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Social Studies Education

Department of - Arts and Humanities

Contact Information

(212) 678-4083
(212) 678-4118
Sandra Schmidt

Program Description

The Social Studies Program is rooted in a diverse set of humanities and social sciences, from history and political science to geography and sociology, with a particular focus on making this subject matter resonant in the lives of young people. The program examines the many contexts in which social studies education is enacted and relies upon deep theorizing and engaged practice in the realms of curriculum and pedagogy. We recognize the importance of the urban context in which we are situated and work to serve this vibrant city, particularly historically marginalized students within it, as we recognize the globally interdependent nature of education.

Social studies educators must have a deep understanding of various fields and be thoughtfully engaged in teaching, cognizant of the diverse and fluid needs of students, and alive to the interplay of various contexts that shape and inform social studies education. The program prepares students for professional lives in schools, universities, and allied institutions. The faculty’s experience as teachers and engagement as scholars in fields like history, civics, economics, geography, and social studies are well suited to that purpose. These strengths, along with the resources of Teachers College and Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, are available to every student.

Degree Summary

Teaching of Social Studies (SSTE)

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Teaching of Social Studies - INITIAL CERTIFICATION (SSTE-INIT)

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Teaching of Social Studies - PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (SSTE-PROF)

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

General Information

The Master of Arts offers the following three tracks:

Master of Arts

This program leads only to New York State professional 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.

The program is designed for experienced teachers and those engaged in private school teaching. It requires a minimum of 32 points and a master’s integrative project. This degree program focuses on social studies teaching in middle and high schools and fulfills the requirements for New York State Professional Certification. [See Website at http://www.tc.edu/a&h/arted]

Master of Arts in Social Studies with Initial Teacher Certification

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 (Intensive Summer Master's Program)

This program leads only to New York State professional 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. For information on the InStep program, prospective students should email socialstudies@tc.columbia.edu. 

 

For all programs leading to teacher certification, New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.  


Master of Arts (M.A., 32 points)

Master of Arts (M.A., 32 points)

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 integrative project. This degree program focuses on social studies teaching in middle and high schools and fulfills the requirements for New York State Professional Certification. Points should be distributed as follows:

Social Studies Core Courses (11 points):

  • A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies
  • A&HW 5232 Fieldwork: Social studies teacher education
  • A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

 Students should choose ONE of the following courses:

  • A&HW 5030  Diversity and the social studies curriculum
  • A&HW 5035  History of the social studies since 1880
  • A&HW 5037  Advanced methods of teaching social studies
  • A&HW 5530  History of American social thought

 Social Studies Content Courses (12-15 points):

In consultation with an advisor, students should select courses to round out their knowledge of the subject matters taught in secondary schools. Courses taken at Teachers College include attention to both content and pedagogy. Courses can also be taken at Columbia University.

Professional Development Courses (6-9 points):

Three Teachers College courses (2-3 points each) outside the Social Studies Program, chosen with advisor approval.

Further Requirements:

Students must also complete a master’s integrative project, selected with advisor approval. 

 


InStep Master of Arts in Social Studies for In-Service Teachers (32 points)

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. Contact Professor William Gaudelli for information on the InStep program.

Please note that all students must take a minimum of 12 points in content/pedagogy and three out-of-program courses in professional development for a minimum of 2 credits each.

 Typical curriculum for INSTEP includes: Summer #1:

  • Advanced methods of social studies curriculum (A&HW 5037)
  • Social Studies Content w/Pedagogy Course
  • Seminar (A&HW 5931)
  • Out-of-Program Course

  Summer #2:

  • Curriculum development, research, and supervision (A&HW 6530) or Teacher education in the social studies (A&HW 5031)
  • Out-of-Program Course
  • Social Studies Content w/Pedagogy Course
  • Seminar (A&HW 5931)

 January Weekend Between Summers #2 and #3:

  • Action Research Mid-Year Seminar (A&HW 5232)

 Summer #3:

  • Out-of-Program Course
  • Seminar (A&HW 5931)
  • Social Studies Content w/Pedagogy Course

Graduation Requirement:

Master’s Project in Action Research


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

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.

 The 38 points should be distributed as follows:

Social Studies Core Courses (9 points):

Required courses:

  • A&HW 4036 The teaching of social studies
  • A&HW 5037 Advanced methods of social studies curriculum

 Students should also take one of the following:

  • A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum
  • A&HW 5035 History of the social studies since 1880
  • A&HW 5530 History of American social thought

 Social Studies Content Courses (10-12 points):

In consultation with an advisor, students should select courses to round out their knowledge of the subject matters taught in secondary schools. Content courses taken at Teachers College include attention to both content and pedagogy. Courses can also be taken at Columbia University. 

