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History and Social Science (Social Studies) Education

M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction


M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

This program is offered to anyone who would like to earn
History and Social Science Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) only. If you are interested in State of Virginia Licensure, applicants should apply for History and Social Science Education Licensure Program (6-12) that lists all the licensure/endorsement requirements.

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

Program Overview

The History and Social Science (Social Studies) Education program is a one year (minimum) 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. The program is designed to prepare secondary level (6-12) teachers to teach engaging, powerful, challenging, and authentic social studies.


Why choose this program?

The history and social science program offers students the opportunity to join a small cohort of preservice teachers and learn from nationally renowned social studies teacher educators. The program is designed to blend theory and practice and  provide a supportive space for preservice teachers to join a  learning community where they can construct a philosophy of teaching and learning, and begin to develop a range of disciplinary-specific inquiry-based strategies for the planning, teaching, and assessment of history and social science in the 6-12 classroom. The program always works closely with the Department of History to support a Dual MA program in Curriculum and Instruction and History.

What You'll Study

The program is designed to provide space to begin to play and develop a critical yet entrepreneurial eye with regard to self, school,  student learning, digital technologies, content, and context. The program prides itself with developing teacher leaders/scholars who know how to support the teaching of all students within standards-based settings. The job placement rate within Virginia and beyond is excellent.

Coursework includes foundational courses in social foundations of education, content specific literacy work, psychological foundations of education, and educating exceptional learners. As part of the social studies education cohort the two methods courses are carefully aligned with intensive field experiences, and coursework in inquiry-based learning and digital technologies. The methods courses also uniquely brings together social studies preservice teachers with English Language Arts preservice teachers to explore interdisciplinary connections. The design and development of individual electronic portfolios form the capstone of the program. In 2012 the program alongside English education and Music Education was recognized as a University Exemplary Department/program for effectively integrating ePortfolios to improve student learning.

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

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.

Dual History (M.A.) and History and Social Science Education (M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Students interested in teaching should consider dual enrollment in the M.A. in History concurrently with the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. You can earn two masters in just three years.

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.

Deadline 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


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

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348

Faculty Experts in History and Social Science Education