Teaching of Social Studies | Teachers College Columbia University

Skip to content Skip to main navigation
Teachers College, Columbia University
Printer-friendly Version
Teachers College, Columbia Univeristy Logo


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. 

Read our Program Philosophy

Degree Programs

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.

Our Community


See All Stories



Dr. Christine Baron to Give Talk as Part of History Education in Practice Series

Dr. Baron's talk, "Using Images to Support ContextualizationFilling in the Missing Piece of Historical Thinking," will be October 26, 5 - 6:30pm in 306 Russell Hall. The talk will feature Dr. Baron's current research, which addresses the persistent problem in history education of finding ways to help students contextualize historical information.

Presented in collaboration with the Center on History and Education, the Program in Social Studies and Education, and the Department of Arts and Humanities.


‘Groundbreaking’ Work by Dr. Sandra Schmidt Wins Early Career Award

Sandra Schmidt, Assistant Professor in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, has received the Early Career Award of the National Council for the Social Studies-College and University Faculty Assembly this past November. Read more about Professor Schmidt and her work on the A&H blog.


Contact Us

Program Director: Professor William Gaudelli

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

Email: gaudelli@tc.edu

  • Apply
  • Request Info
  • PHP Notice: Undefined index: HTTP_REFERER in D:\pub\home\arts-and-humanities\social-studies-education\index.php on line 630 PHP Notice: Undefined index: HTTP_REFERER in D:\pub\home\arts-and-humanities\social-studies-education\index.php on line 630