 Professional Development Courses (6-9 points):

To satisfy the college’s breadth requirement students must take three Teachers College courses (for this purpose a course is defined as one in which 2 or 3 points are earned) outside the major program. Selected with advisor approval.

 Student Teaching (10 points):

  • A&HW 4530 Seminar for student teachers in social studies*
  • A&HW 4729 Observation in the social studies
  • A&HW 4730 Supervised student teaching in social studies**

*Students enroll for 2 points in both the fall and spring.

** Students enroll for 3 points in both the fall and spring.

 Further Requirements:

Students must complete an integrative master’s project. They must also satisfy the New York State certification requirement for study of a language other than English. (For additional requirements, please refer to the Teacher Education area of the Academic Resources section of this bulletin.)


Master of Education (Ed.M., 60 points)

Master of Education (Ed.M., 60 points)

This program requires a minimum of 60 points including an independent integrative research project.  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.

Social Studies Foundations, Methods and Professional Content (27 points minimum):

The courses in this area are intended to familiarize students with the historical development and current state of social studies education and to provide experience in research on educational practices. Students should consult with an advisor to determine what additional research courses outside the program will be needed in their individual programs of study; these out-of-program courses may be used to satisfy requirements in this area.

Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):

 

Required courses:

A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies

A&HW 5530 History of American social thought

A&HH 4070 History of education in the United States

A&HW 6500 Seminar in the history of social studies

 

Electives:

A&HW 5037 Advanced methods of social studies curriculum

A&HW 5203 Fieldwork in social studies

A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies

A&HW 5232 Fieldwork: Social studies teacher education

 

Curriculum Study (12 points):

Required courses:

A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum (or a comparable course in diversity)

One course in media and technology

 

Social Studies Content Electives (12 points minimum):

A wide variety of courses combining content and pedagogy is offered in the program. Content courses are also available at Columbia University but should be approved by a program advisor before registration.

 

Broad and Basic Areas of Professional Scholarship (15 points):

All students at Teachers College must take at least three out-of-program courses. (For this requirement, a course is defined as one in which at least 2 points is earned).  These courses should support students’ interests and professional growth but should include at least one course on the nature of education, one on the nature of persons and learning, and one on methods of evaluation.  Selected with advisor’s approval.

 

Independent Study for the Master’s Integrative Project (6 points):

A&HW 5931 Guided investigations in the teaching of social studies

A&HW 6030 Research in social studies education

Master’s Project: The master’s integrative project will develop out of each student’s particular program of study. A student will work with an advisor to conceptualize, prepare, and write the integrative project. Students will enroll in the two courses above (A&HW 5931, A&HW 6030) in sequence across two semesters in order to plan and write the Ed.M. thesis in close consultation with the advisor


Doctor of Education (Ed.D., 90 points)

The Doctor of Education in Social Studies requires 90 points of graduate study and a dissertation. 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.

Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):

Required courses:

  • 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 Seminar in the history of social studies
  • A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

Research courses, seminars, and individual work (15 points minimum):

Required courses:

  • 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)

Other offerings:

  • 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

 Students are encouraged to take courses in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies selected in consultation with an advisor.

Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship (15 points minimum):

In consultation with an advisor, students will select at least one course in each of the following areas: the nature of education; the nature of persons and the learning process; curriculum, schooling, and leadership; and methods of evaluation. Other coursework in this area should be tailored to the individual student’s needs; consult an advisor.

Content courses in the major field (15 points minimum):

Soon after beginning this program, students should select an area of emphasis. These courses should be selected for their applicability to the student’s area of dissertation research. Coursework in the area of emphasis normally includes attention to the subject matters themselves as well as to questions related to educational programs in those subject matters.

Further requirements:

In addition to the dissertation, there are other requirements. Students should consult an advisor in the Program and read the Doctoral Students Handbook for Social Studies.


Doctor of Philosophy (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.

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):

Required Courses:

  • 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

 Other offerings:

  • 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.

Further requirements:

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.


Global Competence Certificate (GCC)

THE GLOBAL COMPETENCE CERTIFICATE (GCC) is the premier, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education for in-service educators. The GCC is designed to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are able to teach for global competence, and effectively prepare students to be globally informed, engaged citizens.

