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History and Social Science Education (*Licensure Program, 6-12)

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction


Dynamic, Robust Program

"The primary purpose of the social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world"

National Council for the Social Studies, 1994 p. 157

The History and Social Science Education Program at Virginia Tech is designed to prepare reflective teachers who are ready, willing, and able to facilitate the type of systematic critical literacy work that is a vital part of preparing 21st century citizens to become thoughtful and nuanced readers of the word and the world, both past and present.

The History and Social Science Education Program has been recognized twice as a University Exemplary Department/program for working collaboratively with the Department of History to fulfill common or complementary goals (2008) and effectively integrating ePortfolios to improve student learning (2012). Program faculty are founding members of History Lab at VT: A transdisciplinary team of faculty and students breaking down barriers between history, technology, and learning. Barriers between traditional classroom instruction and transdisciplinary place-based experiential learning.

The History and Social Science (Social Studies) Education Program at Virginia Tech offers a graduate licensure program in which students earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and are prepared for postgraduate professional licensure in Secondary History and Social Science (social studies) (grades 6-12).

Reimagining the future begins with practices that put educational excellence, innovation, and equity at the fore. At the Virginia Tech School of Education, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to transform teaching and learning, conduct groundbreaking research, and engage with learning communities around the globe. Teacher candidates from historically underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to join and contribute to our learning community.

As a global catalyst for individual transformation, we’re pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice to reimagine a more equitable and just world.

Program Deadlines & Dates

M.A.Ed.   Applicants

Spring or Summer Term Start: September 20

Summer Term Start: February 20

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Ph.D. Applicants

Spring or Summer Term Start: September 20

Summer Term Start: February 20

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dr david hicks smiles comfortably at the camera. he wears a black t shirt and rimmed glasses. he is standing in front of the duck pond on campus
David Hicks, Professor and Program Leader

Our History & Social Science Education Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education, and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.