Social Studies Education

The Master of Education (EdM) in Social Studies Education provides advanced study for educators with initial licensure seeking professional licensure and those interested in working outside of the US public school system.  Students in the EdM program prepare for careers as teachers, supervisors, department chairs, curriculum developers and consultants.

The Master’s program emphasizes both recent research and successful practices in Social Studies education. You will study history, social science, classroom teaching methodology, and service to schools and children. The program focuses on research findings that help improve instructional methodology, materials, and curricula. 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.

You may earn a professional license for classroom teaching with the appropriate preliminary experience while holding initial licensure.  In addition to coursework, the professional license track 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 EdM 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.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Christopher Martell,, 617-353-3924
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237

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.