Pre-2012 Education Minors

Social Studies Education Minor

Effective Fall 2012, students may no longer declare the General Education Minor or any of the Secondary Education Minors.  These minors have been replaced by the Minor in Teacher Education and the Minor in Global and Urban Education Studies.

If you have already declared the General Education Minor or one of the Secondary Education Minors, do not despair -- this archived website provides information on those minors, including course requirements.

The Social Studies Education Minor enables you to complete coursework as an undergraduate in CAS that will reduce the number of credits required of an NYU Steinhardt MA degree in Teachers of Social Studies, Grades 7-12, that will fulfill the requirements for initial teacher certification. The master's degree will require 30 credits, including student teaching internships beyond the bachelor's degree.

Ideally, you would want to declare the minor and begin taking these courses during your first semester of junior year. Please be advised that most of these courses require a fieldwork component consisting of classroom observation and participation. For course descriptions, please see the current NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Bulletin at

Courses to be taken by CAS History Majors as a Minor in Social Studies Education (5 Courses, 19 Points)

An overall GPA during the first two years of study of at least 2.5 and an overall GPA in English content courses during the first two years of at least 3.0.
Prerequisites (to be taken as part of CAS degree)
ECON-UA 0001 Principles of Economics I or other Economics course (4 points)
POL-UA 0500 Comparative Politics or other Government course (4 points)
   Additional course in either economics or politics
Junior Year (3 courses, 12 points)
TCHL-UE 0001 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I (15 hours of field observation) (4 points)
SOCED-UE 1073 Post-1865 U.S. History, Geography, and the Social Studies (4 points)
(note: this course is offered in alternate years)

APSY-UE 0020

Human Development I (2 points) (15 hours of field observation)
and APSY-UE 0023 Human Development II (2 points)

Senior Year - (2 courses, 7 points)
SOCED-UE 1039 Classroom Practicum: Methods in Teaching Social Studies (15 hours of field observation) (3 points)
TCHL-UE 1030 Language Acquisition and Literacy Education (15 hours of field observation) (4 points)


Next Steps: Master's Degree in Teacher Education

If the Social Studies Education Minor convinced you to pursue a career in teaching, take the next step and complete your MA degree in teacher education at NYU Steinhardt.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for one of Steinhardt's MA programs in teacher education, you must have completed your Social Studies Education Minor courses with a grade of B or better, and present a strong academic record in your other courses.

Graduate Admissions Information

Graduate admissions and application information is available online via or in person in Pless Hall, 3rd Floor. If you have detailed questions about the application process, please feel free to call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (212) 998-5030.

Applications should be submitted for the fall semester by the deadline of February 1. Be sure to indicate the option code of “FYR” on your graduate admissions application if you will have completed an Ed Minor by the time you enroll in the master's.

Funding your MA Degree

Depending on the subject you would like to teach and the program in which you wish to enroll there may be special funding opportunities for you. Check them out now!

MA Degree - Teachers of Social Studies, Grades 7-12 (30 credits)

For CAS History Majors Who Have Successfully Completed the Social Studies Education Minor

Content Core (6 credits)
SOCED-GE 2146 MA Seminar in Social Studies (3)
SOCED-GE 2048 World History Curriculum (3)
General Pedagogical Core (3 credits)
SPCED-GE 2162 Educating Students with Disabilities in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Settings (3), 15 hours of field obsevation
Specialized Pedagogical Core (3 credits)
SOCED-GE 2147 Literacy and the Social Studies (2)
EDCT-GE 2018 Integrating Technology in K-12 Curriculum (1)
Student Teaching (6 credits)
SOCED-GE 2911 Supervised Student Teaching I: Social Studies in the Middle School (3)
SOCED-GE 2922 Supervised Student Teaching II: Social Studies in the Secondary School (3)
Elective (3 credits)
To be chosen from offerings in Teaching and Learning, History, Humanities and Social Sciences, or other department, as approved by Social Studies advisers
Social Responsibilities of Teachers (0 credits)
TCHL-GE 2999 Drug and Alcohol Education, Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention (0)
Terminal Experience (3 credits)
SOCED-GE 2140 Culminating Experience: Social Studies and History Workshop (3)

: Professor Diana Turk, (212) 998-5492,


Teacher Certification

Upon successful completion of the master's degree, NYU Steinhardt will recommend you for New York State Initial Teacher Certification. For the New York State Education Department to issue your certificate you must also:

  • Achieve satisfactory scores on the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
  • Complete NYS fingerprinting process and receive clearance