What You’ll Learn
Your undergraduate degree is the foundation to becoming a successful social studies educator. Continuing your education at the graduate level will take your career to the next level. Graduate work will move beyond the mechanics of how and what to teach.
You will examine the field of education in more sophisticated way. Build your critical thinking skills and further develop your personal teaching philosophy.
- Hybrid (Combination of face-to-face & online instruction)
- 100% Online Program: Adolescence Education Grades 7-12 (Professional Certification ONLY)
We offer 3 different options that lead to initial and/or professional certification in Social Studies, 2 of which also lead to Students with Disabilities certification.
Social Studies Education Inclusive Generalist Grades 5–12, MSEd (Hybrid)
For individuals who do not have initial certification and are seeking to become a NYS certified teacher for the first time. Students must have at least a bachelor’s degree in History or 30 History content related credits to be eligible to apply. This program leads to both initial and professional NYS certification in Social Studies and Students with Disabilities.
Social Studies Education Inclusive Generalist Grades 5-12, Advanced Certificate (Hybrid)
Primarily designed for students who have already earned a master’s degree in History. Students must have a bachelor’s degree or 30 History content related credits to be eligible to apply. This program is for students who are seeking to become a NYS certified teacher for the first time. This program leads to initial NYS certification in History and Students with Disabilities.
Adolescence Social Studies Grades 7-12, MSEd (100% Online Program or Hybrid)
For individuals who have a degree in education and hold (or will soon hold) a NYS teaching certificate in Social Studies Grades 7-12. This program leads to professional certification.
Review the curriculum options below to help determine your appropriate path to becoming a NYS certified teacher or reach out to the department contact below for any specific questions.
Grades 5-12 (MSEd) Curriculum
Grades 5-12 Advanced Certificate Curriculum
Grades 7-12 (MSEd) Curriculum
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2012-22. Employment opportunities vary by region. New York State Education Department (NYSED) issued teaching certificates are highly valued throughout the US, allowing for a reciprocity process in all 50 states. Because of the nature of our inclusive program, our dual certification program will greatly enhance job prospects.
All applicants must complete the multi-step process managed by the Center for Graduate Studies.
- Determine your applicant type
- Submit application
- Request all official transcripts
- Review and submit required application materials through the Application Status Portal
- International applicants must also submit international materials
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Semester: March 15
Complete applications received after the published deadline are welcome and will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Becoming a great social studies teacher means gaining practical experience in a real classroom. Brockport has strong ties to the education community throughout the local area. Two of our three graduate programs require 150 observation hours in a middle/high classroom.
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