MEd in Secondary Education - Social Studies


A Rewarding Career Teaching Social Studies

If you enjoy working with middle school and high school students and have an interest in history, politics, economics and geography, then an MEd in Secondary Education in Social Studies could lead to a meaningful and rewarding career. Southern New Hampshire University’s master’s in secondary education program has a history of preparing successful social studies teachers.

The master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies program is offered at the SNHU Manchester, N.H., campus, an easy commute from communities throughout the region. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible for licensure in New Hampshire in Secondary Education / Social Studies (grades five through 12).

The social studies master’s degree program is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in history, social studies, economics, or a related area such as political science who wish to bring their expertise to teaching.  Related degrees must have included 10 undergraduate classes in history or social studies. New Hampshire requires that all secondary education candidates complete 30 undergraduate credit hours in specific content areas for certification. A review of your transcript(s) will be conducted and the results reported to you before the end of your first term at SNHU. Based on this review, you may be required to take additional coursework to meet the state's content area requirements. Any missing coursework must be completed prior to student teaching.

Advantages of the Social Studies Master's Degree

  • An affordable master’s in secondary education that may be completed in 24 months, with two courses per term.
  • Offered by a respected, private, nonprofit university.
  • SNHU graduates have a great reputation with New Hampshire schools.
  • No GMAT or GRE required for admission.
  • Good job outlook for secondary education teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Learn innovative educational practices from accomplished instructors who have spent years in the classroom.
  • One-on-one personalized support from an academic advisor.
  • Earn New Hampshire endorsement as a secondary social studies teacher.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume.

Initial licensure candidates also are required to complete a general assessment form.

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.

University Accreditation

SNHU is a fully accredited university. Access our list of accreditations. More...

Contact Us

Phone: 888.387.0861