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Ph.D: Teaching of Social Studies (SSTE)
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.
Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):
- A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum
- A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies
- A&HW 5530 History of American social thought
- A&HW 6500 History of social studies
- A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision
Content courses in the major field (21 points minimum):
Soon after beginning the program, students must select an area of specialization. Students should select courses with an advisor, taking care to include courses relevant to the area of dissertation research. These courses may be taken at either Teachers College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.
Research Courses (18 points minimum):
- A&HW 5503 Research paper in social studies (done in conjunction with the fourth round of doctoral seminar)
- A&HW 6503 Doctoral seminar in social studies (taken four times consecutively during the first two years of the program)
- A&HW 7503 Dissertation seminar in social studies (taken at the time of presentation of the doctoral proposal)
- A&HW 8903 Dissertation advisement in the teaching of social studies
- A&HW 5931 Guided investigations in the teaching of social studies
- A&HW 6030 Research in social studies education
- A&HW 6203 Advanced fieldwork in social studies
- A&HW 6903 Research and independent study in social studies
- A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies
Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship (15 points minimum):
Same as “Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship” in Ed.D. degree program. See above.
In addition to the dissertation, students must satisfy the foreign language requirements equivalent to those of the department of the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with which their work is most closely identified. For Ph.D. students in Social Studies, the usual cognate department in the Graduate School is History or Political Science, though courses should be selected that support the student’s scholarly interest and in close consultation with an academic advisor. Students should read the Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy obtainable from the Office of Doctoral Studies at Teachers College.