Degrees & Programs

Social Studies Education

Help students become active and engaged citizens. Passionate and engaged social studies educators do more than introduce their students to history, government, geography, and other social sciences. They help their students develop the critical perspective to become informed and active participants in a democratic society.

Overview

The IU School of Education offers degrees in social studies education for all stages of your career, from the new teacher to the experienced educator who wants to move into a leadership position.

Depending on your program, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience in Indiana schools, or to participate in school-based research locally, nationally, and internationally.

Degrees

The IU School of Education offers the following degrees in social studies education:

M.S.Ed. in Social Studies Education

This 36-credit hour degree program focuses on contemporary methods and issues in social studies education. You’ll take a variety of courses that explore curriculum, instruction, and research at either elementary or secondary levels, as well as classes that deepen your understanding of history, political science, sociology, and other social sciences. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a research thesis, a field-based practicum, or other course work to meet your individual needs and interests.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (18 cr.)

  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
  • E514 Workshop in Elementary Social Studies or M514 Workshop in Social Studies Education
  • E535 Elementary School Curriculum or S503 Secondary School Curriculum
  • E547 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary Schools or S519 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Secondary School Social Studies
  • M590 Independent Study in Social Studies Education or M680 Internship, Social Studies Education
  • M653 The Nature of Social Studies

Foundations (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • H504 History of American Education
  • H520 Education and Social Issues
  • H530 Philosophy of Education
  • H540 Sociology of Education
  • H560 Education and Change in Societies
  • P510 Psychology in Teaching
  • P515 Child Development
  • P516 Adolescent Development
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies

Thesis, Practicum, or Other (6 cr.)

  • X599 Master’s Thesis in Education
  • J538 M.S. Practicum/Internship
  • Other courses approved by your faculty advisor.
Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies (Social Studies Education Track)

If you’re an educator who has already completed your master’s degree, the 60-credit hour Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies prepares you to move into leadership roles in K-12 schools.

You’ll participate in independent research under the mentorship of a faculty advisor to develop new approaches to classroom management, curriculum development,and other issues. You’ll also explore cultural studies, issues in school reform, and evaluation of educational programs.

For more information, download the Curriculum Studies doctoral handbook.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam.

Inquiry Core (9 cr.)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (27 cr.)

At least three (3) credit hours must be in an inquiry linkage course. (No early inquiry experience course is required.)

Minor (9 cr.)

At least nine (9) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of social studies and social studies education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.

An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Dissertation (9 cr.)

The focus of the dissertation is on data collection and analysis for the purpose of answering practical questions in the field. Course work will include:

  • J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction (6 cr.)
Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (Social Studies Education Track)

As part of the Curriculum Studies program, the Social Studies Ph.D. Track prepares you for a career as a university researcher, a teacher educator, or a social studies specialist in governmental and nonprofit educational organizations. You’ll develop a deep understanding of a variety of theoretical perspectives, research methods, and curricular approaches, and you’ll have the chance to work in schools and research projects locally, nationally, or internationally. IU’s doctoral program in social studies has a long and distinguished tradition, and you’ll be joining a vibrant community of faculty and students who are expanding the boundaries of theory and research in social studies education.

For more information, download the Curriculum Studies doctoral handbook.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam.

Inquiry Core (9 cr. minimum)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (36 cr.)

At least six (6) credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience.

Minor (12 cr.)

At least twelve (12) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of social studies and social studies education. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.

An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (up to 27 cr.)

This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.

Dissertation (15 cr.)

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty

Our research interests include a wide range of topics, from teacher education and school reform to Western intellectual history, homeschooling and religion, and civic engagement.

  • Keith Barton, Professor, Curriculum Studies and Social Studies Education
  • Patricia Kubow, Professor and Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
  • Robert Kunzman, Professor and Associate Dean for Teacher Education
  • Terrence Mason, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Associate Vice Provost for Social Science Research
  • Leana McClain, Senior Clinical Lecturer
Careers

Career options for social studies education students run the gamut from teaching in elementary, middle, and high schools, to teaching and research at the university level, to working in government and non-profit educational organizations, including museums.

If you’re new to teaching, our education careers advisors can help you with your job search. If you’re looking for a higher education position, the sites below offer a good idea of the opportunities available to you:

Contact

For detailed program information, please contact:

Keith C. Barton, Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3140
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8058
Email: kcbarton@indiana.edu