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Graduate Bulletin

M.A. Program in Social Studies Education

Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education (24-27 Credits)

M.A. Program in Social Studies Education

To be eligible for the Master of Arts degree in Social Studies, students must successively complete the following 39-42 credit sequence:

I. Content Core

Students must satisfy the following required areas of study. These requirements may be met by either graduate courses or by undergraduate coursework taken prior to or after commencement of graduate study. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis as part of the admissions process. Lehman undergraduates can satisfy these requirements prior to admission in the master's program by choosing courses for their distribution requirements in the areas listed.

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Two history survey courses, one in U.S. history and one in European or world history.

NOTES:

  1. See Bulletin for History courses and both General Education and Social Studies Education courses and sequences.
  2. Candidates must have submitted passing scores to the Program Coordinator from the Assessment of Literacy Skills Test (ALST) prior to enrolling in ESC 533: Teaching World History in Middle and High School and/or ESC 534: Teaching U.S. History and Government.
  3. Candidates must obtain a B or better in each methods course as well as have passed the remaining certification examinations to be eligible to enroll in certain courses.
  4. To graduate, students must complete all degree requirements, including educational core courses, and any additional requirements including pedagogical, content area and/or distribution courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major and a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7 in undergraduate work. If conditionally accepted, must earn 3.0 in courses designated by the Program Coordinator.
  • Bachelor's degree must be in History or any of the social sciences.
  • Students must have at least one undergraduate course in the following areas (candidates may satisfy these requirements while in the program):
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
    • Geography
    • Political science
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Two history survey courses, one in U.S. history and one in European or world history.
  • The New York State A.L.S.T. (Academic Literacy and Skills Test) must have been taken and scores submitted to the Program Coordinator. If conditionally accepted, scores must be presented by the end of the first semester student is matriculated.
  • Candidates must schedule an interview with the Social Studies Program Coordinator that includes a transcript review.
  • If conditionally accepted, make up deficiencies by the end of the third consecutive semester of matriculation.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • 500-word application essay on interest in the program as it relates to long-term career interests.