Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education

  1. Master of Education
  2. M.Ed. Handbook (PDF)
  3. M.Ed. Portfolio Guidelines(PDF)
  4. Chemistry
    1. Teacher Leadership Track
  5. Elementary Education
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  6. ESL
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  7. French
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  8. Higher Education
    1. M.Ed in Higher Education
  9. Instructional Technology
    1. Teacher Leadership Track
  10. Mathematics
    1. Teacher Leadership Track
  11. Middle Grades Education
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  12. Reading Education
    1. Teacher Leadership Track
    2. Reading Add-On Licensure
  13. Social Studies
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  14. Spanish
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track
  15. Science
    1. Classroom Practice Track
    2. Teacher Leadership Track

Social Studies

Teacher Leadership Track

Designed for:

Students with an undergraduate degree in one of the seven core social studies disciplines (history, economics, political science, geography, psychology, anthropology or sociology) or social studies education and initial licensure for social studies. 

Program Description:

The Master of Education (Teacher Leadership Track) can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.  The program is oriented toward improving results in teaching practice, as well as gaining critical knowledge, skills, and dispositions in action research, professional development, leadership, and working successfully with diverse learners in schools. The program enhances social studies teaching capacity by providing advanced knowledge of social studies content, methods, and assessments for high school settings with diverse student populations. The program is aligned with the North Carolina Advanced Competencies and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  A culminating portfolio based on these sets of standards is required. 

Program Outcomes:

The program outcomes for candidates completing the TLT M.Ed. with a Social Studies Concentration are:

  • Enhance the development of social studies teaching through participation in a  planned curriculum resulting in the M.Ed. degree with M licensure in secondary social studies.
  • Obtain multi-disciplinary exposure by completing coursework in any of the following disciplines (to include options in multicultural and global education): anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • Critically evaluate the historical and contemporary conceptualizations of secondary social studies.
Engage in relevant social education research.


Program Goals:

The program goals for the TLT M.Ed. (Social Studies Concentration) are to: 

  • Help candidates develop expert knowledge in social studies education.
  • Help candidates understand the social, political, cultural, geographical, economical, and historical forces operating in society and their impact on citizenship education.
  • Stimulate sensitivity to the differing environments, customs, and values which condition the behavior of individuals, groups, and societies.
  • Encourage collaboration between teacher education and discipline-based faculty in program planning and implementation.


Application Process:

  • Applicants can obtain an application from the Graduate School.
  • Two official transcripts are required from every college and university previously attended. 
  • Three recommendations are also required, and should be submitted in sealed envelopes to the Graduate School . 
  • Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit their test scores to the Graduate School . 
  • Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a copy of an updated resume with their application. 
  • A Residency Statement is required for applicants claiming North Carolina residency. 


  • Bachelor's degree in one of the core social studies disciplines (history, economics, political science, geography, psychology, sociology, anthropology), or social studies education
  • Initial licensure for social studies (9-12)
  • Two years teaching experience


Core: (9 hours)

  • TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning & Developmental Theory
  • TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners
  • ERM 605 (3) Educational Measurement & Evaluation or ERM 604 (3) Methods of Educational Research

Pedagogical Expertise: (18 hours)

  • TED 622   (3)   Differentiated Instruction
  • TED 631   (3)   Trends in Teaching Practices and Curriculum in Secondary School Social Studies
  • Plus 12 hrs content courses, to include options in multicultural education and global education 

Professional Development/Leadership: (12 hours)

  • TED 628 (3) Trends & Issues in Curriculum & Instruction or ELC 697 (3) Selected Critical Issues in American Education or approved substitute
  • TED 656 (3) Teacher As Leader
  • TED 675 (3) Teacher As Researcher
  • Plus 3 hrs elective

Licensure Process:

  • Completion of Program of Study
  • Successful completion of Advanced Competencies Portfolio
  • Application for licensure through UNCG Licensure Officer

Contact Person:

Wayne Journell, Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator
Curry Building, Room 103A



Page updated: 13-Aug-2009

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