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Secondary Education, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.): Social Studies Area of Concentration

The goal of the University of Maryland Social Studies Secondary Education program is to develop aspiring 7th-12th grade teachers who successfully:

  • Help students became informed and engaged citizens by thinking critically about history, government and other social sciences.
  • Use research-based practices to develop student-centered lesson plans, implement thoughtful instruction and accurately assess student knowledge.
  • Meet the needs of all leaners in a diverse and multicultural school setting.

Once admitted to the program, students are working towards certification in Social Studies Education by double majoring in education and their disciplinary focus of study. The focus areas include: History (US or World); Government; Geography.

    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:

    Academic Requirements

    • 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)

    Gateway Courses

    • 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.

    Experiential Requirements

    • 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.

     Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or 301-405-2364.

    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.

    Our Advisors:

    • 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:

    Program Requirements and Major Four Year Plans

    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 (

    Magdalena Gross, Social Studies Education Assistant Professor (

    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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