Social Studies Education

Social studies is an interdisciplinary topic that includes history, government, sociology, psychology, economics, and geography. This program can enah2le a student to focus on advancing their knowledge and expertise in a single topic or study to add additional suh2ject-matter endorsements to their teaching credentials. It is also preparation for leadership roles in curriculum planning and instruction.

Interview with a Masters in Social Studies Degree Graduate

Social studies is an interdisciplinary topic that includes history, government, sociology, psychology, economics, and geography. This program can enable a student to focus on advancing their knowledge and expertise in a single topic or study to add additional subject-matter endorsements to their teaching credentials. It is also preparation for leadership roles in curriculum planning and instruction.

Why did you decide to pursue an M.Ed. degree?

Justin SulskyI decided to pursue my Master’s in education in order to increase my content knowledge and pedagogical skills. In New York state, you must obtain a Master’s degree within five years of receiving your initial teaching license, so I decided to work on my Master’s before I began employment as a full-time teacher. Given the tight market for teachers in New York and the ongoing hiring freeze in the New York City public school system, I decided to concentrate in gifted education. When I graduate in May 2011, I will have the NYS extension to teach in an approved gifted program, which should improve my chances of gaining full-time employment.

What is your primary area of interest within the field of education?

I am certified as a social studies teacher and I will continue to study history, the social studies, and the related pedagogy. I also enjoy working with gifted students and 4 out of my 11 classes are related to the education of the gifted.

Please describe the Masters in History Education program you chose to attend

The MA program in social studies education at Hofstra is specifically designed for certified social studies teachers who are learning more on the teaching journey and, on a practical level, completing their Master’s to comply with New York State’s certification requirements. The program is flexible so students can explore their own interests. I am pleased that I will be able to obtain my gifted extension while completing the requirements for my Master’s. I have taken classes about race and gender in the United States, designing a projects-based American History classroom, and interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction. All MA students need to complete a curriculum project and I am working on a project about school segregation on Long Island.

Why did you choose the school you attended?

On Long Island, Hofstra definitely has the best reputation and the primary professor, Alan Singer, is very well known in the field.

What were the strategies for teaching social studies that you enjoyed?

I like all of the classes that I have taken, and that is obviously the most important part. I like that Professor Singer is very practical in terms of classroom strategies but also about his students gaining their first teaching jobs.

What did you not like about the program?

Since it’s a private institution, the cost is high but I know I’m getting a superior education.

Were you employed while taking classes?  If so, how did you manage your time?

I work for the Great Neck UFSD as a home instruction provider and I provide home instruction for the Jericho UFSD and Syosset CSD through an outside agency. I also work as per-diem substitute teacher in a few local Long Island districts. I didn’t find it hard to manage my time, and I was glad that while I was working on my Master’s I was able to stay current with the curriculum, gain the valuable experience of working with school phobic children, and maintain relationships with school districts that could possibly employ me full-time when I complete my Master’s.

Did you participate in any research or special projects while in school?

All Master’s students help edit articles for the New York State Council for the Social Studies docket and I am working on a Master’s curriculum project entitled Long Island School Segregation: Roots and Implications.

What should a student look for when deciding if they want to be teaching social studies?

They should make sure that the classes are fulfilling, relevant to their interests, and interesting. They should ask a lot of questions before enrolling and sit in on classes as well as talk to as many current students and recent alumni as possible. Students should also find out about what the field experiences and student teaching requirements will be like if they are entering a program without initial certification.

Do you plan on teaching social studies in middle schools or elementary schools?

I intend to teach in Long Island or New York City.

Did you make use of your school’s career services office during your job search?

Hofstra has very b relationships with local school districts and they frequently become aware of jobs that are not widely advertised. When I graduate, I intend to use Hofstra’s network for me to procure employment.

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Abilene Christian University
  • Masters in General Education
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Adams State College
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Teacher Education Program
Adelphi University
  • Masters in Art Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in Literacy Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
Agnes Scott College
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Science Education
Alabama A & M University
  • Doctorate in Reading Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Secondary Education
Alabama State University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in History Education
  • Masters in library resource management
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  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Social Studies Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Elementary Education
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  • Education Specialist in library resource management
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  • Education Specialist in Music Education
  • Education Specialist in School Counseling
  • Education Specialist in Science Education
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  • Education Specialist in Special Education
Alaska Pacific University
  • Masters in General Education
Albany State University
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Albertus Magnus College
  • Masters in General Education
Albright College
  • Masters in General Education
Alcorn State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Health Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Elementary Education
Alfred University
  • Masters in General Education
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Alliant International University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Alvernia College
  • Masters in General Education
Alverno College
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Special Education
American Intercontinental University
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
American Intercontinental University Online
  • Masters in General Education
American International College
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in General Education
American Jewish University
  • Masters in General Education
American University
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in General Education
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  • Masters in History Education
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  • Masters in Science Education
Anderson University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Elementary Education
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  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in General Education
Andrews University
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology
Angelo State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Reading Education
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Anna Maria College
  • Masters in General Education
Antioch University McGregor
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Antioch University Seattle
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in library resource management
Antioch University-Los Angeles Branch
  • Masters in General Education
Antioch University-Santa Barbara
  • Masters in General Education
Appalachian State University
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Music Education
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  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
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Aquinas College
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Science Education
Arcadia University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Health Education
Argosy University-Atlanta
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Dallas
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Argosy University-Denver
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Hawaii
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
Argosy University-Inland Empire
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Los Angeles
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Orange County
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Phoenix
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Argosy University-Salt Lake City
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Sarasota
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
  • Education Specialist in School Counseling
Argosy University-Schaumburg
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Seattle
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Higher Education
Argosy University-Tampa
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Argosy University-Twin Cities
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Administration
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Argosy University-Washington D.C.
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Arizona State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Arkansas State University
  • Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences
Arkansas State University-Beebe
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Arkansas State University-Main Campus
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
Arkansas Tech University
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Secondary Education
Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Middle Grades Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Masters in General Education
Asbury College
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Ashland University
  • Doctorate in General Education
  • Masters in General Education
Assumption College
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
Athens State University
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Atlantic Union College
  • Masters in General Education
Auburn University Main Campus
  • Doctorate in Adult Education
  • Doctorate in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctorate in Elementary Education
  • Doctorate in English as a Second Language
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Doctorate in Math Education
  • Doctorate in Music Education
  • Doctorate in Reading Education
  • Doctorate in School Counseling
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Doctorate in Science Education
  • Doctorate in Special Education
  • Masters in Adult Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Music Education
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Science Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Auburn University-Montgomery
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Physical Education
Augsburg College
  • Masters in General Education
Augusta State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist in General Education
Aurora University
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Reading Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Austin College
  • Masters in General Education
Austin Peay State University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
Averett University
  • Masters in General Education
Avila University
  • Masters in General Education
Azusa Pacific University
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Baker University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Literacy Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
Ball State University
  • Doctorate in Adult Education
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration
  • Doctorate in Elementary Education
  • Doctorate in English Education
  • Doctorate in Higher Education
  • Doctorate in School Psychology
  • Doctorate in Science Education
  • Doctorate in Special Education
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Masters in English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Math Education
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • Masters in School Psychology
  • Masters in Secondary Education
  • Masters in Special Education
  • Masters in Technology Innovation and Education
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology
Bank Street College of Education
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in General Education
  • Masters in Middle Grades Education
  • Masters in Special Education
Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Clarks Summit PA
  • Masters in Christian School Education
Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson NY
  • Masters in General Education