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The Social Studies Education graduate program at the University of Oklahoma prepares students to expand their teaching and scholarly abilities at a variety of levels, from PK-12 classrooms through higher education. Designed to build on the experiences of PK-12 social studies teachers, the program explores ways to utilize history, geography, sociology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, economics and political science to prepare students for responsible citizenship in a diverse and democratic society. The program also accommodates adult learners seeking social studies teacher certification and experienced practitioners interested in teaching college-level social studies. Recent graduates of our master’s and doctoral programs teach social studies at all grade levels, including PK-12 classrooms, local colleges and universities, and national institutions of higher education.

Core: 12 hours

  • Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           
  • Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           
  • Research (6 hours)

 

Concentration: 21-24 hours

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education
  3. English Education
  4. Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Reading Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Secondary Education
  9. Social Studies Education
  10. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,Mathematics) Education

 

Culminating Experience: 0-3 hours

Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972  

 

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Core: 24 hours (minimum)

  • ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
         (Offered in fall, enrollment is restricted to doctoral students)
  • ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (3 hours)
        (Offered in spring, enrollment is restricted to doctoral students)
  • ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory (3 hours)
  • ILAC 5233 Understanding Different Cultures  (3 hours)
  • Research Methodologies (12 hours (minimum))

Concentration: 36 hours (minimum)

The concentration focuses on specializations within the field of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  Studies undertaken shape the thematic issues in the students' programs, with either a broad Instructional Leadership emphasis or a specific program area emphasis.  The following are ILAC concentrations:

  1. Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education           
  3. English Education                       
  4. Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)           
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Reading Education
  7. Science Education
  8. Secondary Education
  9. Social Studies Education

Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines. 

The Instructional Leadership specialization includes a minimum of 9 hours in ILAC taken after the master’s degree (not including dissertations hours) and remaining hours taken in related educational areas. 

Requirements and distribution of hours are specified by each program area (see program advisor).  For all concentrations, courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.  Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee.

 

Electives: 12 hours (maximum)

Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories.  Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee. 

 

Dissertation: 9-18 hours

Additional hours beyond the maximum 18 may be taken but will not be included as part of the 90-hour program.

 

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

 

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