M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies TH3

The core program leads a NYS Certification in Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in social studies (initial + professional).

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the TH3 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional NYS extension to teach social studies in grades 5-6 [NH3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach social studies in grades 5-6
  • Additional NYS certification for Teaching Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12 [DH6] (9+ Additional Credits)
  • Teaching Students w/ disabilities in Adolescence (grades 7-12) as generalist (initial + professional)
  • Teaching students w/disabilities (grades 7-12), subject extension in social studies
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional NYS certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grades K-12 [NT1] (7+ Additional Credits)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12) (initial + professional)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 39 credits. The detailed M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies TH3 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies TH3

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Pedagogical Core   
ED400 Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 1
ED400A Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 2
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED447 Disability and Schools

Literacy Requirement   
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDE476 Teaching English Learners in Content Classrooms

Specialization Courses   
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
EDU432 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies
EDU462 Implementing Innovation in Social Studies Education

Choose EDU499 or other technology course.
EDU499 Integrating Social Studies and Technology


Choose electives for a total of 3 credits. Courses include but are not limited to:
ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
ED451 Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
EDE484A Digitally-Rich Teaching and Learning in K-12 Schools
EDE446 Introduction to Urban Education
ED440 Urban Teaching & Leadership Seminar 1A
ED441 Urban Teaching and Leadership Seminar 1B
ED480 Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism

EDF416H Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Social Studies)
or EDF417H Field Experiences in Inclusive Secondary School Settings (Social Studies)
EDF418H Student Teaching in Secondary Schools A (Social Studies)
or EDF419H Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings A (Social Studies)
EDF420H Student Teaching in Secondary Schools B (Social Studies)
or EDF421H Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings B (Social Studies)


1. This set of courses and internships is required for anyone who wants to obtain NYS teacher certification to teach social studies in grades 7-12, and must be completed before a degree is issued by Warner and you can obtain any of the additional NYS certifications, NYS extensions or Warner certificates identified later in this program of study form.

2. Candidates for teaching social studies are required by the State of New York to pass Content Specialty Tests (CST). Content Specialty Tests are a component of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). The Warner School requires that degree candidates achieve a passing score on relevant CSTs before beginning their student teaching practica (not the Field Experience). The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies may waive these requirements after consultation with the Program Director and Chair of Teaching and Curriculum. ( This is a rare occurrence.)

3. Candidates interested in pursuing one of the Optional Enhancements should choose their electives strategically so as to reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet all the requirements of their chosen enhancement. However, the 6 credits for extension to grades 5-6 need to be taken in addition to the electives.

4. If you also choose to pursue certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, you must complete all the internships in inclusive settings (i.e., select EDF417H, EDF419H and EDF421H).

5. One of the social studies methods courses can be used to meet the first specialization requirement for the Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools, and EDU499 - Integrating Social Studies and Technology can be used to meet the second specialization requirement.

5. Students interested in adding the UT1 certificate need to take Introduction to Urban Education in Summer A prior to student teaching, and the two UT1 seminars concurrent with their field experiences/student teaching.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Portfolio (Teacher Candidates Comprehensive Portfolio)
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • NYS Exam - Educating all Students (EAS)
  • NYS Exam - edTPA (Passed in first subject area) (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)
  • Language Prerequisite (a minimum of 1 college-level course in a language other than English, or equivalent)
  • Content Prerequisite 30 credits of coursework in social studies, including at least 21 credits in history and geography of US and the world as well as some background in economics and government (attach a completed Admissions Transcript Review Form: https://www.warner.rochester.edu/admissions/contentprep)