The Master of Education in Teaching: Non-Licensure Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program is ideal if you possess a history or social studies bachelor’s degree and now wish to acquire the knowledge to teach secondary students to understand the political, geographic, economic, and social world. This non-licensure master's program will not lead to eligibility for teaching certification, and is intended for those who do not have and/or are not seeking any teacher licensure.

This master’s program is aligned with West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS), national content standards for secondary social studies, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply the central concepts, tools of inquiry, structures, contemporary theories, and paradigms in education that develop a classroom climate to enhance the social, emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of students.
  • Create lesson segments that reflect theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing when interacting with pupils, parents, teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Design performance-based assessments, instruction, evaluation, and intervention plans.
  • Use media and technology as tools for professional development and to promote student learning.
  • Adjust teaching style and strategies without influence of bias to meet the needs of students regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, gender, learning style, at-risk condition, and/or disability.
  • Model professionalism and high ethical standards in the classroom and develop appropriate strategies for self-evaluation as a means of assessing one’s own professionalism and teaching effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in classroom management and discipline using effective means to develop and maintain a positive classroom climate.

Candidates in this program must be physically located in proximity to a school district where the right to conduct on site observations will be allowed.

Any background check requirements, including fees, for the selected schools district are the student's responsibility.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements15
Major Requirements27
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours45

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

Students receiving financial aid may be required to enroll in six (6) semester hours to maintain full time status, but the courses may be taken back to back in the semester rather than concurrently.

EDUC502Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 13
EDUC518Educational Psychology3
EDUC560Special Education Topics3
EDUC636Effective Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom3
EDUC65021st Century Teaching and Learning3
Total Semester Hours15

Major Requirements (27 semester hours)

EDUC500Philosophy of Education3
EDUC512Diversity and Communication in Education3
EDUC525Classroom Management3
EDUC526Secondary Teaching Strategies3
EDUC543Issues, Methods, and Materials in Teaching Social Studies3
EDUC546Social Studies Curriculum Development3
EDUC548Content Area Literacy3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Online Learning for the Adult and the K-16 Learner
Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning
Online Learning and Student Achievement
Assessment of Online Learning
Instructional Design in Online Learning
Personalized and Individualized Online Learning
Online Teaching Technology Integration
Research Methods in Education
Select 1 course from the following:3
West Virginia History and Culture
Renaissance and Reformation
History of the Enlightenment
The American Revolution in Context
The Civil War: Seminal Event in American History
The United States in the 20th Century
U.S. Constitutional History
History and Popular Culture
The Great Revolutions
History of Science
America's Indian Wars
African-American History
History of American Women
The Renaissance
Comparative Political Systems
Total Semester Hours27

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no elective requirements for this program.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EDUC698Capstone: Action Research 13
Total Semester Hours3