History and Social Science Education Licensure (6-12)

(M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

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).

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Year Program (Summer, Fall, and Spring)

Small Graduate  Cohorts 9-15 Students

Twice Recognized as A University Exemplary Program

Dual MA Option in Curriculum and Instruction, and History

Our History and Social Science Education Program

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.

Why Study History and Social Science Education Here?

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.

Career and Professional Development

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.

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Learning History and Social Science
  • Explicit Strategy Instruction and Scaffolding
  • Mixed Reality  & Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Digital Technologies and Multimedia
  • Disability Studies

David Hicks, Professor

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David Hicks, Professor

History and Social Science Education Research Highlights

  • Stoddard, J.S., Marcus, A., & Hicks, D. (Eds.) (2017).  Teaching difficult history through film. New York: Routledge.
  • van Hover, S., & Hicks, D. (2017). Social constructivism and students learning in Social Studies. In M. Manfra and C. Bolick (Eds.), The handbook of social studies research (pp. 270- 286). New Jersey: Wiley.
  • Johnson, A., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Bowman, D., Cline, D. & Regan, E. (2017) “If this place could talk”: Using augmented reality to make the past visible. Social Education 81(2), 112-116.
  • van Hover, S., Hicks, D., & Dack, H. (2016). From source to evidence? Teachers’ uses of historical sources in their classrooms. The Social Studies 107(6) 209-217.

Students interested in applying to the History and Social Science Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. David Hicks, by email at hicks@vt.edu.

Visit our office at 400A War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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.

CONTACT US

David Hicks
Program Leader
400A War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8332
hicks@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
War Memorial Hall, RM 105,
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061 
540-231-5348 
nanolen@vt.edu

Dawn Knight
Pre-Education Advising Program Coordinator
War Memorial Hall, RM 107,
Virginia Tech
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 
540-231-6496 
dknight1@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061