Required Courses (*includes field experience) 35 credits


  • EDU 508 - Student Teaching (9 total credits) *
  • EDU 522 - Social Studies and Democracy: The Reconstruction of Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 606 - Understanding Learning and Teaching (4 credits) *
  • EDU 622 - International Education for Transformation (3 credits)
  • ELL 645 - Issues in Educating English Language Learners (3 credits)
  • RED 625 - Literacy Across the Curriculum (4 credits) *
  • SED 613 - Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Social Studies (3 credits)
  • SED 616 - Assessment and Data Driven Instruction/Social Studies (3 credits)
  • SED 640 - Participation in the Professional Development School (Social Studies Academy) (twice, 0 credits)
  • SPE 612 - Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs (3 credits)
  • Safe and Healthy Learning Environments (0 credits)

Coursework is supplemented with field experiences which give you an opportunity to use acquired skills directly in the classroom environment. Classes start after 4pm to accommodate work schedules.

The program also requires students to pass a master's degree intensive examination.

Liberal Arts Course requirements

The requirements of this program include several undergraduate social science and distribution courses. It is not unusual that an applicant will have one or more of these courses left to take. These do not need to be completed before applying and may be taken at an institution other than Syracuse University. However, some of the courses need to be done before starting the graduate program, and all must be finished before a degree can be granted. We help prospective students identify appropriate courses.

Interested students should contact Marie Sarno, Program Specialist, as early as possible (including before applying) to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements. This allows more time to enroll in needed courses.

Social Science Content

  • A major in history or another social science area; OR by the end of the MS program, a minimum of 39 semester hour credits of social sciences, with at least 27 completed before beginning the master's program (including 9 upper division credits), and 6 completed as part of the master's degree.
  • The 39 credit hours must include:
    • 18 credits total of American and global history.
    • One social science geography course
    • One course in economics
    • One course in political science

Distribution courses (one each, with no grade less than a C)

  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Artistic Expression
  • Humanities other than history or artistic expression
  • Language other than English including American Sign Language (Completion of high school Level 3 or higher may be substituted.)

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