EdM in 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 U.S. 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. Candidates 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. The 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 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.


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 (20 cr)

Students select five elective courses for a total of 20 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

  • Thesis—The completion of a master’s thesis is optional. If this option is selected, students must register for SED CT 799.
  • Fieldwork—A supervised field experience is required only for students pursuing professional licensure.