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 Master of Education: Social Studies 



The Department of Secondary Education/ Foundations of Education offers two master of education degree tracks in Secondary Social Studies Teaching: (1) Basic and (2) Advanced. 

The Basic Teaching Track in Secondary  Social Studies is a degree designed for individuals who possess a bachelor's degree and appropriate coursework for social studies. Successful completion of the program will lead to a master's degree and can lead to state certification. It is anticipated that students would complete the 36-semester hour program in one calendar year of full-time study, beginning with the Summer Pre-Session.  However, students may begin the program during the fall or spring and attend part-or full-time. Students will be admitted to the program if they have: (1) an appropriate undergraduate course background and (2) an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 or greater. Students with course deficiencies may be admitted to the program but will be required to remedy any deficiencies before participation in graduate-level student teaching. For more information about the program contact Dr. Mark Mraz by calling (724) 738-2288. 

The Advanced Teaching Track in Social Studies Teaching is a Master of Education degree for individuals who already possess teacher certification in Social Studies. In addition to core courses, these certified teachers will concentrate on individual professional development by electing 12 semester hours of coursework from the areas of History, foundations of education, instructional technology, or counseling. The GPA requirement for this program is 3.00 or greater. For more information about either program contact Dr. Mark Mraz by calling (724) 738-2288. 

For admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET



Basic Track: To be considered for unconditional admission to the basic track, all applicants must have a minimum of a bachelors degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited institution of higher education. Students who provide evidence of meeting outcomes in educational measurement and special education (Slippery Rock University's SEFE 338, Standard-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusion Classroom and SPED121, High Incidence Disabilities) will not have to take these courses in addition to the graduate program. Although the vast majority of accepted students exceed the minimum GPA and standardized test score requirements, students not meeting all these criteria may be considered for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students, however, must meet all of the prescribed program requirements before conferral of degree candidacy. 

Advanced Track: To be considered for unconditional admission to the advanced track,  all applicants must have a minimum of a bachelors degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited institution of higher education and submit a copy of their teaching certificate.


There are four steps to completing a master's degree at Slippery Rock University. Students must: 

  1. obtain unconditional admission status, 
  2. pass appropriate comprehensive examination, 
  3. complete research requirements, 
  4. complete requisite credit hours.

Note: All required sections of the Praxis II  must be completed and passed prior to enrollment in Seminar and Supervised Student Teaching. 

Upon completion of these four steps, the student will be required to apply for graduation before the end of the semester in which he or she wishes to graduate. See the Graduate Catalog for further information. 



Should you have any further questions regarding the social studies certification program, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Jeffrey Lehman by calling (724) 738-2311. Application and procedural questions should be directed to the director of Graduate Admissions by phoning (724) 738-2051 or by writing: 

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Jeffrey Lehman
Slippery Rock University
006A McKay Education Building
Slippery Rock University 
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

For more information please send mail to:

Master of Education in Secondary Education - Social Studies

Contact: Edwin P. Christmann, Ph.D.
Phone: 724-738-2319

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