MSEd in Social Studies Education

Contact Person:
Robert Vadas, Program Coordinator
211 Satterlee, (315) 267-2534 (vadasre@potsdam.edu)

Note: This program is not currently admitting new students; applicants interested in pursuing Professional certification in Adolescence Social Studies Education should contact the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions (graduate@potsdam.edu) to explore other options.

The Master of Science in Education: Adolescence Education, Social Studies program is designed to meet the New York State Education Department’s regulations on Teacher Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards, and to respond to Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. This program satisfies the academic requirements for Professional certification in Adolescence Social Studies Education (7-12). 

Requirements for Admission

  1. Submission of a copy of a current teaching certificate in 7–12 Social Studies.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from previous professors, focusing on academic ability.

Additional Degree Information
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Policies and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog, focusing on the specific information related to education programs. 

All degree candidates are required to successfully complete a Culminating Experience in the School of Education and Professional Studies designed to synthesize their academic experiences. GRED 670 fulfills that requirement for the MSED Adolescence Education: Social Studies program. 

Student progress is carefully monitored throughout the program based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions. Students are provided with information on program expectations in their first semester. Students not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their adviser and may be dropped from the program.

Course Requirements
A minimum of 33 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science in Education, Adolescence Education: Social Studies. The 33 credit hours are divided as follows:

           
Required Courses12
GRED 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education
3
GRED 618 Curriculum and Evaluation in Secondary Schools
3
GRED 660 Educational Research
3
GRED 682 Research in Social Studies Education
3


Social Studies Content/Pedagogy:
12
 The following two courses must be completed: 
      GRED 690 Special Social Studies Education Content Topic
3
      HIST 540 Readings in American History
3
  
Plus two of the following (6 credits) with adviser approval:
GRED 516 Diversity and Advocacy in Education
3
GRED 552 Teaching Vietnam: Cultural/Historical Travel Program
3
GRED 574 The Navajo Cultural Exchange Program
3
GRED 595 Perspectives in Schooling, Culture & Ethnicity:  A Caribbean Experience
3
GRED 595 Caribbean Studies: Rhythm, Rhyme, Reason & Resistance
3
HIST 641 Readings in European History 3
SOCI 570 Readings in the Sociology of Education
3
Or other social studies content or content/pedagogy courses selected with prior adviser approval


Electives
6
Six credits of additional graduate education or liberal studies courses selected with prior approval by the adviser.


Culminating Experience
3
GRED 670 Culminating Experience

Total credit hours
33