MEd in Secondary Education / Social Studies - Careers

Become a Classroom Teacher

Adding a master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies degree to your undergraduate degree in history, political science, economics or a related area gives you a strong foundation for careers in education. Step into the classroom to teach social studies to adolescent learners using effective teaching methods that excite a new generation of students.

Job Prospects

The job market for those enhancing their careers with a master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies is rated as “good” by the Department of Labor.  Leverage our reputation as an educational leader in the state to set yourself apart in a competitive job market.  You also may consider adding the General Special Education certification as part of their program for additional marketability for inclusive classroom teaching.

Holding a master’s in secondary education degree typically increases a teacher’s salary. Careers in education are readily available with a master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies, given your demonstrated and specialized interest.

Skill Development

Upon completion of your master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies degree, career options will increase, as you will have added a host of instructional skills to your subject area knowledge.  During your course work you will be exposed to education theories and practices that will prepare you for your student teaching experience and ultimately, running your very own class. You will learn:

  • History and current issues in secondary education
  • Methods of teaching social studies to middle school and high school students
  • Effective curriculum development and assessment
  • Strategies and lesson plans to successfully deliver content
  • Developmentally appropriate teaching and classroom management practices for adolescent learners
  • Techniques for teaching in an inclusive classroom
  • How to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement

Career Resources

Access helpful resources on secondary education careers, including secondary Social Studies teachers, at the following web links:

Career Opportunities
SNHU Career Development Center
Learn about SNHU career planning and development assistance for secondary education graduates.

U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training, job prospects, and expected earnings of those in the secondary education field.

Professional Organizations and Associations
National Council for the Social Studies
The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.

New Hampshire Department of Education
The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.

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