Social Studies Education

Coordinators: Kira Baker Doyle, Ph.D., Director of Literacies, Technologies, and Citizenship Studies and Erica Davila, Ph.D., Director of Middle and Secondary Certification Programs

Master of Education Degree Program Requirements (M.Ed.)

Secondary Education Concentration

(a minimum of 30 credits)

1. Foundation Courses (6 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following:

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • One additional foundation chosen from ED 501–510

2. Concentration Courses (15–18 credits) chosen with the adviser from the following:

  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 514 Assessment in the Classroom
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 607 Strategic Instruction for Adolescent Readers and Writers

3. Electives (3–9 credits) chosen with the adviser

4. Ed 596 Curriculum Development Project: (3 credits) Arranged and designed in consultation with the adviser at the time of completing the Degree Candidacy Application. A Practicum or Field Experience may not be used as the Culminating Activity for master’s degrees in Secondary Education.

Please Note: All students completing a graduate Education degree are required to complete a Degree Candidacy Form with their academic adviser after completing 15 Arcadia graduate credits. Degree Candidacy is the academic program plan required for the degree and must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. All graduate forms can be found on the graduate forms page at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms.

Teacher Certification Social Studies Education 7–12

Pennsylvania Instructional Teacher Certification (variable credit depending on previous academic credentials)

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • ED 512 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • ED 523 The Teacher and the Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 562B Teaching Citizenship and Social Science
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Area Literacy
  • ED 622 ESL: Multicultural and Multilingual Literacies
  • ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Secondary 7–12 (6 credits; credits not applicable to a master's degree) 
    or ED 583B Fieldwork (for students holding a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate) (3 credits; credits not applicable to a master's degree)

Additional Certification Requirements

1. Completion of all subject/content area coursework required to meet the general and specific certification standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for social studies certification. This will be determined by the Program Coordinator during an initial advising meeting.

2. A grade of “B” or better in the Graduate Student Teaching Practicum.

3. Completion and passing of all Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT)  is required prior to enrolling for the Student Teaching Practicum.

4. Proficiency in the skills of teaching as demonstrated through program fieldwork.

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