Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12), M.S.

Degree Type
Master of Science

Adolescence brings many challenges and adjustments for students in grades 7-12. Central to the success of these students are teachers armed with the knowledge, skills and commitment to student development that, when combined, foster achievement.

To prepare teacher-candidates for professional certification for careers in middle and high school education, SUNY College at Old Westbury offers the Master of Science in Teaching in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12).

All M.S. degrees share general admissions requirements, a pedagogical core, and a content core by discipline specialization. These degrees are designed for candidates seeking both a Master’s degree and professional certification in Adolescence Education.

Pedagogical training and content specialization are equally emphasized in this degree program, which is offered jointly by the School of Education and the History Department of the School of Arts and Sciences.



M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (7-12) – 33 credits

Pedagogy Courses


  • ED7001 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
  • ED7002 Foundations of Literacy 3 credits
  • ED7003 The Exceptional Learner 3 credits

Content Courses: 3 courses required among the 5 offered 9 credits


  • HI6510 Topics in U.S. History. 3 credits
  • HI6520 U.S. Constitutional and Political History 3 credits
  • HI6530 Economics: Theories, Tools, and Debates 3 credits
  • HI6540 Topics in European History 3 credits

One of the following courses [offered in rotation]: 3 credits

  • HI6550 Topics in African History
  • HI6560 Topics in Chinese Civilization
  • HI6565 Topics in the History of India
  • HI6570 Topics in Islamic Civilizations
  • HI6580 Topics in Latin American History

Linked Pedagogy/Content Courses: 12 credits


  • ED7085 Methods and Materials of Teaching Social Studies 3 credits
  • ED7095 Literacy, Research, & Technology in Social Studies 3 credits
  • ED7700 Methods of Research in Educational Settings 3 credits
  • ED7800 Thesis Research in Educational Settings 3 credits

Culminating Experience

  • HI7500 Questioning Global History 3 credits

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