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Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Studies


The Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies, with a concentration in history, is a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching social studies in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of History and the Professional Education Program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Degree Program

The degree program consists of 44 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

HISTORY - 15 credits

CEG 523/HIS 500 Historiography

Plus 12 credits selected from the following courses:
CEG 516 Early Modern Europe Seminar
CEG 517 Modern Latin America
CEG 522 US History since the Civil War
CEG 524 Late Modern Europe Seminar
CEG 532 US History and Civil War Seminar (formerly US History to Civil War)
CEG 534 Modern African/Asian History Seminar (formerly Topics Seminar: Africa or Topics Seminar: Asia)
CEJ 501 Traditional China: Culture & Society
CEJ 502 Modern China: Culture & Society
CEG 538 - United States History since 1945
CEG 555 - Gender in Modern Global History


CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEE 565 Human Development (formerly PSY 595)
CEE 577 Teaching Social Studies (corequisite CEF 548)
CEE 578 Social Studies Strategies (prerequisite CEE 577; corequisite CEF 549)
CEE 580 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEQ 581 & 582)
CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (formerly LIN 544)
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
CEF 548 Field Experience I — Grades 7-9 (one-credit; corequisite CEE 577)
CEF 549 Field Experience II — Grades 10-12 (one-credit; corequisite CEE 578)


CEQ 581 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Social Studies (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEE 580 & CEQ 582)
CEQ 582 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Social Studies (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEE 580 & CEQ 581 )


Students will be required to complete a four-week social studies teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.

Students in the MAT program must also satisfy the following required areas of study. These requirements may be met by either the graduate courses taken towards the MAT degree or by undergraduate coursework taken prior to or after commencement of graduate study. Equivalent undergraduate courses will normally be accepted. In addition, a cluster of undergraduate courses may be accepted as evidence of satisfaction of individual standards. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. However, the student will bear the burden of proof of showing that such coursework does provide a broad introductory knowledge of each of the individual areas of study below.

  1. US History to Civil War
  2. US History since Civil War
  3. Western Civilization or European history survey
  4. Latin America – survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
  5. Asia - survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
  6. Africa - survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
  7. Principles of Economics
  8. Human Geography
  9. The Culture Concept in Theory or History. May be satisfied by courses in cultural anthropology or by courses dealing with cultural differences and cultural conflicts in the contemporary world.
  10.  American Government and Politics
  11.  Science, Technology and Society (required of undergraduate BA/MAT students only)

Important Note: The History Department does not offer graduate courses that satisfy requirements in areas 7-11. These requirements will have to be satisfied through undergraduate courses.

In addition, all students must achieve a minimum grade of B in all pedagogy courses. 


Teacher Certification

Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 36 credits in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This course of study should be substantially the equivalent to that of a Stony Brook undergraduate degree program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

Teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)
  • Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse 

See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

All students will have to complete the   Educating All Students Test   and the  revised CST (Content Specialty Test)   in the area of the Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at  to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the   edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio)   in their content field.  Please check with your program director for specific requirements.

Tuition and Financial Information

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fee information can be found on the  Bursar's website.

Payment Plan
Stony Brook recognizes the need for helping students manage the expenses of higher education. To this end, the University offers a Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP), a program that allows students to make equal and consecutive payments throughout the year.

Financial Aid
For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the  Financial Aid website.  


This program is offered through the School of Professional Development (SPD). Visit SPD for admissions information and an application link.

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Contact Information

Charles G. Backfish, Director      
S-653 Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Stony Brook University 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348 
Tel.: 631-632-1093 

For application procedure questions, please contact:

MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Phone: (631) 632-7050
Fax: ( 631) 982-7311