School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd - Concentration in Secondary Education History and Social Studies

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Teaching social studies powerfully and authentically begins with a deep knowledge and understanding of the subject and its unique goals. Social studies programs prepare students to identify, understand, and work to solve the challenges facing our diverse nation in an increasingly interdependent world.

Course Requirements


Select six credits from the following:

Note: SEED offers special topics courses that are currently listed as distinct sections of EDCI 597; students must obtain program approval before registering for any of these courses.

Field Experience

Clinical experiences in public schools will be required throughout the program (a maximum of 15-30 clock hours per course or 45 clock hours per term). Arrangements will be made at the beginning of each term.

Internship Options

A 6-credit 16-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Student teaching internship: A one-term daytime internship in the classroom of a mentor teacher. Teacher candidate assumes co teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-job internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time provisionally licensed teachers and teaching in their endorsement area in an accredited middle or secondary school and want to complete a master's degree. In lieu of an internship, provisionally licensed teachers may choose to use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license; however, the 35-credit master's degree requires that 6 credits of approved coursework be substituted for the internship.
  • Total Credits: 35

    Licensure Disclosure

    This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.