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Graduate Certificate in Social Studies Education Boston University



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The Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development offers a Graduate Certificate program for qualified post-baccalaureate students who are interested in receiving Initial Licensure as a teacher of History, Grades 8–12. Students who are successful in completing this program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary as a beginning teacher of history. Specifically, the learning outcomes are as follows:

Plan curricula that:

Align with state and national standards
Meet the learning needs of students they teach
Illuminate the central concepts and principles of history and the social sciences
Weave together history and the social sciences in a way that demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of culture and society, in the past and in current social issues

Apply evidence-based strategies in teaching students:

To construct a rich knowledge base in history and the social sciences
To acquire and use cognitive and participatory skills relevant to historical analysis and competent civic engagement
To reflect on the moral and ethical implications of historical events and current issues

Create a classroom climate that:

Fosters open and honest discourse
Welcomes a diversity of opinion
Provides a safe environment to engage in deliberation on controversial issues

Construct assessments tailored to the various intellectual tasks central to history and the social science disciplines.
Synthesize a personal conception of history/social studies education.
Summarize major area of controversies in the field of history/social studies education.
Demonstrate knowledge of discipline-based subject matter and research methodology within at least one area of history and the social sciences.
Reflect on their teaching practice in terms of their ability to achieve the above.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Certificate in Social Studies Education.

Full Time (Total credits: 32)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 20 May, 02 Sep


Wheelock College of Education and Human Development

Two Silber Way,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

English Proficiency: Recommended minimum overall TOEFL score: 84 on the iBT; TOEFL Subject Area Minimum Scores: Writing: 22, Speaking: 23, Reading: 21, Listening: 18; Recommended minimum IELTS: 6.5 overall.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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