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Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future.
Doctor of Philosophy
In Our Classroom
Visit with Professor Gaudelli and his "Teaching of Social Studies" class
During Summer B, 2016, we visited Social Studies Education course 4036, taught by Associate Professor and Program Director Bill Gaudelli. We then sat down with Dr. Gaudelli to discuss the class, his methodology, and the Social Studies Education program.
Student Story: M.A. Social Studies Student, Jennifer Flores is a Mother, Advocate and Game Changer
November 07, 2016
Student Story: M.A. Social Studies Student, Kevin Cryan, and His Spark for Teaching
November 04, 2016
Social Inquiry Course Closes First Year Urging M.A. Students to Stick to Their Questions
August 02, 2016
Doctoral Student Publications
Valentina Errázuriz and Patrick Keegan both have newly published articles to add to their CVs. Titled "The amazing story of how ‘Women’ conquer it all? The production of gender scripts in the Chilean curricular documents of history and social studies," Valentina's appears in the Journal of International Social Studies, Vol 6, No 2 (2016). Patrick's article is titled "Belonging, Place, and Identity: The Role of Social Trust in Developing the Civic Capacities of Transnational Dominican Youth" and appears in the High School Journal, Vol 100, No 3, (2017).
Dr. Gaudelli Quoted in New York Times Opinion Article
Student Advocates Post-Election Classroom Conversations
Social Studies Ed M.A. student Italia Krahling writes in an editorial in The Hechinger Report, "An education that gives students space to voice dissent and their ideas about the political process empowers them to identify and act against systemic injustice."
Program Director: Sandra Schmidt
Phone: (212) 678-4083 Fax: (212) 678-4118