MEd in Social Studies Education
With the M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, cultivate the ways in which students conceive of their own place in history, position in the economy, impact in civic spaces, and their notions of belonging. For this program, we seek teachers who wish to continue to refine their strategies for teaching about the rich complexities of the cultural world in the 21st century.
The program consists of 36 hours of coursework culminating in a comprehensive examination. Depending on your school district, completion of this program may lead to a T-5 certification upgrade.
- Gain an advanced degree to grow in your career
- Reflect on and refine your practice as a social studies teacher
- Collaborate with faculty and other graduate students
- Customize a program of study to suit your needs
Through this program, you will have the opportunity to choose courses that speak to your unique interests as a social studies teacher. The flexibility of the program extends into scheduling as well. We offer courses in the evening and Summer to fit the availability of practicing professionals.
Your academic program as a master’s student will vary depending on your interests. Core courses provide you with an introduction to curriculum, context, and research. You will select the remainder of your courses with the guidance of your faculty advisor.
This is a 36-credit-hour degree culminating in a comprehensive examination. You will take three required courses at some point during the program that cover research, problems and curriculum in social studies education. You may determine the remaining coursework with your faculty advisor. This flexible structure ensures that our program addresses your professional focus and that your graduate studies lead to more effective classroom teaching.
Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program.
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .
Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia
The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.
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Part 2: Apply to the M.Ed. in Social Studies Education
- Must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses should be 2.8 or above on a four-point scale
When all of the Graduate School’s application materials have been received, they are reviewed by the Social Studies Education program faculty. The faculty may request additional materials from applicants before making a recommendation on the application. The faculty make a recommendation to the Department of Math, Science, and Social Studies graduate coordinator, who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The final decision on admissions is made by the Graduate School. Applicants and the department will receive notification directly from the Graduate School concerning a decision on acceptance.
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above are exempt from the entrance exam requirement.
For the section of the Graduate School application requesting three letters of recommendation, simply enter “Not Applicable” for all three in the application.
Deadline to Apply
For those interested in the M.Ed. program, please refer to the UGA Graduate School Deadlines .
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A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.
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.
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