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Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In this Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification program from New York University, you will build on your knowledge of history and social sciences, learn pedagogical strategies, and apply them in supervised student teaching placements.


Our faculty members are heading social studies curriculum reform and ongoing research in social studies teaching. You will work closely with them to learn:

  • A strong mastery of US and world histories
  • Teaching approaches, pedagogical theories, and practical strategies for teaching middle and high school students
  • How to develop and implement innovative curricula for teaching social studies in multicultural and multiethnic schools

In this Teaching Social Studies, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification program from New York University, you’ll learn how to integrate historical narrative with novels, film, music, photography, and visual arts, and incorporate geography, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology into your social studies teaching, preparing you to teach the social science elective courses offered in many secondary schools. 

Careers and Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for certification to teach social studies, history, and the humanities for grades 7–12 in New York, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6. You’ll be prepared for a career as a social studies teacher, teacher trainer, or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Key Debates in US History
  • Key Debates in World History
  • MA Seminar in Social Studies
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary School
  • Language and Literacy Acquisition and Development
  • Inquiries into Teaching and Learning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • 15 semester hours of history and geography of the US and the world
  • 3 semester hours of government, politics, or political science
  • 3 semester hours of economics
  • 3 additional semester hours of history, geography, government, politics, political science, economics, sociology or anthropology
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English (American Sign Language is acceptable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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