Social Studies Education
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Social Studies Education
108 Bancroft Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3012 (fax)

Social Studies Education

About Us

The Social Studies Education program (housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies) prepares students for rewarding careers teaching social studies at the high school level. Through content courses and social studies teaching methods courses, students are prepared to teach history, government, economics, geography, psychology, sociology. Like all teacher certification programs at Winthrop, students have numerous field experiences in area schools throughout their degree program.

Winthrop offers three options for certification in social studies education: 

B.A. in Social Studies Education — This is an undergraduate degree that includes a core of social studies content courses, a core of education courses, and a concentration of eighteen additional hours in history, political science, economics, psychology, or anthropology/sociology.  

MAT- Accelerated — This is a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program designed for Winthrop graduates in social studies related fields who have a minor in Educational Studies. Students must begin this program within one year of graduating from Winthrop. Classes start in the summer and continue through the next academic year. 

MAT — This is Winthrop's traditional two year Master of Arts in Teaching program for those who have a bachelor's degree in a social studies related field but have not taken education courses leading to certification. Applicants who do not have the required content courses will be required to take these in addition to the MAT curriculum. 

Middle Level Certification Add-On — all of the above programs can add middle level (grades 6-8) certification with an additional two courses. 

All applicants to the graduate programs in social studies must pass the transcript review listed below:

  •  At least 18 hours above the 299-level in social sciences and/or history
  •  Macro and micro economics (1 or 2 courses)
  •  World or human geography (1 course) 
  •  World history survey (2 courses)
  •  US history survey (2 courses)
  •  American government (1 course)
  •  International or comparative politics (1 course)
  •  Introduction to psychology (1 course)
  •  Introduction to sociology or social policy (1 course)
  •  Historiography (recommended)

Last Updated: 8/1/19