Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 36 Credits


  • Hybrid Options Available
  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (EdM) in Social Studies Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is designed for teachers of social studies—including history, geography, economics, and more—who want to advance their knowledge as teachers and leaders. This master’s program, which is geared toward teachers who already hold teaching licensure or who plan on working outside the public school system, is rooted in social justice, challenging students to question preconceived notions and move toward an ethical practice. 

As a student in the EdM in Social Studies Education, you’ll grow as a professional educator in social studies, whether you’re a classroom teacher, a museum educator, or curriculum developer—or any other professional whose work focuses on instruction in social studies, which includes the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences. The master’s in Social Studies Education can be completed in a year (if taken full-time; part-time options are available). In addition, this flexible program offers the option to take some courses online.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

The full-time and part-time faculty for the EdM in Social Studies Education are current and former social studies teachers, department chairs, and school leaders—and we’re here to share our decades of expertise in teaching and on-the-ground practice. We are all committed to teaching for justice, consistent with BU Wheelock’s mission as a college.

Career Outcomes

The master’s degree in Social Studies Education at BU Wheelock opens up a variety of career options for our alumni. Graduates are reflective practitioners who are committed to working in urban and suburban schools and with diverse student populations.The rigorous education you’ll receive at BU Wheelock will give you the solid foundation you need to grow as an educator and leader.

  • Classroom teachers
  • Department chairs
  • Curriculum developers
  • Museum educators
  • Consultants
  • Nonprofit educational professionals

More Information about the EdM in Social Studies Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

If you’re seeking initial teaching licensure for social studies, BU Wheelock’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Studies Education may be for you. Learn more about the MAT.

Graduate Admissions

Learn more about the master’s graduate program in Social Studies Education. Connect with BU Wheelock for information about application requirements and deadlines or sign up for an information session.

Financing Your Education

There are many flexible options for financing your Boston University graduate degree program. Learn more about financial assistance at BU Wheelock, including scholarships and fellowships.

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