Social Studies Education

Our 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.

Our 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.

You 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.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Social Studies Education.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall or spring semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the professional level to teach History grades 5–8 or 8–12.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a Masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Charles White,, 617-353-8482
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237
  • Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.