M.A.: Teaching of Social Studies (SSTE)
Master of Arts (M.A., 32 points)
This program is designed for experienced teachers who need an MA for professional certification and non-certified teachers 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 are 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 also take 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.
Students must also complete a master’s integrative project, selected with advisor approval.