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Did you know the demand for secondary teachers is growing and will continue to grow by 15 percent over the next decade? Now is a great time to become a Social Studies teacher!
As a secondary Social Studies teacher (grades 7-12), you will help young people:
Learn to read and evaluate sources carefully and sharpen their skills to discern truth from falsehood
Seek multiple perspectives and build reasoned arguments about what to believe
Question simple narratives and listen for missing or misrepresented perspectives
Engage in civil, evidence-based discourse on critical issues
Why should you seek certification in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Maryland?
The Secondary Education Social Studies Area of Concentration program offers students a cutting-edge teacher preparation experience. Our program allows you students to gain critical knowledge and skills to become an effective teacher in our diverse and multicultural society.
Once admitted to the program, you will:
Learn a social justice-oriented approach to teaching social studies and supporting all students to succeed
Practice making social studies content and skills relevant, engaging, and transformative for students.
Learn alongside a range of experts in social studies education, including College of Education faculty, university supervisors, and mentor teachers
Work closely over the course of an academic year with an excellent history, government, or economics teacher at one of our partner schools
We have two pathways for you to become a Social Studies teacher
The undergraduate pathway is designed for incoming freshmen, transfer students and current UMD students who are looking to either change majors or to add a fifth year to their undergraduate experience and earn a Master's in Education degree.
The graduate pathway is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in a related discipline. This "Master's Certification" pathway leads to a Master's in Education degree and a license to teach in Maryland--and can be completed in one year.
Learn more about both pathways.
Undergraduate admission information
Once admitted to the University, students in the College of Education must meet the Selective Admissions requirements in order to proceed into the Professional portion of the Social Studies Education program. The Selective Admissions requirements for the Social Studies Education program are as follows:
- Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
- Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
- Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C-” or better
- Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C-” or better
- Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)
- Satisfactory completion of EDCI 410 with a “B-” or better
- Satisfactory completion of the upper-level content area courses. Consult Advisor for content area GPA requirement.
- Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
- A written goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
- Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies
STEP ONE: Apply for undergraduate admission to the University.
Once admitted to the University, proceed to Step Two.
STEP TWO: Please submit your application to the Professional Teacher Education Program online using this site.
Academic advising is an essential part of your academic experience at UM. Academic advisors help you understand the academic requirements and curricular offerings in the College of Education. They assist you to realistically evaluate your academic progress and its relationship to successful planning. Advisors also inform you about different campus resources and services that will help you to make the most of your experience while at the University of Maryland.
Advising is mandatory for all students in the College of Education. Depending upon your major and your academic standing in the College, you will be assigned an advisor from within the Office of Student Services (Room 1204, Benjamin). All students are required to make advising appointments no more than 2 weeks before your scheduled registration date.
- Janis Cornell-DeMoss, Director of Student Services
Advises: Students on Academic Probation/Dismissal, Dean's Level Exceptions to Policy.
- Jessica Chew, Academic Advisor
Students will work closely with faculty, mentors and peers to observe, analyze and reflect on instruction. This will occur in methods courses, seminars and during the course of a yearlong internship experience. The undergraduate internship experience is broken into two parts:
- Fall Senior Year: 1 day a week placement with an experienced mentor at two area schools (one middle and one high school experience) where the intern has the opportunity to observe, reflect and participate in classroom activities.
- Spring Senior Year: 5 day a week full-time placement where the intern will take on full responsibilities of a classroom teacher including planning, instruction and assessment of students with the support of a veteran mentor teacher, supervisor and program coordinator.
Specific information on requirements for each double major option can be found on the following pages:
- Secondary Social Sciences Education / History Double Major
- Secondary Social Sciences Education / Government Double Major
- Secondary Social Sciences Education / Geography Double Major
If you would like additional information about the Secondary Social Studies Education program, or help in determining if the program is a good fit for your interests and skills, please reach out to:
Alison Jovanovic, Social Studies PDS Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As a current or aspiring social studies educator, we welcome you to familiarize yourself with innovative social studies education resources developed by our faculty. Learn about the Difficult History Project at the link below to see an example of how primary sources can serve as a focal point for teaching about slavery in Maryland.
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