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
This program seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- 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.
The School of Education uses the term “candidate” to distinguish university students from the K-12 students with whom they work.
Degree at a Glance
|Final Program Requirements||3|
|Total Semester Hours||45|
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.
|EDUC502||Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 1||3|
|EDUC560||Special Education Topics||3|
|EDUC636||Effective Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom||3|
|EDUC650||21st Century Teaching and Learning||3|
|Total Semester Hours||15|
Required as the first course in the program but may be taken concurrently with another course.
Major Requirements (27 semester hours)
|EDUC500||Philosophy of Education||3|
|EDUC512||Diversity and Communication in Education||3|
|EDUC526||Secondary Teaching Strategies||3|
|EDUC543||Issues, Methods, and Materials in Teaching Social Studies||3|
|EDUC546||Social Studies Curriculum Development (Prerequisite: EDUC543 - Issues, Methods, and Materials in Teaching Social Studies)||3|
|EDUC548||Content Area Literacy||3|
|Select 1 16-week 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|
|Web 2.0 Technology Integration|
|Personalized and Individualized Online Learning|
|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|
|History of American Women|
|Comparative Political Systems|
|Total Semester Hours||27|
Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)
There are no elective requirements for this program.
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|EDUC698||Capstone: Action Research 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
Taken once all other requirements have been met.