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The Master of Arts degree in History Education (MAHE) is a new collaborative program offered by the History Department and the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Its purpose is to combine graduate study in history with professional training and certification in secondary education. A rigorous two-year program, the MAHE will better prepare History and Social Studies teachers to begin their careers on a solid intellectual and pedagogical footing, adjust to changing curricular demands, and remain engaged in their profession.
Graduates of the MAHE program should be highly competitive when they seek positions in secondary education. They will be better grounded in the study of history because of their additional year of course-work in the History Department. Graduates will also be more conversant in new approaches to teaching history, such as transnational and world history, which are central to the History department's graduate program. Graduates will develop strong identities within the discipline and ties to academic historians as part of their teacher-training program.
During their first year in the program, students will take courses alongside other students in the History Department's graduate program. In their second year, they will enroll in courses in the School of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Professional Year (PY) programs.
Successful completion of this degree will testify to two important accomplishments. First is that the graduate has acquired the expertise in History required of a traditional Master of Arts in History. Second, the graduate will have earned the Instructional I certification in Secondary Social Studies Education, which is required to teach History and/or the Social Studies in Pennsylvania public schools. In addition to the prescribed academic course work, in order to receive a MAHE degree, students must pass the PRAXIS I General Knowledge test as a condition of admission to the program as well as the PRAXIS II Content Knowledge test (normally during the second summer of their program) in order to obtain the Internship Certificate. The MAHE program also provides stipends from school districts where the internship takes place after the receipt of the Intern Certificate. Internships involve a maximum 4.5 days per week in a local school district from September through June of a student's second year in the program.