Designed for individuals who hold (or will soon hold) a NYS teaching certificate in Social Studies grades 7-12.
This program satisfies the master's degree requirement for NYS professional certification in Social Studies grades 7-12.
This program can be completed fully online.
Admission to the Program
The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants must present:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to contact the Department of Education and Human Development to discuss possible options.
- Statement of Objectives
- Three letters of reference
- Valid New York State initial certification in Social Studies grades 7-12, including evidence of completion of CAD, SAVE, & DASA workshops
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
- EDI 601 Diversity in Education
- EDI 603 Educational Assessment and Evaluation
- EDI 670 Issues in Social Studies Education
- EDI 674 Applied History Seminar
- EDI 794 Seminar in Social Studies Education
- FOUR liberal arts graduate courses (12 credits) related to disciplinary content as approved by assigned advisor:
- ONE graduate elective course (3 credits)
Minimum Total Credits: 30
Students who complete this program are eligible for the College's recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College's recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office for comprehensive information regarding NYSED certification requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
- Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for P-12 students.
- Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
- Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
- Professional dispositions: Students will practice professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, self-awareness, and professionalism.
- Positive impact on P-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.