"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 (Social Studies) Education program at Virginia Tech offers:
- A graduate licensure program in which students earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a postgraduate professional license for History and Social Science (social studies) 6-12,
- A Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on History and Social Science (social studies education).