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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Education Program

Program Code: MSED-NS

Major Code: SSS

HEGIS 2201.01

History and Social Studies Education Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Andrew D. Nicholls, Chair

Classroom Building C205, (716) 878-5412


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The master of science in social studies education (7-12) program helps candidates become educational leaders and innovative change agents as they acquire eligibility for permanent/professional teaching certification for grades 7-12.

The program is based on a model that gives equal weight to pedagogy and content matter. Fifteen credit hours of social studies education/pedagogy and 15 credit hours of history/social sciences are required for the M.S. in education degree. The social studies education/pedagogy portion of the program consists of courses in social studies curriculum, social studies methods, theory, and research methods to address the curricular concerns of the National Council for the Social Studies. The history/social science portion is divided into 9 credit hours of concentration and 6 credit hours of electives. Furthermore, the program links pedagogy and the content area by requiring two block courses (6 credit hours each) so students concurrently take a history and related pedagogy course in the same semester.

At the completion of 12 credit hours of coursework in the program, the student must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Prior to the completion of 12 credit hours, the student must file an application for candidacy, which is a written contract specifying the courses to be completed in the master’s program. Advisement: Each student is assigned an academic adviser. It is imperative that students regularly consult with their advisers. All students must have their programs of study approved by their advisers and the department chair.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. 36 credit hours in history and/or the social sciences.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Graduation Requirements: (a) Successful completion of a master’s thesis (SSE 795), or (b) a comprehensive examination, or (c) defense of a graduate portfolio.

Program Requirements

At least 15 credit hours must be from 600- or 700-level courses.

Required Courses1

15 cr

History and/or social science courses; 9 or more credit hours must be concentrated in a single discipline.

Professional Education Courses

15 cr

SSE 502*

Teaching Social Studies

SSE 513

Seminar in Secondary Social Studies Education

SSE 655*

Social Studies Laboratory

SSE 689

Research Methods and Techniques in Secondary Social Studies

SSE elective

Social Studies Education Elective

*Must be taken concurrently with one History content course

Master’s Thesis, Portfolio Defense, or Comprehensive Examination

0-6 cr

Select one option:

SSE 795

Master’s Thesis (3–6)

Defense of Graduate Portfolio (0)

Comprehensive Examination (0)

Total Required Credit Hours

30-36 cr

1Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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