BA/MEd History and Secondary Education in Social Studies

The 4+1 program creates a clear pathway from a major in history to becoming a social studies teacher in a way that is seamless as possible. The multi-level dual program increases career opportunities in teaching, and education more broadly, for history majors and increases the qualified students in the Secondary Education social studies education program to pursue careers in teaching that integrates history coursework with education coursework and field experiences. Through undergraduate coursework and learning experiences as history majors and graduate education coursework and community and school-based teaching experiences in the M.Ed. program in secondary education, graduates of the 4+1 program in history and social studies teaching will have a strong foundation of historical knowledge and thinking skills, an understanding of education theory and practice, and the necessary classroom experiences to thrive as beginning social studies teachers. GW alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition costs through the Grad2Grad program.

Learning Outcomes

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education has three learning goals. Students will learn effective teaching practices rooted in: (a) community engagement; (b) content expertise; (c) teacher leadership. Content Area Expertise includes a multi-faceted appreciation of one’s content area, an understanding of the resources students bring to that content area, and pedagogical techniques for helping students develop more sophisticated ways of engaging in that content. (curriculum development, assessing student learning, inquiry) Community Engagement includes preparing teachers to engage deeply with the diverse contexts and communities in which they work, developing meaningful and practical ways to connect school-based curriculum with the issues and activities that shape students’ lives, and developing the skills to foster democratic learning communities in educational settings. (diversity, community) Teacher Leadership includes developing teachers into reflective practitioners who are skilled at applying theory to practice, who effectively collaborate with educational partners, who collect and analyze data about teaching and learning, and who advocate to make positive changes in educational communities (reflective practice, collaboration)


The M.Ed. requires completion of 6 credits of US history and 12 credits of world history (as well as 27 credits of courses in other social science content areas such as geography and political science) at the undergraduate level as well as 30 graduate credit hours, which include internships, field experiences, the completion of a comprehensive exam portfolio and state licensure exams (e.g., PRAXIS). The successful completion of the M.Ed. program leads to teacher licensure in DCPS for secondary school social studies teaching. Core Requirements CPED 6340 Teacher Leadership in Education CPED 6507 Instructional Models and Classroom Management CPED 6532 Professional Internship in Middle School Education (taken twice) or CPED 6534 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (taken twice) or CPED 6532 Professional Internship in Middle School Education (taken once) or CPED 6534 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (taken once) CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development CPED 6608 Development and Diversity CPED 6339 Teachers as Researchers Social Studies Concentration Requirements CPED 6548 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools CPED 6557 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies Elective

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Application Timeline

The program requires sequential application and admission. Students first declare a major in History. It is recommended that students do this at the end of their Sophomore year. It would be useful if students at this stage in their undergraduate degree consulted the Social Studies Content Area Preparation Form to ensure all required social studies content courses (45 credit hours total with 6 in US history and 12 in world history) are completed during their undergraduate program of study. Students apply for admission to the combined program during their Junior year. At the point of entry, students submit one completed graduate application for admission to the M.Ed, following the requirement guidelines of the M.Ed. and the Combined Program Application form. Applicants will indicate they are applying for admission to the M.Ed. degree program. The field of study is Secondary Education and the concentration within the field is Social Studies. The application fee is waived for GW students.


Program Entry: Fall Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree Campus: Foggy Bottom

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Transcript demonstrating satisfactory progress in history coursework
  • Content Area Preparation Form, demonstrating completion of requirements by end of fourth year
  • Two academic/professional recommendations
  • A statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Completion of the GSEHD application form

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