Social Science Education (MA)


(School of Education

Program Description

The Master of Arts (MA) in social science education is an advanced degree program for social science educators and other professionals seeking to expand their knowledge, skills and professional effectiveness working in current and emerging 21st century learning environments. The program aims to promote ongoing active reflection and participation as  central principles for the development of informed citizens in a democratic society.

Candidates in this program critically examine and explore foundational and contemporary issues that shape human interaction at the local, national and global levels. Candidates aim to  become engaged as leaders and change agents; they learn to address emerging social, psychological, cultural, sociological, environmental, and educational issues. Throughout the program, creative thinking, innovative problem solving and critical inquiry are developed tools for making meaning of the social world.

In keeping with Webster University’s mission, the social science MA program aims to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. The following themes are explored in the MA social science education courses:

  • Global themes and issues in historical, modern, and contemporary societies
  • Historical trends and developments at the local, national and global levels.
  • Solving global problems, in such areas as poverty, educational disparity, prejudice and discrimination, war and violence, hunger and malnutrition, environmental degradation, and other social and human injustices.

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Learning Outcomes

Candidates in the MA social science education degree program will:

    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the specialty areas of the field as derived from the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Thematic Strands.
    • Engage in reflection, questioning and critical analysis of prevailing assumptions that have driven the conceptualization and teaching of social sciences.
    • Conceptualize, plan, implement and develop a scholarly research project or thesis that reflects original thought and practical knowledge which serves to advance the field of social science.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and reflection on transformative aspects of cultural, linguistic and other forms of diversity.

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Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required for this major. After completing at least 9 credit hours within the major, MA degree-seeking students are required to apply for Advancement to Candidacy. Please refer to the section on Advancement to Candidacy in this catalog for specific guidelines.

Students declare their emphasis areas and thesis track/non-thesis track options when they advance to candidacy.

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Emphasis: None

This emphasis provides a more open course schedule outside of the emphasis areas in History & Government and International Relations and Area Studies. In this emphasis social science education majors can select courses across the Social Science spectrum.

Course Requirements

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Discipline and Specialization Courses (9 hours) 

  • SOCS 5600 Globalization & Education: Systemic Perspectives (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5610 Interactive Explorations in History & Geography (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5840
    or EPSY 5800 Comparative Education Systems Applied Research* (3 hours)

*EPSY 5800 required for thesis (EDUC 6250)

Open Area Courses (15 hours)

Select 15 hours of coursework from the following or other relevant courses in this section of the catalog:

  • SOCS 5000 Interdisciplinary Course (May be repeated for credit when topic differs) (2-3 hours)
  • SOCS 5080 Topics in Classroom Computing (1-3 hours)
  • SOCS 5410 In-service Courses (May be repeated for credit when topic differs; with approval of advisor) (1-3 hours)
  • SOCS 5400 Issues in Education (May be repeated for credit when topic differs) (2-3 hours)
  • SOCS 5490 Seminars (May be repeated for credit when topic differs) (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5680 Historical Biography (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5740 Economics: Choices and Challenges (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5750 Special Institute (3 hours)
    (May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • Electives or approved transfer courses (6 hours)

Capstone or Thesis (3 hours)

  • SOCS Integrated Project in Social Science Education (3 hours, For Non-Thesis Track)
    or SOCS 6250 Thesis in Social Science Education (3 hours, For Thesis Track)

TOTAL: 33 hours

Emphasis in History and Government

The study of History and Government are important areas in the realm of the social sciences. Educators seeking advanced level work in this core area will find in this emphasis rigorous focus and analytical skills within these subject areas.

Course Requirements

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Discipline and Specialization Courses (9 hours)

  • SOCS 5600 Globalization & Education: Systemic Perspectives (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5610 Interactive Explorations in History & Geography (3 hours)
  • SOCS  5690 American Government
    or SOCS 5250 Topics in Economics
    or EPSY 5800 Applied Research* (3 hours)

*EPSY 5800 required for thesis (EDUC 6250)

Emphasis Area Courses (15 hours)

Select 15 hours of coursework from the following:

  • SOCS 5000 Interdisciplinary Course (3 hours)
    (When topic is pertinent to History or Government;May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • SOCS 5400 Issues in Education (2-3 hours)
    (When topic is pertinent to History or Government;May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • SOCS 5490 Seminars (1-3 hours)
    (When topic is pertinent to History or Government;May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • SOCS 5680 Historical Biography (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5740 Economics: Choices and Challenges (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5750 Special Institute (3 hours)
    (When topic is pertinent to History or Government;May be repeated for credit when topic differs)

Capstone or Thesis (3 hours)

  • SOCS 6001 Integrated Project in Social Science Education (3 hours)
    or SOCS 6250 Thesis in Social Science Education

TOTAL: 33 hours

Emphasis in International and Area Studies

The International and Area Studies emphasis in social science education provide educators with the opportunity to focus on global themes and global issues in order to increase their knowledge base. This emphasis area recognizes that relations between and among nations are important to the modern educators knowledge base.

Course Requirements

Required Courses: (9 Hours)

  • EDUC 5001 Foundations of Global Citizenship (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5461 Curriculum and Creativity (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5631 Literacies and Technology (3 hours)

Discipline and Specialization Courses (9 hours)

  • SOCS 5600 Globalization & Education: Systemic Perspectives (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5610 Interactive Explorations in History & Geography (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5265 Cultural Geography (3 hours)
    or SOCS 5840 Comparative Education Systems
  • EPSY 5800 Applied Research* (3 hours)

Emphasis Area Courses (15 hours)

Select 15 hours of coursework from the following:

  • SOCS 5000 Interdisciplinary Course (2-3 hours)
  • SOCS 5030 Contemporary World Affairs (2-hours)
    (May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • SOCS 5040 Modern Asian Civilization (3 hours)
    (May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • EDUC 5111 Classroom Application of International Experiences (3 hours)
    (May be repeated for credit when topic differs)
  • SPED 5318 Global Perspectives in Special Education (3 hours)

Capstone or Thesis (3 hours)

SOCS 6001 Integrated Project in Social Science Education (3 hours)
or SOCS 6250 Thesis in Social Science Education

TOTAL: 33 hours

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Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Essay: How will Webster's MA in Social Science Education help you accomplish your personal and professional goals in the areas of social science teaching, curriculum development or program improvement for 21st century learners?

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department

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Locations

  • Online
  • St. Louis Home Campus
 

 

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