CAGS in Social Studies Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program is designed for self-directed, continuous learners who have earned master’s degrees and desire to increase their knowledge of history, social science, and education.

The CAGS program reaches beyond the traditional mission of developing classroom history and social studies teachers to serve the many diverse professional goals of our students. Students in the CAGS program prepare for leadership and curriculum development positions in history and social science education.

Students may earn a professional license for classroom teaching with the appropriate preliminary experience while holding initial licensure. The professional license also requires a supervised practicum at the professional licensure level.


Core Coursework (16 cr)

  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • Three courses in Curriculum and Teaching (Any SED courses with the prefix CT, SO, SC, ME, EN, CH, EC, SE, HE, PE, EM, CL, LS, LR, LW, BI, TL, or DE) (12 cr)

Elective Coursework (16 cr)

Students select four elective courses for a total of 16 credits. Elective coursework is chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. With advisor approval, electives may include courses at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Additional Requirements

  • Fieldwork—A 60-hour supervised field experience is required only for students pursuing professional licensure. This field experience is not student-teaching, and includes a curriculum, departmental, or administrative project.
  • Comprehensive Examination—CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the program director and faculty advisor.