Master of Education in Social Studies Education

Boston University’s Master of Education (EdM) program in Social Studies Education is intended for teachers who currently hold initial teaching licensure and are seeking professional licensure, or plan on working outside public school systems. Our program helps students prepare for careers as teachers, department chairs, curriculum developers, museum educators, and consultants. We help develop educators of social studies, which includes the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences, 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. We emphasize inquiry-based teaching, multicultural social studies curriculum, and social justice. Our students include educators interested in teaching, teacher leadership, or working in informal educational settings.

Our program:

  • Advances student content knowledge in history and the social science, as well as student understanding of educational research, theory, and practice.
  • Strengthens student 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.
  • Designs inquiry-based and multicultural social studies curricula.
  • Prepares students to be teacher leaders, department chairs, and curriculum developers.
  • Trains students to become educational leaders who practice social responsibility and work for more caring and just societies.

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.

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