DEVELOPED BY LEADING EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF GLOBAL COMPETENCE EDUCATION — Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society -- and taught by renowned educators, the Global Competence Certificate program addresses a critical need faced by schools and educators to prepare students with the real world skills that they need to succeed in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

The Global Competence Certificate program itself is a reflection of an interconnected and global society and sets the standard for global competence teacher education programs. The GCC program is developed around an innovative program model comprising three components:

  • Component 1: Online Academic Coursework - Taught by Teachers College faculty and renowned educators, the course work supports the development of global understanding and the skills needed to teach for global competence in a K-12 environment. GCC participants will explore the theory, content, and pedagogy that lead to effective instruction for global competence. 
  • Component 2: Fieldwork - Participants engage in two to three weeks of domestic or international fieldwork with partner institutions from across the globe to extend and deepen their learning and apply core understandings in a practical way. 
  • Component 3: Collaborative Practice Groups – Participants work collaboratively in small cohorts to develop a capstone project that supports implementation of global competence education.

Pick the Enrollment Option That’s Right for You:

  • Certificate in Global Competence Education plus 48 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Certificate in Global Competence Education plus 12 graduate credits

 


Application Information

Applicants should indicate on the specialization section of the application whether they wish to pursue teacher certification.

The Master of Arts (38-point program) provides an avenue for New York State Initial Certification. The Master of Arts (32-point program including INSTEP) provides an avenue for Professional Certification in New York State and is designed for experienced teachers and those teaching in private schools.

Applicants to the Master of Arts programs must have taken at least 21 credits in history by the time they complete the M.A. program if they wish to be certified in New York State. Additional coursework is needed in the social sciences (political science, geography, economics, etc.). Those courses that are not listed under a history department, but have substantial history content, may be counted toward the minimum history requirement. 

Applicants to the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree should be aware that the program generally admits students only after several years of teaching or related professional experience and completion of an M.A. degree in Social Studies education or an appropriate content field. Admission requirements in terms of undergraduate background are the same as the M.A., and the degree does not lead to teacher certification in New York. 

An M.A. degree in an appropriate content field or in Social Studies education and several years of teaching experience are generally required for applicants to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. In addition to the Teachers College admission requirements, doctoral applicants must submit a writing sample and recommendations written by persons qualified to address their potential for doctoral-level work. If the applicant will be in or near New York City, an interview is highly recommended. 

All inquiries about the Program in Social Studies should be directed to the Program Coordinator, Professor William Gaudelli, Box 80, Teachers College; telephone: (212) 678-3150; email: gaudelli@tc.edu.

Financial Aid

There is currently no additional information available from the program.

See the Office of Financial Aid for more information

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Assistant Professor of Social Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor
Professor of Social Studies and Education
Research Professor
Associate Professor of Social Studies Education
Instructor in Social Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

A&HW 4032 The study of world history and geography

Particular attention to problems of conceptualization and interpretation involved in organizing and teaching world history with an emphasis in geography at both the middle and high school levels. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography. 

A&HW 4033 History and geography of Europe since 1914: Selected topics

Main themes in teaching recent European history within the geographic context of changing political boundaries. Selected topics may include the balance of power among nation states, imperialism, demographic and social change, fascism, Communism, European integration, and globalization. Satisfies the New York State requirement for U.S. history and geography. 

A&HW 4035 New York City as a learning laboratory

New York City's cultural, social, governmental, business and financial institutions, neighborhoods, community associations and ethnic groups, as studied within the context of New York State history and geography through field experiences. Emphasis on analyzing conditions affecting economic and civic decision-making. Satisfies the New York State requirement for New York State history and geography.

A&HW 4036 The teaching of social studies

Basic classroom methods for teaching social studies in secondary schools; teaching resources and aids; assessment and testing; classroom management.

A&HW 4037 East Asia: Geographic Perspectives

An overview of central themes in the modern history, geography, and culture of China, Japan, and Korea. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography. 

A&HW 4038 The study of American history and geography.

Illustrative themes in American history and geography for middle and high school. Satisfies the New York State requirement for American history and geography as well as for New York State history and geography.

A&HW 4039 The United States Constitution: Civic decision making

Major philosophical foundations, problems preceding and during the convention, the struggle for ratification, detailed examination of the document, important court cases, non-written constitutional traditions, and unresolved constitutional issues. Emphasis on past and present struggles to enact democracy in a pluralistic society. Satisfies the New York State requirement for civics, government, and political science. 

