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

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

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M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

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.

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Why choose this program?

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).

What You'll Study

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program includes coursework in educational foundations, history and social science pedagogy, educating exceptional learners, instructional technology and cognate courses addressing such issues as multiculturalism, diversity, and reading in the content area. The program includes a field experience in schools during the fall semester and a student teaching internship during the spring semester. Students admitted to the program are required to complete all history and social science content requirements, and 12 hours of education coursework before beginning the field experience in the fall. The program requires a minimum of 15 months to complete.

Undergraduate Content Requirements for Virginia Tech students
Undergraduate Content Requirements for Non-Virginia Tech students

Virginia Tech offers a History and Social Science Education (social studies) program in which candidates earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and become licensed teachers in the state of Virginia. 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.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.00 GPA for regular admission status is required (last 60 hours of coursework).   
  • Three letters of reference that address your academic ability and teaching potential are required.
  • Students should also submit a History and Social Science Content Checklist.
  • Passing scores on the VCLA test, and Praxis II (content) test. The correct Praxis II test is - Social Studies: Content Knowledge (test codes: 5081).  

 

Accelerated BA-MA
Virginia Tech students may be considered for dual status admission during the last semester of undergraduate coursework. Students beginning the graduate program in the spring semester as dual status or regular status will normally complete the program in a fifth year following graduation from undergraduate programs. If space permits, students may be admitted in the summer for a 15-month program or in the fall for a two-year program. Application deadline is September 20 for spring/summer admission and February 20 for summer (if space permits) or fall admissions for the 2 year program. Acceptance to this program is competitive upon receiving applications; eligible applicants will be called for an interview.

Learn More about accelerated B.A.-M.A.

Visit this page for information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and application fee.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Deadlines for early admissions:

  • September 20 for entry in the Spring and Summer
  • February 20 for entry in the Summer (if space permits) and fall (for the two year program).

Note: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

David Hicks
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8332
hicks@vt.edu

Questions?

David Hicks
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8332
hicks@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

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