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

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The master of science in social studies education (7-12) program helps candidates become educational leaders and innovative change agents as they acquire eligibility for permanent/professional teaching certification for grades 7-12.

The program is based on a model that gives equal weight to pedagogy and content matter. Fifteen credit hours of social studies education/pedagogy and 15 credit hours of history/social sciences are required for the M.S. in education degree. The social studies education/pedagogy portion of the program consists of courses in social studies curriculum, social studies methods, theory, and research methods to address the curricular concerns of the National Council for the Social Studies. The history/social science portion is divided into 9 credit hours of concentration and 6 credit hours of electives. Furthermore, the program links pedagogy and the content area by requiring two block courses (6 credit hours each) so students concurrently take a history and related pedagogy course in the same semester.

At the completion of 12 credit hours of coursework in the program, the student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Prior to the completion of 12 credit hours, the student must file an application for candidacy, which is a written contract specifying the courses to be completed in the master’s program. Advisement: Each student is assigned an academic adviser. It is imperative that students regularly consult with their advisers. All students must have their programs of study approved by their advisers and the department chair.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

C205 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

2. 36 credit hours in history and/or the social sciences.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Requirements: (a) Successful completion of a master’s thesis (SSE 795), or (b) a comprehensive examination, or (c) defense of a graduate portfolio.

Program Requirements

At least 15 credit hours must be from 600- or 700-level courses.

Required Courses* 15 cr
History and/or social science courses; 9 or more credit hours must be concentrated in a single discipline.

Professional Education Courses 15 cr
SSE 502* Teaching Social Studies
SSE 513 Seminar in Secondary Social Studies Education
SSE 655* Social Studies Laboratory
SSE 689 Research Methods and Techniques in Secondary Social Studies
SSE elective Social Studies Education Elective

* Must be taken concurrently with one History content course

Master’s Thesis, Portfolio Defense, or Comprehensive Examination 0-6 cr
Select one option:
SSE 795 Master’s Thesis (3–6)
Defense of Graduate Portfolio (0)
Comprehensive Examination (0)
Total Required Credit Hours 30-36 cr

*Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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