EdM in Social Studies Education

Programs in social studies education prepare educators in the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences, including classroom teachers and educators who work in museums, nonprofit organizations, and informal and non-formal educational settings.

The Master of Education (EdM) program in Social Studies Education provides advanced study for educators who currently hold initial teaching licensure and are seeking coursework that can be applied to a professional license, are interested in teacher leadership, or would like to work outside traditional school systems. Students in the EdM program prepare for careers as teachers, department chairs, supervisors, curriculum developers, museum educators, and consultants.

Students may earn a professional teaching license with a supervised practicum while holding initial licensure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field that connects knowledge of content, teaching practices, student learning, and curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret research in social studies education and apply it to the design of teaching materials, including addressing issues of access, equity, and diversity when teaching all students social studies.


Total Credits: 36

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.