Social Studies Education (M.S.)

The Social Studies Education master's degree, focuses solely on in-service teachers who are interested in learning both content and pedagogy related specifically to the fields they are teaching. These courses will bring new perspectives to multiple content areas, such as Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science, and a set of core courses focused on social studies education pedagogy. You will learn and practice techniques to work with state and national standards while developing new instructional and assessment strategies for your classroom.

Program Highlights

  • Designed to accommodate teachers currently employed full-time in their field and provides content course options that will give them the ability to teach college-level courses in high schools.
  • Minnesota teachers may use the coursework through the "Pathway to 18" initiative to complete 18 disciplinary credits to meet Higher Learning Commission requirements to teach Senior-to-Sophomore and/or Concurrent Enrollment courses at the secondary level.
  • Choose from the following content areas or pick your own elective path: 
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Technology Integration (does not meet content requirements for Higher Learning Commission certification to teach at the college-level or concurrent enrollment courses in high schools)

Program Distinctions

  • A core program of study that has a Social Studies Education focus.
  • Faculty members with expertise across Social Studies Education content areas and with in-depth field experience in education and education administration.
  • Opportunities for travel and study internationally and in the United States, including at Alnwick Castle in the United Kingdom.
  • A master’s degree with an option for a concurrent enrollment/Pathway to 18 certificate built into the program.
  • Accelerated 4 semester completion option


Popular Careers

  • Social studies teacher
  • History/geography teacher
  • Economics teacher
  • Sociology teacher
  • High school/middle school teacher
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Adjunct college/university instructor

Application Deadlines

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