Social Science Education

Students choose to pursue our graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Social Science Education for several reasons. The dynamic and constantly changing field of Social Sciences brings great challenges to educators in schools, communities, and universities. Our highly accomplished faculty have strong backgrounds in their respective subject areas and value close-working relationships. They want nothing more than to see their students succeed.

In this program, you’ll enjoy being part of an intimate group of students who take the same social science classes. Small class sizes allow you to form partnerships and study groups easily. We offer a small school atmosphere rarely found at a major research university.

We offer an online master’s degree for current teachers as well as on-campus doctoral degrees. The online program, in particular, allows working teachers to progress through our social science classes at their own pace.

Please note: these are advanced programs designed for current teachers. If you are seeking teacher certification for Social Science Education (grades 6-12), please see our Social Science Education combined BS/MS pathway.

Faculty who advise graduate students in the Social Science Education program include:

John Myers – Dr. Myers’ research examines the consequences of globalization on how youth learn to think and know about the complexities of the modern world. This work focuses on teaching and learning practices that foster global competence, citizenship, and identities as students come to understand core world history and social science concepts. He studies innovative international education programs and inquiry-oriented curriculum and instruction. A secondary line of research is the development of adolescents’ political thinking and beliefs.