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.

    For information on undergraduate admission to the University, click here.

    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.

    For a list of the College of Education Scholarship opportunities, click here.    

    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 (