Graduate Application Guide

Social Studies Education: Clinically Based Social Studies Education, Grades 7-12 - Advanced Certificate and Master of Arts Teacher Residency Program (SOCC)

We are no longer admitting students to this program. Please see our new Teacher Residency program, an MAT in Secondary Education that leads to eligibility for initial certification in teaching social studies to students in grades 7-12. 

Prepare for a career as an Social Studies teacher in urban middle and high schools. In this innovative teacher residency program – a partnership with the Great Oaks Foundation – you’ll gain hands-on teaching experience as a middle school tutor, integrating your graduate coursework on pedagogy and subject content into your daily teaching and learning experiences.

You will earn your advanced certificate degree after one year, which leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of Social Studies, grades 7-12, with reciprocity in New Jersey and most other states. You will then have the option to complete the remaining 12 credits for your master’s degree, which is required for professional teaching certification in many states.

Degrees offering initial teaching certificationprofessional teaching certificationdual certification with Special Educationand dual certification with Educational Theatre are also available.

Academic Plan Code: SOCC

Degrees: Advanced Certficate and MA

Credits: 30 (18 for the advanced certifcate, 12 for the MA)

Academic Load: Full-time only.

Application Deadlines
Fall: Rolling 
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the Clinically Based Social Studies Education Advanced Certificate, you must:

To be admitted to the Clinically Based Social Studies Education Master of Arts program, you must successfully complete the Advanced Certificate. The program director and Urban Master Teacher will provide their recommendations for continuance in the MA degree to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

In order to participate in this program, you must be willing to commit to three years of full-time teaching in a public or charter school. For more details, see the Clinically Based Social Studies Education program website.

How to Apply

You will submit your application materials to Great Oaks Tutors Corps, who will then submit materials to the Residency Coordinator. The Residency Coordinator will forward the information of qualified tutors to NYU Steinhardt's Social Studies Education faculty and the Office of Graduate Admissions for review and an admission decision.

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items: 


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

Tell us about your interest and goals in pursuing a graduate education in teaching Social Studies.


One official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.


New York State requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

Applicants to this program must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline.

As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Proficiency in English


2. Apply Online 


Complete and sign the application form.

Application Fee

The fee is waived for applicants to this program.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.