NOTE: The Master of Science in Education, Social Studies Adolescence (M.S.Ed., SSA) program has been suspended. We are no longer accepting applications for this program.
The Master of Science in Education, Social Studies Adolescence (M.S.Ed., SSA) is a program in the History Department for those holding the initial or provisional certification in secondary and/or adolescence social studies who are seeking to fulfill the New York State graduate education requirements for professional certification. Because of the heavy emphasis on both United States and Global history in the New York State secondary social studies curriculum, the program requires significant course work in U.S. and Global history, as well as Political Science offered by the relevant disciplinary departments and a core of pedagogical courses offered through the College of Education.
Beyond meeting the state's professional licensure requirements, our goal for the M.S.Ed., SSA program, as a department, is to produce accomplished, dedicated, and knowledgeable middle- and high-school social studies/history teachers. The program is designed to bring our graduate students beyond the master narratives of United States and Global history gained during their undergraduate professional education to a deeper understanding of the major historiographic debates and complexities in the discipline. The existence of two distinct emphases in the program, Global and United States history, complicates our task and requires that we attempt to highlight the cross-cultural connections that exist between the two while focusing on both the current and prospective needs of our candidates and their students in an increasingly globally connected world.