Teaching of Social Studies MA Transitional B

Master of Arts in the Teaching of Social Studies (Peace Corps Fellows)


Prepare to be a social studies educator in NYC schools through this M.A. program for returning Peace Corps volunteers.

Master of Arts

  • Major Code: SSTE-TRAN
  • Points/Credits: 32
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer

Certification

  • NY State Transitional B: Social Studies 7-12

Application Deadlines

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

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test
  • Supplemental application required (included in online application)

Transitional B Master of Arts in Social Studies with Initial Teacher Certificati

This program requires a minimum of 32 points and an integrative project. The program is designed for Returned Peace Corps Fellows to transition into public school classrooms. Successful completion of this program of study leads to the M.A. degree and recommendation for New York State Initial Certification (grades 7-12). Students in this program balance full-time teaching in a NYCDOE school and graduate school coursework.  They are supported in their program and teaching by the Program in Social Studies and the Peace Corps Fellows Program.

In order to complete all degree requirements successfully, this program typically demands two years.  The first summer in the program is intensive coursework and fieldwork to prepare students for their first year of teaching  

The 32 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
  • C&T 4501 Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural, Multilingual Classroom
  • A&HW 4530 Student Teaching Seminar - Fall
  • A&HW 4530 Student Teaching Seminar - Spring

 

Social Studies Content Courses (10+ 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 (7+ 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. For the purposes of certification, students must take a course in psychology with an adolescent focus, a three-point literacy course, and a course in inclusive or special education. Selected with advisor approval.

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 and social studies content. (For additional requirements, please refer to the Teacher Education area of the Academic Resources section of this bulletin.)

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