Social Studies Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

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Degrees Overview

The Social Studies Education program at Teachers College offers four general degrees: M.A., Ed. M., Ed. D., and the Ph. D. Out of these four degrees, there are seven possible options for further customization to better serve your needs.

The Master of Arts offers the following three tracks:

Master of Arts (32 points)

THIS PROGRAM LEADS ONLY TO NEW YORK STATE INT/PRF CERTIFICATION FOR THOSE TEACHERS ALREADY HOLDING NEW YORK STATE INITIAL CERTIFICATION.

PROGRAM FACULTY CANNOT ADVISE STUDENTS ABOUT CERTIFICATION IN OTHER STATES OR ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK STATE PATHWAYS TO CERTIFICATION.

This program is designed for experienced teachers and those engaged in private school teaching. It requires a minimum of 32 points and a master’s thesis. This degree program focuses on social studies teaching in middle and high schools and fulfills the requirements for New York State Professional Certification. [See Website at http://www.tc.edu/a&h/arted]

Master of Arts in Social Studies with Initial Teacher Certification

THIS PROGRAM LEADS ONLY TO NEW YORK STATE INITIAL CERTIFICATION.

PROGRAM FACULTY CANNOT ADVISE STUDENTS ABOUT CERTIFICATION IN OTHER STATES OR ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK STATE PATHWAYS TO CERTIFICATION.

This program requires a minimum of 38 points and an integrative project. It is designed for those with little or no experience teaching secondary social studies. Successful completion of this program of study leads to the M.A. degree and recommendation for New York State Initial Certification (grades 7-12). Student teaching is undertaken in cooperating middle and high schools, in the New York Metropolitan area. A committee of social studies faculty and cooperating professionals from the schools to which students are assigned supervise and evaluate the student teacher’s work.

In order to complete all degree requirements successfully, this program typically demands two terms of the academic year and two summer sessions, which can be taken in the same summer.

Master of Arts (Intensive Summer Master's Program)

THIS PROGRAM LEADS ONLY TO NEW YORK STATE INT/PRF CERTIFICATION FOR THOSE TEACHERS ALREADY HOLDING NEW YORK STATE INITIAL CERTIFICATION.

PROGRAM FACULTY CANNOT ADVISE STUDENTS ABOUT CERTIFICATION IN OTHER STATES OR ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK STATE PATHWAYS TO CERTIFICATION!

A three-year, summer Master of Arts degree is also offered. This program can be used for New York State Professional Certification for those individuals who hold Initial Certification and have necessary credentials. It is designed for teachers from both public and private schools. Jay Shuttleworth serves as the InStep Coordinator for social studies and she can be reached at jms150@columbia.edu.

 


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