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This degree pathway gives you the versatility of a bachelor's degree in history while satisfying the high demand for social studies teachers. A bachelor's degree in history gives you a solid liberal arts foundation, but when combined with a master's degree in teaching with outstanding coursework in teaching theory and practice, you gain exceptional marketability after graduation. You will leave UGA with an advanced knowledge of your content area, solid teaching skills drawn from real-world classroom experience, and the ability to teach at a higher salary level.


  • Obtain a deep understanding of historical, social, political, and economic changes in societies
  • Become certified to teach in grades 6-12
  • Develop strong communication and leadership skills
  • Enter the teaching workforce at a T-5 certification level (master's-level salary)


All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Double Dawgs program. Please contact the program's pathway advisor for more information.

Undergraduate Application

Students will be admitted into the pathway at the time that they apply for entrance into the professional preparation program in Social Studies Education. That program only is accessible in spring of the academic year.

Students will enter the pathway in fall of year four to be cleared through all pre-service certification background processes associated with social studies education teacher preparation program.

Applicants will apply for entrance to the pathway by the annual application for social studies education application date, which is Sept. 15 of each year. Applicants must have 60 hours of Core Areas I-VI courses, upper-level area of emphasis content courses, and foreign language courses completed at the time of application. A 3.0 GPA (overall, cumulative, and in Areas V and VI combined is required). Students must also submit responses to written essay prompts.

Note: For certification in history, students need 21 semester-hour credits in history. Program completers can also take additional GACE examinations to add on the fields of political science, geography, or economics, if they earn the requisite passing score for those fields on the GACE examination.

Undergraduate Pathway Application

Graduate School Application

Students will apply to the graduate program in the spring semester of year four for entrance into Graduate School in summer year four.

Admission will include submission of the Graduate School application. All other materials would have been collected at the time of pathway admission.

Deadline to Apply

The Master of Arts in Teaching program uses a cohort model, and cohorts begin in the spring semester each year. The deadline to apply for the certification program is Sept. 15 of each year.

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A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study. You will typically begin with an undergraduate advisor and, as you are accepted to the Double Dawgs pathway, you will be paired with a graduate advisor.

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Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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