A&HW 4040 Women of the world: Issues in teaching

Women's lives viewed through history, geography, literature, human rights, demography, and economics provide the subject matter. Reconceptualizing the school curriculum is a dominant theme. Satisfies the New York State requirement for world history and geography.

A&HW 4041 Economic decision making in citizenship education

Study of the economic decisions made by individuals, groups, governments, and societies; investigation of economic thought, issues, structures, and associated examples of instructional practice in classroom settings. Satisfies the New York State requirement for economics. 

A&HW 4043 Controversial issues and the secondary classroom

This course is about the inclusion of discussions of controversial public issues in secondary school classrooms. Satisfies the New York State requirement for political science. 

A&HW 4530 Seminar for student teachers in social studies

Must be taken concurrently with A&HW 4730. Restricted to majors. Discussion of contextual issues related to student teaching in New York City and support for developing teachers. 

A&HW 4729 Observation in the social studies

Restricted to majors. Preliminary experience in middle and high school social studies classrooms. 

A&HW 4730 Supervised student teaching in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Must be taken concurrently with A&HW 4530. Restricted to majors. Student teaching placement in middle and high school social studies classrooms.

A&HW 4903 Research and independent study in social studies

Permission of instructor required.  For qualified masters students. Student-proposed course to supplement student’s program plan.  Taken under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum

Study of social, political, spatial, and economic inequity and how these contextualize urban schools and schooling.  Explores the integration of curricular and pedagogical orientations into classrooms that promote inclusivity and attend to diversity and equity.  

A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies

Permission of instructor required.  Introduction to research in teacher education in the social studies; examination of issues related to social studies teacher education.

A&HW 5035 History of the social studies since 1880

A historical investigation of the development of the secondary school history/social studies curriculum, including questions related to objectives, content, and methods of instruction.

A&HW 5037 Advanced methods of teaching social studies

Examination of alternatives to conventional curricular arrangements in social studies, including attention to authentic assessment, interdisciplinary strategies, and social justice education.

A&HW 5203 Fieldwork in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified masters students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings.

A&HW 5232 Fieldwork: Social studies teacher education

Supervised fieldwork, individual conferences and group seminar related to social studies research.

A&HW 5430 Internship in the teaching of history and social sciences
Permission of instructor required. Ordinarily in secondary schools, community colleges, teacher training programs or publishing work.
A&HW 5503 Research paper in social studies

Required for master’s students submitting a final portfolio or thesis; required for doctoral students in fourth semester of doctoral seminar.

A&HW 5530 History of American social thought

History of American social thought as it has influenced and been influenced by theories of education and patterns of educational practice.

A&HW 5931 Guided investigations in the teaching of social studies

Permission of instructor required. For advanced students. Individual fieldwork in secondary school or introductory college social studies.

A&HW 6030 Research in social studies education

Permission of instructor required. Supports advanced students working on a research project.  Course explores epistemological frameworks, use of theory, research methods, and/or analysis of data.  Emphasis determined by needs of students.

A&HW 6203 Advanced fieldwork in social studies

Permission of instructor required. Opportunity for qualified doctoral students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects, in consultation with an advisor, in schools, communities, and other field settings.

A&HW 6403 Internship in college teaching in social studies
Permission of instructor required. Occasional opportunities in college programs in areas represented by the program.
A&HW 6500 Seminar in the history of the social studies

This course is for doctoral students taking the History of Social Studies since 1880 (A&HW 5035) and runs concurrently with A&HW 5035. Course requirements are designed specifically for doctoral students.

A&HW 6503 Doctoral seminar in social studies

Seminar focused on doctoral student research and contemporary social studies issues. Beginning doctoral students take the seminar for four consecutive semesters. 

A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

Aspects of curriculum; teaching and learning processes; attention to problems and techniques of supervision.

A&HW 6903 Research and independent study

Permission of instructor required.  For qualified doctoral students. Student-proposed course to supplement student’s program plan.  Taken under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies

Permission of instructor required. Individual research and advanced historical method ordinarily related to a doctoral dissertation.

A&HW 7503 Dissertation seminar in social studies

The purpose of the dissertation seminar is to develop and refine specific topics for dissertation research. Students should enroll in the dissertation seminar beginning only in the semester in which they intend to present their dissertation proposal for committee review.

A&HW 8903 Dissertation advisement in social studies
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See catalog section on continuous registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.