2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 18, 2024  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12) [SSA] M.S.Ed. - History Concentration


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Students must choose a concentration of at least 18 credit hours in either history or geography and must take six hours of a cognate social science and six hours of professional education. In addition to the program requirements stated below, students must either write a master’s thesis or take a written comprehensive exam based on work taken in the concentration and in professional education.

Faculty

Scott Anderson (Geography Advisor)
William Sharp (History Advisor)

Career Potential

  • Secondary social studies teacher
  • Graduate schools
  • Public historian (museum, archives)
  • Business positions
  • Urban planning departments
  • Careers appropriate to geography or political science

Special Features

• Small graduate reading and writing seminars
• Preponderance of work in subject matter areas

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a degree program stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to a M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: social studies (7-12) should present the following:

  1. A resume.
  2. A letter stating educational and professional goals.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  4. Documentation of an initial/provisional certificate, or a certificate of qualification for initial or provisional certification, in adolescence/secondary or elementary social studies issued by the New York State Education Department.
  5. A minimum of 18 credit hours in history or geography and a minimum of 21 credit hours combined in history and geography. Under special circumstances this requirement may be reduced.
  6. At least a 2.7 grade point average in the undergraduate social science major and at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  7. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from an instructor in the student’s undergraduate social science major or concentration.
  8. Approval of the Social Studies Graduate Committee.

Note: Students must have at least a B average in their first six hours of course work in order to be admitted to candidacy for the degree.

Program Requirements


Note: It is best to check with the Geography Department for changes to the requirements below.

A. History or Geography Concentration: 18 credit hours


The geography concentration must include:


  1. Research and writing seminar: Three credit hours of geography at the 600 level.
  2. Trends in discipline course: Three credit hours of geography at the 600 level
  3. Courses combining content and pedagogy within the geography concentration: Nine credit hours of geography courses at the 500 level.
  4. Elective course in concentration: Three credit hours of geography at the 500 or 600 level.
  5. Proof of completion of state-mandated workshops.

The history concentration must include:


  1. Research and writing seminar: Three credit hours from HIS 660, 661, 663

  2. Trends in discipline course: Three credit hours (Any 600-level course except HIS 650, 660, 661, 663)

  3. Courses combining content and pedagogy within the history concentration: Nine credit hours (Any history course at the 500 level except directed study)

  4. Elective course in concentration: Three credit hours at the 500 or 600 level.

  5. Proof of completion of state-mandated workshops.

B. Cognate Social Science: Six credit hours


Note: At least one of the cognate social science courses must be a geography course if the concentration is history and two history courses if the concentration is geography.

C. Professional Education: Six credit hours, which must include:


b. education elective, with consent of advisor


Note: It is best to check with the Geography Department for changes to the requirements stated above.

Additional Requirements


Other requirements for the award of the degree may be determined by the History Department and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with a department graduate advisor.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30


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