Social Science Education

School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Graduate Certificate

Social Science Education

The Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is for teachers who instruct students in social science content in grade levels K-12.

The program is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in social science classrooms. Graduates of the K-12 Social Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in learning social science content. The focus of the K-12 Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is to provide all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in social science education.

Master’s Degree Program

Social Science Education (M.A.T.)

The Teacher Education MAT, Social Science Education program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Social Science in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program that is subject to any change in the Florida Administrative Code (State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066). Students enrolled in this program should remain in close contact with their adviser to keep informed of any program changes implemented to comply with new state requirements.

The Teacher Education MAT, Social Science Education is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Social Science in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.

Social Science Education (M.Ed.)

The Social Science Education track in the Secondary Education MEd program is designed to meet advanced knowledge and skill needs of the Social Science classroom teacher.

Doctor of Philosophy

Social Science Education (Ph.D.)

The Social Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare social science educators for successful careers in research and teaching.

The program assists students in providing options to careers in preparing social science teachers, teaching post-secondary social science (history, political science, economics, etc.), and conducting research activities in social science education. Doctoral students in the track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with various social science educators and social science experts. Throughout this program, students are mentored by experienced and successful university social science education faculty. Based on the students’ previous graduate course work, students may be required to complete additional graduate social science education (SSE) courses and/or graduate content courses beyond the minimum requirements.