New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Graduate program in Social Studies Education


70 Washington Square South

New York City, NY 10012

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Social Studies Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.A. program in Social Studies Education leads to New York State initial teacher certification to teach social studies, history, and the humanities in grades 7-12. Combine your love of history, geography, economics, or political science and government with inquiry-based teaching methods for adolescents in multicultural, multiethnic, urban schools. Learn to teach with primary sources and divergent historical interpretations.

As you develop as a teacher, your lesson plans and classroom teaching will become exciting, inquiry-based history workshops that use innovative technologies to bring the past to life. We follow an interdisciplinary approach to social studies: you'll learn how to enhance your teaching by integrating historical narrative with novels, film, music, photography, and the visual arts. Our program features small classes and opportunities to work with an outstanding faculty dedicated to improving the teaching of history in high schools and middle schools. The pivotal experience of the program is a two-semester sequence of student teaching at the middle and high school levels -- a modified teacher residency experience that follows the calendar of the New York City public school year. Unique graduate study abroad opportunities broaden your learning experiences.

Join our graduates who teach in public and independent, charter, and magnet school classrooms throughout New York City and across the country. Many other graduates serve as teacher trainers, department chairs, or curriculum specialists in middle and high schools. Still others work in educational print and electronic publishing, educational television, museum education, and in private and non-profit settings throughout the United States. A professional certification M.A. for experienced teachers is offered, as well as a unique M.A. program that leads to dual certification in Educational Theatre, all grades, and Teaching Social Studies, grades 7-12.


New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,367 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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