MEd in Secondary Education - Social
Studies - Curriculum

Prepare for Social Studies Certification

SNHU’s 39-credit master's in Secondary Education - Social Studies curriculum leads to teaching certification for grades 5-12. In addition to taking secondary education courses and social studies methods course work, you will complete a 16-week student teaching practicum and corresponding teaching seminar. If you are a candidate for New Hampshire state teacher certification in secondary education, you must pass Praxis I before applying to the student teaching program. This requirement is waved for students who score in the 40th percentile or above on the GRE. Prior to your student teaching placement, you must also pass the Praxis II test in your undergraduate subject area.

The Master of Education in Secondary Education-Social Studies curriculum has been designed to allow concurrent study leading to special education certification for grades K-12.

Student Teaching Practicum

The Master's in Secondary Education-Social Studies curriculum culminates in a 16-week student-teaching practicum and corresponding seminar. This valuable experience requires that you work full time in the classroom under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher and gradually take on the role of the classroom teacher. You should apply to the SNHU School of Education student teaching program one year before your placement begins. All other course work must be completed prior to beginning the student-teaching placement.

Secondary Social Studies Certification

To achieve secondary certification for teaching social studies in grades 5-12, you must complete an undergraduate major in a social studies discipline or the equivalent course work. In addition, you must complete the following master's in Secondary Education-Social Studies courses. Courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated.

Masters in Secondary Education Courses:

DEV-515: Adolescent Psychology
This course is a study of developmental growth that is focused on the transition to adolescence and processes of physiological, cognitive, social and emotional changes that occur during the teen years. Middle/secondary education majors are required to do field experience in appropriate grade levels and subject areas.
EDU-511: Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools
This course teaches students how to develop effective strategies and lesson plans for delivering content knowledge consistent with standards based learning. Using each student's primary content area as the context, this course investigates developmentally appropriate teaching and classroom management for adolescent learners. Strategies and delivery methods include constructivism, differentiation, peer group learning, cross-curricular lesson planning and writing across the curriculum.
EDU-520: The Educator Researcher
This course provides an introduction to methods of educational research. These methods encourage educators to be action researchers in their own classrooms, school districts, and/or communities to improve teaching and learning practice. Students will become familiar with purposeful quantitative and qualitative research designs to develop an increased understanding of the issues, both theoretical and practical, arising through the research process. An emphasis will be placed on understanding, interpreting, and critiquing educational research and developing research proposals.
EDU-521: Exploring the Principles of Education
This course offers practice in identifying and developing basic beliefs and values while assessing contemporary philosophies. It includes a study of the history and current issues of education in America.
EDU-533: Learning through Technology
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
EDU-543: Learning Theories and Instruction
This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
EDU-552: Assessment for and of Learning
This course is an introduction to assessment for teaching and learning content in grades K-12. Topics include the types, benefits, and uses of formal and informal assessment. Ethical issues of assessment and grading will be discussed. Students will create assessments aligned with standards-based content.
EDU-565: Methods of Teaching Social Studies: in Middle/High School
This course helps to prepare students to teach history, geography, economics, civics, and social science areas in grades 5 through 12. A variety of teaching methods prepare students to write lessons and prepare standards-based units that include other disciplines, formative and summative assessments, integrate technology, and to differentiate instruction.
EDU-511, EDU-521, and EDU-533
EDU-571: Student Teaching and Seminar
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes a weekly seminar at the University.
Must be enrolled in the Teacher Certification prog
RDG-532: Young Adult Literature
This course is a focus on literature designed for the adolescent reader. Students read examples of adolescent fiction, interview adolescents about their selections, study criteria for selection and evaluation of writing done for or by adolescents, and learn strategies for teaching adolescents.
RDG-535: Content Area Literacy Grades 5-12
This course focuses on the development of reading and writing skills in support of the content areas in grades 5-12. Students will become familiar with effective practices to support the development of literacy strategies for students on the secondary level.
SPED-501: Students with Exceptionalities
Students will be introduced to the issues related to children with disabilities and the educational implications for participation within the general education classroom will be examined. The course includes the history of Special Education, as well as current trends and research. Federal and state legislation will be reviewed as well as the NH State Standards for Children with Disabilities. Students will review the Individuals with Disabilities Act as it relates to the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including title II of the ADA and section 504 and The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973, as amended.

Licensure Information

This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire.  Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.  View disclosure information.

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