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What will I learn?

This program requires a minimum of 60 points including an independent integrative research project. The degree is intended for experienced educators; it is aimed at developing leaders in social studies education for settings such as community colleges, high schools, curriculum agencies, publishing companies, foundations and museums. Emphasis is on specialized work in curriculum development and the subject matters, methods, and materials of instruction. This degree program is also suitable for students contemplating future doctoral study. The program is flexible in nature and can be tailored to the student’s specific career goals.

Social Studies Foundations, Methods and Professional Content (27 points minimum):

The courses in this area are intended to familiarize students with the historical development and current state of social studies education and to provide experience in research on educational practices. Students should consult with an advisor to determine what additional research courses outside the program will be needed in their individual programs of study; these out-of-program courses may be used to satisfy requirements in this area.

Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):

Required courses:

A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies

A&HW 5530 History of American social thought

A&HH 4070 History of education in the United States

A&HW 6500 Seminar in the history of social studies


A&HW 5037 Advanced methods of social studies curriculum

A&HW 5203 Fieldwork in social studies

A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies

A&HW 5232 Fieldwork: Social studies teacher education

Curriculum Study (12 points):

Required courses:

A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum (or a comparable course in diversity)

One course in media and technology

Social Studies Content Electives (12 points minimum):

A wide variety of courses combining content and pedagogy is offered in the program. Content courses are also available at Columbia University but should be approved by a program advisor before registration.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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