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Welcome to Social Studies Education

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. 

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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.

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Doctoral Student Publications

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 StudiesVol 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).


Student Advocates Post-Election Classroom Conversations

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."


Contact Us

Program Director: Sandra Schmidt

Phone: (212) 678-4083    Fax: (212) 678-4118   

Email: gaudelli@tc.edu

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