Wayne State University

Master of Education

This program is designed for certified teachers who wish to enhance their professional competence in Social Studies Education or any of the individual social studies disciplines, economics, geography, history, or political science.

As a result of receiving a Master's of Education degree in Social Studies Education from Wayne State you will be better prepared to teach social studies subjects in your area(s) of certification, be a more knowledgeable person and possibly get a nice pay raise from your school district.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Education program in Social Studies Education, applicants must have:

  1. A state provisional teaching certificate;
  2. An undergraduate major or equivalent coursework in social studies or one of the single disciplines; and
  3. Students applying for a Master's Degree must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Admission to the Master of Education program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.  For additional information for the Master of Education Degree are available in the Division of Academic Services, Graduate Education Office, Room 489 Education.

Plan of Work

After you have been admitted to the Master of Education program and take 1 - 2 classes, you should meet with a social studies advisor to complete your Plan of Work. Your Plan of Work must be submitted to the Graduate Education officer for approval, prior to completion of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework. Students should not enroll in courses that have not been approved by a Social Studies advisor.

Student Teaching / Practicum / Internship

For information on Student Teaching, visit the Office of Clinical Experience

Report to Stakeholders - Master of Education (2015-16)

The Master’s program in Social Studies Education (M.Ed.) is designed for certified teachers and other professionals who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of social studies content and practices to be used in K-12 educational settings. Following the standards of social studies declared by the National Council of Social Studies, we prepare teachers to use skills, knowledge, and dispositions in order to address the diverse needs of their students, as they become competent citizens in a global society.

The Social Studies Education Program faculty have provided a series of learning outcomes that frame the students’ coursework. Program assessments have been developed to evaluate whether the outcomes are met in the Master's coursework and are used for periodic program revisions. Programmatic assessment plans are documented in the WSU’s program assessment initiative - Compliance Assist.

The following two outcomes were the focus for the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Identify and synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge across social studies areas (history, geography, civics, economics).
  • Apply educational studies research to examine and improve practice. 

Assessment data were collected from two courses in the program: TED 7000 – Introductory Master’s Seminar and ED 7999 –Master’s Thesis Project (Social Studies majors).

The two main assessments used to collect data include the following:

  1. Read articles and books from the interdisciplinary content of social studies to create an annotated bibliography (AB) for the Masters' project.
    • An AB should consist of at least 20 sources, all articles or books which have an author &
    • are published.
    • The AB should start with an introduction to your topic of 1-2 paragraphs in your own words.
    • Your sources may include these sub-sections, each started on a new page with a Section Break*-
      • Theory (published thinkers who have not gathered data)
      • Research (published data gathers)
      • Practice (other teachers who have taught it & published), and in addition perhaps
      • Teacher resources (background information, history, etc.)
      • Student resources (interesting & well researched information for students)
  2. Design, develop and present a Master's Thesis Project in the interdisciplinary areas of Social Studies.

Although 95.8% of the students achieved mastery in these two areas, the process required multiple preparation exercises and student drafts of the assignment.

The Social Studies Education faculty are committed to the continuous improvement of our program and will continue to seek ways to improve instructional delive