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Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education M.Ed.

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 program teach social studies at all grade levels.



Core: 12 hours

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

Concentration: 21-24 hours

Culminating Experience: 0-3 hours

  • Thesis: EDUC 5980
  • Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972

Visit the Course Catalog for course descriptions

Kristy Brugar giving a lecture

Students in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Master's Program take courses in:

  • Teaching and Learning,
  • Cultural Diversity,
  • Research Methodology, and
  • the Specialization Areas in which they are admitted.

The master's degree requires completion of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework.  Approximately 15 hours of coursework are taken as part of the course instructional requirement.  The remaining credit hours will be completed in the specialty area.  All students must successfully complete a thesis, project, or comprehensive examination.

The thesis option requires a written paper and oral defense as fulfillment of the final evaluation.  The project will require a written paper that will be a descriptive problem related to the individual's professional field.  Projects willl be evaluated by the area faculty.  Comprehensive examination questions will be determined and evaluated by area faculty.

Applicants for programs leading to the Master of Education degree in the Department of Instructional Leadership must present the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science in any discipline as conferred by the University of Oklahoma or the equivalent, and meet all the prerequisites for graduate courses.

Prospective students are encouraged to seek additional information by contacting the college graduate programs officer, Mike Jenkins, ( or the department chair, Dr. Kristy Brugar (

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