Education: Social Science (MAEd)

Award: Master of Arts in Education
Program of Study: Social Sciences
Program Code: 8271

About This Major . . .

The Master of Arts in Education, Social Sciences is a 33 credit hour program. This program is designed for high school teachers who need certification to teach history and political science courses for lower-division college level credit.

Important information for this program:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required, prior to beginning the program.
  • A fully completed application including official transcripts is required prior to beginning the program.
  • Acceptance into the Social Sciences graduate certificate program.
  • 33 semester hours and capstone presentation are required for the Master of Arts in Education Degree in Social Sciences.
  • It is recommended that students work closely with a faculty advisor when selecting courses and scheduling classes prior to registration.

As a component of this program, students will earn an Graduate Certificate in Social Science prior to beginning coursework specific to the Master of Arts in Education in Social Science degree. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Science, graduates will be able to:

  1. Contribute to scholarly advancement in the chosen field by completing projects individually and collaboratively (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  2. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline-specific theories and methods, for specified audiences (communication fluency);
  3. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives (critical thinking);
  4. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources (information literacy); and
  5. Evaluate moral, ethical, legal, or professional challenges within the discipline (ethical reasoning).

All CMU masters-level graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, information literacy, and ethical reasoning. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, a graduate of this program will be able to:

  1. Create and deliver oral and written communication based on sound educational theory and research for public education. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Evaluate and formulate education plans based on research, current issues, and public education stakeholders. (Critical Thinking and Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Synthesize, evaluate, and refine information from an information base of scholarly resources. (Information Literacy)
  4. Evaluate and articulate responses to moral, ethical, legal, and professional challenges for instruction. (Ethical Reasoning)
  5. Employ statistically valid processes to analyze assessment data to evaluate student learning with respect to district, state, and federal goals. (Quantitative Fluency)
  6. Work individually and collaboratively on research based change and innovation in education. (Specialized Knowledge and Applied Learning).

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Graduate Degree Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU graduate-level degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Graduate certificates consist of a minimum of 5 credit hours.  Master’s degrees consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Doctoral degrees consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • All credits in a graduate program must be minimally at the 500-level.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • Students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • Students may not apply coursework with a grade lower than a “B” toward graduation requirements.  
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Graduate Degree Requirements” in this catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.
  • All policies for graduate degrees are outlined in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual, Capstone Guidelines Manual, and Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines Manual, all of which are provided on the Graduate Studies website

Program Specific Requirements

(33 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “B” or better)

  • 33 semester hours and capstone presentation are required for the Master of Arts in Education Degree in Social Sciences.
  • It is recommended that students work closely with a faculty advisor when selecting courses and scheduling classes prior to registration.
Required Courses
HIST 501Early American History: Foundation - Civil War3
HIST 502Late American History: Civil War - Modern U.S.3
HIST 510Early European History: Ancient - Reformation3
HIST 511Modern European History: Reformation - 20th Century3
POLS 501Theories of Political Science3
POLS 505American Government3
Master of Arts in Education Core Courses
EDUC 500Culture and Pedagogy3
EDUC 501Educational Technology2
EDUC 502Theory, Design & Assessment of Curriculum3
EDUC 503Introduction to Educational Research and Design3
EDTL 513Information Based Educational Practice and Statistics3
EDUC 600Master's in Education Capstone1
Total Semester Credit Hours33
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterSemester Credit Hours
EDUC 502 Theory, Design & Assessment of Curriculum 3
HIST 501 Early American History: Foundation - Civil War 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fall Semester
EDUC 501 Educational Technology 2
HIST 502 Late American History: Civil War - Modern U.S. 3
 Semester Credit Hours5
Spring Semester
EDTL 513 Information Based Educational Practice and Statistics 3
HIST 510 Early European History: Ancient - Reformation 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Second Year
Summer Semester
EDUC 500 Culture and Pedagogy 3
EDUC 503 Introduction to Educational Research and Design 3
HIST 511 Modern European History: Reformation - 20th Century 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Fall Semester
EDUC 600 Master's in Education Capstone 1
POLS 501 Theories of Political Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours4
Spring Semester
POLS 505 American Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours33

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If your petition for graduation is denied, it will be your responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. Your “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.