Students choose to pursue our graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Social Science Education for several reasons. The dynamic and constantly changing field of Social Sciences brings great challenges to educators in schools, communities, and universities. Our highly accomplished faculty have strong backgrounds in their respective subject areas and value close-working relationships. They want nothing more than to see their students succeed.
In this program, you’ll enjoy being part of an intimate group of students who take the same social science classes. Small class sizes allow you to form partnerships and study groups easily. We offer a small school atmosphere rarely found at a major research university.
We offer an online master’s degree for current teachers as well as on-campus master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. The online program, in particular, allows working teachers to progress through our social science classes at their own pace.
Please note: these are advanced programs designed for current teachers. If you are seeking teacher certification for Social Science Education (grades 6-12), please see our Social Science Education combined BS/MS pathway.
Faculty who advise graduate students in the Social Science Education program include:
John Myers – Dr. Myers’ research examines the consequences of globalization on how youth learn to think and know about the complexities of the modern world. This work focuses on teaching and learning practices that foster global competence, citizenship, and identities as students come to understand core world history and social science concepts. He studies innovative international education programs and inquiry-oriented curriculum and instruction. A secondary line of research is the development of adolescents’ political thinking and beliefs.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:
- A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
- GRE test scores*. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): http://www.ets.org/ – FSU Institution Code: 5219. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.
- M.S. and Ed.S. applicant target scores: Verbal – 146+, Quantitative – 140+
- Ph.D. applicant target scores: Verbal – 151+, Quantitative – 145+, Writing – 3+
- *NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2026.
- Language proficiency test (international students only) – FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5), MELAB (minimum 77), Cambridge C1 Advanced Level (minimum 180), Michigan Language Assessment (minimum 55), and Duolingo (minimum 120)
- Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and/or university attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions electronically at email@example.com or via mail in a sealed envelope:
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Office of Graduate Admissions
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Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:
- Statement of purpose – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
- At least one (1) page for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
- At least two (2) pages for Ph.D. applicants
- Letters of recommendation
- Two (2) for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
- Three (3) for Ph.D. applicants
- One page resume/curriculum vitae
- Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class, or one that was published.
Master’s and Specialist programs:
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1
Fall: December 1
Curriculum choices in our master’s and specialist programs are designed to enable students to become teacher leaders, college instructors, as well as curriculum specialists, state testing specialists and textbook company representatives. Doctoral program graduates are prepared to become university professors, researchers and leaders in the field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for high school teachers is expected to grow 7.5% through 2026, which equates to approximately 79,500 new jobs. The job outlook for instructional leaders/coordinators is expected to grow up to 10.5% through 2026. That translates into over 17,000 new jobs nationwide. The median national annual salary range for instructional leaders/coordinators is $64,450 per year. For university or college professors, the Bureau predicts a 10.3% increase in jobs by 2026, totaling 2,400 new jobs. The median national salary is $74,590 per year.
A career in social science education can be very rewarding, and a typical path offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Educators make a difference in the lifelong learning experience of their students, as well as, the quality and standards of the programs they teach.
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On-campus programs: Veronica Houck
Online master's program: Heather Murphy