Social Studies Education

MA in Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12, Professional Certification

Link history to practical teaching strategies

Expand on your knowledge of US and world histories and develop a social studies curriculum to meet the needs of your secondary and high school students. You will learn new teaching skills, theories, and strategies, tailoring your program of study to meet your professional interests. This MA program is for educators who have already met the requirements for New York State initial certification in Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7-12.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State professional teaching certification. An initial certification program is also available.

What you'll learn

Our faculty members are heading social studies curriculum reform and teacher development efforts. You will work closely with them to learn:

  • How to link US and world history to social studies teaching and curricula
  • Approaches for teaching social studies to secondary and high school students
  • Strategies for adapting social studies instruction to meet the special needs of students

See the curriculum and requirements for this master's degree. 

How you'll learn

History and Pedagogy
Study US and world history in the context of social studies curricula. You'll take content courses that are linked to social studies pedagogy, acquiring knowledge you can apply in the classroom. 

Content Specialization
You'll have the opportunity to tailor your program of study based on your interests and previous coursework, taking classes both within the program and in other departments at NYU Steinhardt and NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Practical Teaching Strategies
Courses that offer theories and teaching strategies include Language and Literacy for Upper Grades, Teaching Students with Special Needs, and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Social studies teacher, teacher trainer, or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Diana Turk
Program Director