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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.

Master of Arts in Social Studies with Initial Teacher Certification (38 Points)

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 (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.

Master of Arts (INSTEP - 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.

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Trans B M.A. in Social Studies with NYS initial certification (32 points)

The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program recruits Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are ready to make long-term, professional commitments to teach in NYC public schools. Since 1985, the program has recruited and trained more than 800 urban educators. As an AmeriCorps Professional Corps and Fellows/USA flagship alternative teacher-training program, we provide Americorps tuition awards and partial scholarships to select trainees. Upon completion of our summer intensive training, new Fellows teach full-time in salaried positions at the NYC public schools. Invited fellows make a minimum three-year commitment to teaching and all related Masters degree coursework must be completed within this time.

Ed.M (60 Points)

The degree is intended for experienced educators; it is aimed at developing leaders in social studies education for settings such as community colleges, high schools, curriculum agencies, publishing companies, foundations and museums. Emphasis is on specialized work in curriculum development and the subject matters, methods, and materials of instruction. This degree program is also suitable for students contemplating future doctoral study. The program is flexible in nature and can be tailored to the student’s specific career goals.

Ed.D (90 points)

The Ed.D. program in Social Studies leads to a professional degree designed to meet the needs of individuals preparing for careers of leadership and applied research in schools, universities, and community educational programs.

Ph.D (75 points)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies requires 75 points of graduate study and a  dissertation. The Ph.D. degree program in Social Studies leads to a strongly research-oriented degree designed for individuals preparing for a career in teaching, conducting research, and working in teacher education in a university setting or a private or public policy organization.

 

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