Graduate Teacher Certification Program,
Concentration: Secondary Social Studies Education
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and others who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
The Pennsylvania Department of Education expects that all individuals seeking teacher certification at the master's level, regardless of the discipline, have taken at least 6 credits of college-level mathematics and 6 credits of college-level English composition and literature in their undergraduate program. Prospective students should contact an advisor to discuss course/program prerequisites for the Secondary Social Studies Education concentration.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A baccalaureate degree in
Economics, Geography, History, or Political Science is required. Prospective applicants who majored in another field as an undergraduate should meet with an advisor to determine eligibility.
Statement of Goals:
In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree and certification in Secondary Social Studies Education. The statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple’s program; your future career goals; any job-related experiences that are relevant to the program; and your academic and research achievements and interests.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE/MAT is required. It is expected that the scores will generally be at or above the 50th percentile.
Applicants must also pass the PRAXIS I examination required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, a criminal background check, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required.
A resume is required.
Courses from accredited institutions may be transferred into the Ed.M. program as long as they are current (no more than five years old) and relevant. The faculty advisor determines relevancy of any course that a student wants transferred. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the time of admission. The advisor reviews the student's credentials and determines which, if any, of the required courses can be waived. In general, this waiver covers the beginning-level courses in the program. Waiving a specific requirement, however, does not reduce the total number of credits needed to graduate.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 33
Core Courses (18 s.h.)
ED 5203: Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice
ED 5211: Creating a High School Learning Community
ED 5254: Characteristics of Computer-Based Instruction
ED ADMIN 5402: Action and Collaborative Research Seminar
SEC ED 5471: Reading Problems in Secondary Schools
SPECIAL ED 5666: Inclusive School Practices
URBAN ED 5401: Introduction to Urban Schools
Specialized Pedagogy Courses (6 s.h.)
SOC ST ED 5465: Methods & Materials: Secondary Social Studies
A second course in teaching methods may be required, although some specialties allow an elective course approved by the advisor.
Student Teaching, Seminar, and Practicum (9 s.h.)
ED 5275*: Seminar in Supervised Teaching
ED 5287: Practicum in Teaching
ED 5888*: Supervised Teaching
* Must be taken simultaneously; only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Student teaching and its related seminar are the culminating events for this program.
Program Contact Information:
College of Education
341 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Dr. Saul Axelrod
Lead Professor for Secondary Social Studies Education:
Dr. Christine Woyshner
Dr. Catherine Schifter
About the Program
The Ed.M. program is uniquely designed so that teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies Education or in various other content areas can be earned simultaneously with the master’s degree. It is open to those who hold a baccalaureate degree outside education but who do not have a public school teaching credential. Individuals seeking a Pennsylvania Intern and/or Instructional I certificate should apply. Applicants already holding an Instructional I or II certificate who are interested in a master’s degree should apply to the CITE Department’s M.S.Ed. degree program.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years
Students are able to complete this degree program on either a full-time or part-time (8 credit hours or less per semester) basis. Evening classes on Main campus start at 5:00 p.m.
College of Education
341 Ritter Hall
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
The program is a state-approved teacher certification program. It meets the general requirements and state standards for academic certification as specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved as a teacher certification program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Areas of Specialization:
The Secondary Social Studies Education concentration prepares students to teach in grades 7 through 12, which constitutes the scope of the Instructional I certificate in this area.
Other areas of specialization include Career and Technical Education (Business, Computer, and Information Technology; Industrial Education; and Marketing Education); Elementary Education; Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, and Physics); Special Education; and World Languages (French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish).
Graduates typically pursue teaching positions in middle and secondary school settings in grades 7-12.
Candidates may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate after completing supervised teaching and its prerequisites; passing both the PRAXIS I and II examinations; receiving a successful rating on the Pennsylvania Department of Education – PDE 430 form; and passing criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. The Intern Certificate allows the student to teach in public schools for up to three years. The Intern Certificate is issued only once and expires automatically in three years; no extensions are granted.
Instructional I Certificate:
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements and passing all PRAXIS examinations, candidates may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Students must matriculate within the first 9 credits of the program.
Although some limited funding opportunities are available, assistantships are generally offered to doctoral-level students. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship should make application through the College of Education's Graduate Programs Office.