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Master’s of Science (MSEd) in Social Studies Education

All master degree students in social studies education submit either a thesis or exit portfolio. Although the demands for an exit portfolio are not as rigorous as those for a thesis, students work with their committees to select topics and formats for their portfolios and are supported by the committee as the portfolio is created. Students will use these portfolios or their theses to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the social studies graduate proficiencies. Possible ways in which this may happen are listed in the table below. However, the list is not and should not be considered exhaustive.

1. Synthesize Knowledge (Select at least one representative artifact)

  • Present a review of the literature on a current or historical topic in social studies education.
  • Develop an advance organizer for a unit that represents a social science discipline.
  • Develop a problem-based learning unit outline based on an appropriate social studies topic.
  • Conduct research as part of a social studies education course.
  • Demonstrate the application of social studies education research in classroom teaching.

2. Create Knowledge (Select at least one representative artifact)

  • Conduct a mini-research project or independent study project with a research group or a member of student’s committee.
  • Conduct research as part of a social studies education course.
  • Redesign a course to incorporate current research, theory, and/or best practice in social studies education.

3. Communicate Knowledge (Select at least one representative artifact)

  • Develop and submit a draft research abstract or ERIC Digest manuscript.
  • Prepare a journal-quality manuscript on a current or historical topic in social studies education.
  • Present at one state, regional, national, or international meeting.

4. Think Critically and Reflectively (Select at least one representative artifact)

  • Prepare a critical and reflective paper that takes a position on controversial issues in social studies education.
  • Develop the reflective statement for a professional portfolio.
  • Develop a critique of an appropriate research study in social studies education
  • Conduct a detailed review of a book that contributes to the knowledge base in social studies education.

5. Engage in Professional Development (Select at least one representative artifact) (Certified by student’s Masters Committee)

  • Participate in K-12 or higher education workshops on a social studies topic
  • Develop a short- and long-term professional growth plan
  • Complete and defend a Master’s Thesis
  • Prepare a professional portfolio that highlights professional development throughout the Master’s program

6. Participate Actively in Their Profession (Select at least one representative artifact) (Certified by student’s Masters Committee)

  • Develop and conduct K-12 or higher education workshops
  • Present at professional meetings related to your discipline
  • Participate in events in events organized by nationally prominent organizations such as The National Center for Civic Education, The Geographic Alliance, The National Council on Economic Education, The Social Studies Development Center and the International Society for History Didactics. Such events include, but are not limited to: Project Citizen, We the People? Fed Challenge, Geography Bee, History Fairs .
  • Participate actively in the profession through local, state, and national organizations and professional meetings