Master of Education: Teaching - Secondary Social Studies
The Master of Education: Teaching - Secondary Social Studies program, in alignment with the West Virginia 21st Century standards for teaching social studies, is designed for post-baccalaureate students who wish to teach students to understand the political, geographic, economic, and social world. The program encourages the development of teachers who can assist students to work independently and collaboratively using critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to develop civic responsibility for the 21st Century. Candidates will complete both a master's degree and be eligible to receive certification through the state of West Virginia in Secondary Social Studies. The program provides professional education courses at the graduate level, although students found deficient in a particular content area may need to complete additional undergraduate courses in order to meet state content requirements. Should candidates not complete co-requisite course requirements, they may still complete the Master of Education: Teaching - Secondary Social Studies degree, but may not be eligible for a West Virginia teaching certificate. Applicants are encouraged to submit their official undergraduate transcripts for review prior to starting courses. The Secondary Social Studies program also includes fieldwork and student teaching on school sites. All courses other than the student teaching are offered online. This West Virginia state approved program is aligned with Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.
The American Public University System is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association; and nationally, by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
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A variety of student loan programs are available to students, including federal and private loans. (FAFSA code 038193) American Public University also offers Military Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill