Department of Teaching and Learning

Accelerated BA/MA Teacher Education Programs

Dual BA History/MA Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12

This accelerated dual degree program enables you to complete both your BA in History and your MA in Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12 in five years. When you complete the dual degree program, you will be eligible for New York State certification as a teacher of social studies for grades 7-12.

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

Overview

The MA program in social studies education is dedicated to revitalizing the teaching of history and social sciences in middle and secondary schools. Coursework is designed to ensure that NYU-trained social studies teachers have a strong mastery of history – 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.

The program encourages students to explore the curricular innovations needed to teach social studies in multicultural, multiethnic, urban schools. The program also promotes an interdisciplinary approach to social studies, which means that our students strive to transcend textbook-centered schooling, learning instead how social studies teaching can be enhanced by integrating historical narrative with novels, film, music, photography, and visual arts, as well as the tools of social scientists.

Although the program in social studies education is history-centered (three of the four high school years of New York State-mandated social studies are devoted to world and United States history), we encourage our students to become well versed in the social sciences: the best history/social studies teachers are those who are intellectually equipped to incorporate the insights of the social sciences – geography, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology – into their history teaching, and to teach the social science elective courses that are offered in many secondary schools.

Extensive school-based fieldwork (100 hours) is required prior to student teaching, both to familiarize students with urban educational environments and to enable them to develop classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students. You will complete some of these 100 hours of fieldwork during your junior or senior year.

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. Through this experience, MA students – mentored by their cooperating teachers and NYU field supervisors – are given increasing responsibilities for teaching in the New York City public schools.

 

Eligibility and Requirements for the BA History/MA Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12 Program

CAS students majoring in history are eligible for this dual degree program. Students complete 6 credits of the 36 credits for the MA while they are still undergraduates. These 6 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:

ECON-UA 0001 Principles of Economic I or other Economics course (4 points)

POL-UA 0500 Comparative Politics or other Government course (4 points)

Visit the CAS BA/MA website for a complete description of eligibility requirements.

 

Steinhardt Graduate Courses to be Completed During Junior or Senior Year

During their junior or senior year, CAS History Majors complete 6 credits in Teaching Social Studies in place of other electives. These 6 credits count toward the BA degree in History from CAS.

Course #:

Course Name:

Credits

Fall Semester: 3 credits 

SOCED-GE 2047

Social Studies Curriculum: US History

3

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 

SOCED-GE 2042

Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools

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 (3 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2048

Social Studies Curriculum: World History

3

Pedagogical Content (6 credits) 

SOCED-GE 2146

MA Seminar in Social Studies

3

SOCED-GE 2147

Literacy and the Social Studies

3

General Pedagogical Core (10 credits) 

TCHL-GE 2010

Inquiries into Teaching & Learning

4

SPCED-GE 2162 Educating Students with Disabilities in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Settings 3
TCHL-GE 2515 Adolescent Learners in Urban Contexts 2
TCHL-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 2
SOCED-GE 2053 Teaching Practicum: Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary Schools 1
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


Semester Schedule

Course #:

Course Name:

Credits

Fall Semester (15 credits)

SOCED-GE 2146

MA Seminar in Social Studies

3

SOCED-GE 2911

Supervised Student Teaching I: Social Studies in the Middle School

2

TCHL-GE 2515

Adolescent in Urban Contexts

2

TCHL-GE 2010

Inquiries into Teaching & Learning

4

EDCT-GE 2018

Integrating Media & Technology in the K-12 Curriculum

1

  Elective, by advisement 3
Spring Semester (15 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

2

SOCED-GE 2053

Teaching Practicum: Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary Schools

1

SPCED-GE 2162

Educating Students with Disabilities in Middle School and Adolescent Settings

3

SOCED-GE 2140 Culminating Experience: Social Studies and History Workshop 3


Advising

For initial advising and pre-application information, please contact:

Scott Statland
Associate Director, Juniors and Inter-School Programs
NYU College of Arts and Science 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, please contact:

Khanh Le
Graduate Advisor
Department of Teaching and Learning
East Building, 239 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
212-998-5460

For questions about teacher certification, please contact:

Mark Perez
Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs
Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 2nd floor
212-998-5030