As a full-time graduate student, you will have opportunities to:
- Supervise student teachers
- Teach introductory social studies classes
- Conduct and publish research with faculty. Doctoral students are required to complete a research internship with one or more of the faculty as part of their study for their degree
- You will be supported and encouraged to present research papers at professional conferences, specifically the National Council for the Social Studies and the American Educational Research Association
To view the core curriculum and electives visit the Education, Curriculum, Instruction PhD page in the course catalog, find Requirements > Program Sub-Plan Requirements > Social Studies Education.
Master of arts students
You can choose either a thesis Plan A (or final paper Plan B) to complete your degree. View the core requirements for the MA in social studies education in the course catalog. Look under sub-plans for social studies education.
Your PhD coursework will center on your research interests. The program consists of 54 course credits and 24 doctoral thesis credits for a total of 78 credits. To see the curriculum requirements in detail visit the course catalog, find Requirements >Program Sub-Plan Requirements > Social Studies Education.
Students can engage in research that advances the field of social studies education and ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities students. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Areas of research include:
- Multicultural and gender issues
- Critical pedagogy and social justice
- Civic and/or historical identity
- Immigrant education
- Classroom dialogue
- Children's literature in the social studies
- Political socialization
- Political tolerance
- Authentic assessment
- Citizenship and civics education
- Democratic thought
- History of curricula
In addition, faculty members engage in research centered on the history of curricula, multicultural and gender studies, and social justice.
Graduates of the program have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and social studies assessment specialists.
- Indiana University
- Wells College
- George Washington University
- St. Thomas University
- Bemidji State University
- College of Saint Bennedict & St. John's University
- College of Saint Scholastica