Teaching of Social Studies EdM

Master of Education in the Teaching of Social Studies

Lead in a variety of settings, from community colleges to museums, through this flexible Ed.M. for experienced educators.

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Admissions Information

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Academic Writing Sample

Course Requirements

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




  • 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
  • One additional course in curriculum


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

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