Social Studies Education

Boston University’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Social Studies Education is designed for self-directed, continuous learners preparing for careers as teachers, department chairs, supervisors, curriculum developers, museum educators, and consultants in the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences. This program requires a master’s degree or international equivalent as a prerequisite to the program of study.

We help social studies educators develop as intellectuals and reflective practitioners who are committed to working in urban and suburban schools and with diverse student populations. Through coursework in curriculum and instruction, educational research, and history and social science content, we prepare educators to advance students’ historical thinking, citizenship skills, and content knowledge. Our program emphasizes inquiry-based teaching, multicultural social studies curriculum, and social justice.

Our program:

  • Advances content knowledge in history and the social sciences and understanding of educational research, theory, and practice.
  • Strengthens understanding of how adolescents learn, as well as strategies for supporting learning across abilities and contexts.
  • Expands teaching methods and classroom management techniques in the social studies classroom, and supports the design of inquiry-based and multicultural social studies curricula.
  • Prepares students not only to be teacher leaders, department chairs, and curriculum developers but, more importantly, educational leaders who practice social responsibility and work for more caring and just societies.
  • Provides the opportunity for students to earn a professional teaching license with a supervised practicum while holding initial licensure.

Faculty Contact Information: Dr. Christopher Martell,, 617-353-3924
Graduate Admissions:, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin

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.