Social studies education: Online master’s degree
Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in social studies education (M Ed)
Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Social studies course work (15 credit hours)
|LTC 8790 Patterns for Instruction in Social Studies||Odd|
|LTC 8800 Secondary Social Studies Curriculum||Even|
|LTC 8805 Inquiry into K-12 History and Social Science||Odd|
|LTC 8806 Issues in the Social Studies Classroom||Even|
|LTC 8900 Topics: Technology and Social Studies||X|
LTC Core Course Work (6 credit hours)
|LTC 8913 Curriculum Development||X||X||X|
|LTC 8914 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy||X||X||X|
Electives (6 credit hours)
|ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership|
|ESC_PS 8555 African American Education - Historic and Current Issues||X|
|ESC_PS 8560 Immigrant Issues in Education||X|
|ESC_PS 8565 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in the Schools||X|
|ESC_PS 7115 Human Learning||X||X||X|
|ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human Learning||X||X||X|
|H_D_FS 8087 Contemporary Youth Issues |
Understanding Normative Behavior in Immigrant & Minority Youth
|H_D_FS 8237 Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth||X||X|
|IS_LT 9467 Technology to Enhance Learning||B||A||X|
|IS_LT 9484 Teaching Online Courses||A||X|
Capstone (3 credit hours)
|LTC 8807 Exploration of Research in Social Studies||X|
X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester
Note This program does not provide social studies certification, nor does it provide the initial certification required to become a teacher.
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- You must be actively engaged in a K-12 classroom setting and certified in social studies education or another approved field. Exceptions are possible for international students.
- Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. See note regarding letters of recommendation below.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
- GRE scores are not required.
Mark your calendar
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend that you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work. The deadlines below are priority application dates.
Priority application dates
|To start classes in||Apply by||Classes begin|
International students should apply by March 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring and Feb. 1 for summer.
Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Résumé or CV.
- Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. One letter should be from a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be from an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential. If your GPA is below 3.0 or you are an international student (have an international transcript), three letters are required. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
- Personal data sheet and brief statement of purpose regarding your reasons for undertaking graduate study, including career objectives, motivation for advanced level studies and other pertinent information.
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
- Please feel free to submit any other materials that you feel would give a clearer picture of your qualifications.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Learning, Teaching & Curriculum/Social Studies Education-Distance (MEd)
Ask us about this program
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.