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BSEd in Social Studies Education / MEd in Social Studies Education

Expand your teaching horizons and increase your marketability by combining a bachelor’s degree in education, focusing on social studies, with a master’s of education in the same field. Your coursework will help prepare you to become certified in grades 6-12 to teach social studies, a specialty that is in high demand in school systems across Georgia and beyond.

Through this Double Dawgs pathway, you will also have the advantage of completing a student-teaching placement in addition to coursework that focuses on reflective practices and instructional leadership. And because your graduate-level courses are online, you may begin teaching after receiving your bachelor’s degree while continuing to work on your master’s—and become eligible with a stepped pay increase with the advanced degree.


  • Gain professional experience while working on your master’s degree
  • Combine the latest instructional techniques with core content and a year-long practicum.
  • Become eligible for an increased salary through T-5 certification (master’s-level salary)
  • Nearly 100% of social studies education graduates seeking teaching positions had job offers by graduation


In this program of study, indulge your love of world cultures and social sciences through required coursework in your first two years. By year three, begin to take classes in educational theory and social studies education. Following graduation with a B.S.Ed. at the end of your fourth year, you will continue with graduate coursework through the following Summer and Fall.


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

Undergraduate Pathway Application

To apply to this Double Dawgs degree pathway, you must first apply for and be accepted into the B.S.Ed. in Social Studies Education program .

Admitted students may then add the B.S.Ed./M.Ed. Social Studies Education Pathway in Athena during Block 1 of their program of study. Students will proceed to enroll in the graduate pathway coursework in Block 2.

Graduate Program Application

Students will apply to the Graduate School in their final undergraduate semester. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for entry into the M.Ed. Social Studies Education program.

Please follow the Graduate School’s application portal to complete the official M.Ed. Social Studies Education application. Materials necessary for your application may include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt from the Graduate School’s required entrance exam, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Deadline To Apply

  • For the Undergraduate Pathway Application, students must add the pathway in Athena prior to the end of Block 1 semester.
  • For the Graduate Program Application, students should refer to the UGA Graduate School Deadlines .

Visit the Double Dawgs website for more details.

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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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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Tuition and Financial Aid

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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