Welcome to the home for the Social Science Education Program at the University of Central Florida. Whether you are new to social science education or seeking career advancement, UCF’s Social Science Education Program offers opportunities for students to learn at all levels: from certificates, to undergraduate, to graduate, to doctoral studies. Social science education encompasses an array of content fields, which makes for both an exciting and relevant focus for careers, study, and research. Our programs provide invaluable insight, skills, knowledge, networking, and support, in order to help you achieve your professional and academic goals. As you explore our site, we invite you to discover how the Social Science Education program and faculty uniquely blend a focus on research, theory, and practice to prepare students for successful careers as a highly qualified:

  • Social Studies Educator (6 – 12)
  • Previously Certified Elementary Educator (Pre-K – 5)
  • District Curriculum Coordinator
  • State Level Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum/Education Coordinator for Museums
  • University Faculty Member in Social Studies/Science Education

The UCF Social Science Education faculty and programs, will help you discover new possibilities for your professional growth and help you attain your professional goals and needs.

What is Social Studies/Sciences?
"Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world." - National Council for the Social Studies (1992)


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Undergraduate & Graduate Programs: Scott Waring, Ph.D.
Doctoral Program: William Russell, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator: Janet Andreasen, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Secondary Education (BS) - Social Science Education

The Secondary Education BS – Social Science Education program offers students the option of two tracks: Social Science Education – Education Track and Social Science Education – Lifelong Learning Track (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal, 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside formal, K-12 schools that do not require certification.

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The Secondary Education BS Social Science Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Social Science (6-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Undergraduate Minor

Social Science Education

The Social Science Education minor is well suited for students majoring in another secondary content area or as an area for students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies or other social science-related majors. This minor is not available to students in pending status in a College of Community Innovation and Education teacher certificate program.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching

Teacher Education (MAT) - Social Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate program was created to allow individuals who are not certified to teach
to become effective, certified teachers of secondary social science education. Graduation from this state-approved MAT includes the successful completion of a 6-hour internship, submission of a comprehensive portfolio, and passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. The Master of Arts in Teaching admits in spring and summer terms only.

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Master of Education

Secondary Education (MEd) – Social Science Education

Secondary Education MEd – Social Science Education Track is designed for professionally certified and experienced educators who want to extend their influence beyond the walls of the classroom and improve their knowledge and skills in the area of social science education. Students also engage in the development of expertise in leading other educators in curriculum and instructional improvement across subject areas and grade levels.

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Graduate Certificate

Social Science Education

The Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is for teachers who instruct students in social science content in grade levels K-12. The program is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in social science classrooms. Graduates of the K-12 Social Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in learning social science content. The focus of the K-12 Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is to provide all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in social science education.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy

Education (PhD) - Social Science Education

The Social Science Education track in the Education Ph.D. program is designed to prepare social science educators for successful careers in research and teaching. The program assists students in providing options to careers in academia, preparing social science teachers, and conducting research activities related to social science education. Doctoral students in the track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with various social science educators and social science experts. Throughout this program, expert faculty mentors students. Based on the students’ previous graduate course work, students may be required to complete additional graduate social science education (SSE) courses and/or graduate content courses beyond the minimum requirements.

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