multicultural Special Education
  • SED 380  Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Special Education

*Outside department electives require advisor approval

Additional Requirements

Minimum 12 hours including:

  • EDC 370S  Advanced Methods in Social Studies
  • EDC 385G  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDC 382S  Methods of Teaching ESL
  • EDC 371S  Secondary Social Student Teaching Seminar

Additional Certification Coursework not included within the Master of Education (6 hours)

  • EDC 651S  Secondary School Teaching Practicum: Social Studies

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.Ed.

Total Minimum Hours: 42. Master of Education with Coursework only (36 hours) with Certification (+6 hours)

Additional Information is available in the Graduate School Catalog.

*These programs require fieldwork in area schools, and to undertake that field work, school districts require that university students each pass a criminal background check. If a student does not pass the criminal background check, she or he will be unable to complete the required work of the program, and any offer of admission will be canceled.