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Middle Grades and Secondary Social Studies Education

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Middle Grades or Secondary Social Studies Education prepares educators in history, geography, economics, and government at the middle and secondary school levels. This specialization provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop curriculum and instruct students using a variety of learning techniques. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Completed online application for admission, including ($50) nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Valid professional teaching certificate or temporary teaching certificate with passing scores for GRE or General Knowledge Test

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practioners 3
EDU 600 Accomplished Practices Seminar .5
SST 524 Methods for Teaching Social Studies 3
SST 612 Economics in the Middle and Secondary Curriculum 3
SST 614 Geography in the Middle and Secondary Curriculum 3
SST 616 Sociological Perspectives in Our Multicultural Society 3
SST 622 Consent of the Governed American Government 3
SST 623 American History I (Pre-Colonial to Reconstruction) in the Middle and Secondary Curriculum 3
SST 625 American History II (Reconstruction to Present) in the Middle and Secondary Curriculum 3
SST 627 World History I (Beginning to Renaissance) in Grades 5-12 Curriculum 3
SST 629 World History II (Renaissance-Present) in Grades 5-12 Curriculum 3
SST 630 Contemporary Social Problems and Issues 3
SST 699 Applied Professional Experience in Social Studies 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation .5

TOTAL CREDITS: 37

Coursework for the Middle Grades and Secondary Social Studies Education specializations are conducted entirely online and at an accelerated pace using a cluster model. Students from various geographic areas are grouped together, depending on their term start and progress through the eight-week program modules. This approach allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas: 
          a. Professional Education Test (PEd)
          b. General Knowledge Test (GK) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002)
          c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Social Studies 5 – 9 or Social Studies 6 - 12
  • Evidence of student teaching experience or a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following area: 
          a. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Social Studies 5 – 9 or Social Studies 6 - 12
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

All students must submit a Degree Application

Courses in the Middle Grades and Secondary Social Studies Education specializations meet Florida State Department of Education requirements towards certification and/or recertification. It is the responsibility of each student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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