The MA/PhD track in social studies education span disciplines, and offers opportunities to specialize in many aspects of social studies education. The ideal candidates for the program have at least three years of teaching experience, a diverse experience, and interest in furthering education and research in social studies education.
Graduates of the program have assumed positions as instructional leaders in the public schools, faculty colleges/universities, curriculum development specialists, and social studies assessment specialists. Graduates leave the program prepared to teach methods courses to social studies teachers.
Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January
See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.
As a full-time graduate student, you will have opportunities to:
To view the core curriculum and electives visit the Education, Curriculum, and Instruction PhD page in the course catalog, under sub-plans.
You can choose either a thesis Plan A (or final paper Plan B to complete your degree. View the core requirements for the MA in Social Studies Education in the course catalog. Look under sub-plans for Social Studies Education.
Your PhD coursework will center on your research interests. The program consists of 54 course credits and 24 doctoral thesis credits for a total of 78 credits. To see the curriculum requirements in detail visit the course catalog. Look under subplans for Social Studies Education.
Students can engage in research that advances the field of social studies education and ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities students. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Areas of research include:
In addition, faculty members engage in research centered on the history of curricula, multicultural and gender studies, and social justice. View more faculty research areas.
Graduates of the program have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and social studies assessment specialists.
My experience with the faculty has been fantastic! Graduate classes are small, typically 10-12 students, which allows you to get to know faculty in a more intimate setting. Everyone I have encountered in department has been so supportive of my development as an academic.
George Dalbo, PhD 2021