Online Master of Education (MEd) with a Concentration in Secondary Social Studies Education
The MEd with a Concentration in Secondary Social Studies Education is an online professional degree in Instruction & Learning for the graduate student who wishes to pursue advanced study in the field. This online MEd is designed specifically for secondary (grades 7-12) teachers who are not graduates of the University of Pittsburgh Master of Arts (MAT) program, and the course menu has been adjusted to give students opportunities to delve deeply into research, theory, and practice in social studies education in an online format. All applicants for this program must hold an Instructional I teaching certificate prior to admission.
Courses in the Online Social Studies Master of Education (MEd) Program are taught by School of Education faculty, many of whom are recognized as leaders in their fields of expertise. Mirroring the traditional face-to-face course format, the structure for the online social studies MEd is divided into six distinct academic areas: 1. Social Studies-specific Pedagogy; 2. Psychological Perspectives on Education; 3. Social and Cultural Perspectives on Education; 4. Research Seminar; 5. Research Methods; and 6. Electives. Each area is made up of content, knowledge, and skills critical to the development of graduate-level practitioners and scholars. The program requires a minimum of 36 credits for completion. Degree requirements include:
- 15 online credits (5 courses) in Social Studies-specific Pedagogy;
- 3 online credits (1 course) in Psychological Perspectives on Education;
- 3 online credits (1 course) in Social and Cultural Perspectives on Education;
- 3 online credits (1 course) in MEd Research Seminar;
- 3 online credits (1 course) in MEd Research Methods;
- 9 online credits (3 courses) in approved electives; and
- a written comprehensive exam.