Department of Teaching and Learning

Accelerated BA/MA Teacher Education Programs

BA in History and MA in Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

Complete a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Only Five Years

Open only to NYU College of Arts and Science students, this accelerated dual-degree program allows you to earn BA in History and MA in Teaching Social Studies in only five years. You'll take content courses in history and acquire valuable teaching experience at New York City schools. 

Starting your junior or senior year as an undergraduate, you'll complete fieldwork at a New York City school and take coursework toward your master's degree, reducing the number of credits needed to complete the MA and saving both time and money. Graduates of this dual-degree program are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification in Social Studies for grades 7-12.

Learn more about why pursuing this dual-degree program and becoming a teacher are good ideas.

What you'll learn

See the courses you'll complete during your junior or senior year as an undergraduate, and the MA courses you'll take as a graduate student, and a course sequence by semester for this dual-degree.

How you'll learn

A History-Centered Curriculum
Like New York State’s social studies curriculum, our program is history-centered. Your graduate studies will begin with coursework designed to ensure that you have a strong mastery of history, as well as an understanding that history is more than a compilation of names and dates but is also a field that fosters critical thought, debate, and dialogue between the present and the past. 

Extensive Field Experience
You will complete 100 hours of school-based fieldwork prior to student teaching, enabling you to become familiar with urban educational environments and develop classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students. You will complete a portion of the fieldwork during your junior or senior year.

Hands-On Teaching Experiences in New York City Public Schools
The pivotal field experience of the program consists of two semesters of student teaching, one at the middle and one at the high school level. As a student teacher, you will be mentored by the cooperating teacher and NYU field supervisors, and gain increasing responsibility for teaching in a New York City public school.

Am I eligible to apply to this program? 

CAS students majoring in history are eligible for this dual-degree program. Students complete 5 credits of the 35 credits for the MA while they are still undergraduates. These 5 credits are specified below.

Students must earn a B or better in all Steinhardt courses in order for these to be applied to the MA. Dual-degree students must complete all requirements of their major as well as College-wide requirements prior to matriculating at Steinhardt.

In addition to your History major requirements, the MA in Social Studies Education requires that you take two additional social studies content courses before the end of your senior year:  one course in Economics and one course in Government. Suggested courses are:

1) ECON-UA 2 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON-UA 1 Introduction to Macroeconomics or any other Economics (ECON-UA) course in CAS. AP or IB test credit for Microeconomics/Macroeconomics can also satisfy this requirement. Only IB scores of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exam and AP scores of 4 or 5 are eligible for test credit.

2) POL-UA 300 Power and Politics in America or POL-UA 500 Comparative Politics or any other Politics (POL-UA) course in CAS. AP test credit for US Government and Politics or Comparative Government and Politics can also satisfy this requirement. Only AP scores of 4 or 5 are eligible for test credit.

Visit the CAS BA/MA website for a complete description of eligibility requirements, program structure, a FAQ, and information on financial aid. 

For more information about this program, please contact

Initial advising and pre-application information:
Scott Statland
Associate Director, Juniors and Inter-School Programs
NYU College of Arts and Sciences Advising
18 Washington Place, Room G106 (Academic Resource Center)
New York, NY 10003
212-998-8130

For questions about Steinhardt course registration or the master's program:
Roberto Martinez
Assistant Director of Graduate Advising and Student Services
Department of Teaching and Learning
East Building, 239 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
212-998-5458

For questions about teacher certification:
Mark Perez
Certification Officer
Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs
Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 2nd Floor
212-998-5033

Steinhardt Graduate Courses to be Completed During Junior or Senior Year

During their junior or senior year, CAS History Majors complete 5 credits in Teaching Social Studies in place of other electives. These 5 credits count toward the BA degree in History from CAS.

Course #:

Course Name:

Credits

Fall Semester: 2 credits 

TCHL-GE 2515

Adolescent Learners in Urban Contexts

2

TCHL-GE 2005

Fieldwork in Schools and Other Educational Settings

0

TCHL-GE 2999

Drug and Alcohol Education/Child Abuse Identification/School Violence Prevention/DASA: Social Responsibilities of Teachers

0

Spring Semester: 3 credits 

TCHL-GE 2010

Inquiries into Teaching and Learning

3

TCHL-GE 2005

Fieldwork in Schools and Other Educational Settings

0


MA Degree Courses

Students in this dual-degree program complete 30 credits for the MA degree in Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12, as follows:

Course #:

Course Name:

Credits

Curriculum Courses (6 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2047

Social Studies Curriculum: US History

3

SOCED-GE 2048

Social Studies Curriculum: World History

3

Pedagogical Content (9 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2146

MA Seminar in Social Studies

3

SOCED-GE 2042

Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools

3

SOCED-GE 2147

Literacy and the Social Studies

3

General Pedagogical Core (4 credits) 
SPCED-GE 2162 Educating Students with Disabilities in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Settings 3
EDCT-GE 2018 Integrating Media and Technology in the K-12 Curriculum 1
Student Teaching and Practicum (5 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2911

Supervised Student Teaching I: Social Studies in the Middle School

2

SOCED-GE 2922 Supervised Student Teaching II: Social Studies in the Secondary School 3
Elective (3 credits) 

 

In consultation with advisor, students will select one 2000-level course (3 credits) as an elective from offerings in the Steinhardt School or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

3

Culminating Experience (3 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2140

Culminating Experience: Social Studies and History Workshop

3


Course Sequence by Semester

Course #:

Course Name:

Credits

Fall Semester (12 credits)

SOCED-GE 2146

MA Seminar in Social Studies

3

SOCED-GE 2911

Supervised Student Teaching I: Social Studies in the Middle School

2

SOCED-GE 2047

Social Studies Curriculum: US History

3

EDCT-GE 2018

Integrating Media and Technology in the K-12 Curriculum

1

SOCED-GE 2042

Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools

3

Spring Semester (12 credits)

SOCED-GE 2048

Social Studies Curriculum: World History

3

SOCED-GE 2147

Literacy and the Social Studies

3

SOCED-GE 2922

Supervised Student Teaching II: Social Studies in the Secondary School

3

SPCED-GE 2162

Educating Students with Disabilities in Middle School and Adolescent Settings

3

Summer Semester (6 credits)
  Elective, by advisement 3

SOCED-GE 2140

Culminating Experience: Social Studies and History Workshop

3