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B.A. in History/M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies (Pedagogy Only)

Teacher with StudentsThis program leads to the Bachelor of Arts in History and the M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies in only five years, a full year less than if the two degrees were pursued separately. Graduates of the accelerated B.A./M.S. program will be qualified for New York State certification as social studies teachers in public and private high schools. Required credits for this accelerated degree program range from 147 to 150.

The accelerated degree is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

The Bachelor of Arts in History program covers the foundations of Western and American civilization, from the ancient world to contemporary America. As part of the program, history majors take a seminar in their sophomore year that provides training in the analysis of historical documents. In the fall semester of the senior year, majors take the “capstone” course in which they hone their research skills and produce a well-argued historical essay.

The Master of Science in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12): Social Studies program combines a comprehensive curriculum in educational theory and practice with a concentration in history that examines global history from the antiquity to the present. Along with acquiring communication skills and mastering a variety of pedagogical approaches, you will also study ways in which different generations of historians have made sense of the past, the range of subjects they chose to study, and the diverse approaches that characterize political history, social history, women’s history, and cultural studies, among others. To expand your historical knowledge you will have an opportunity to choose from a broad array of electives including: "Ancient Historians," "Birth of the American Republic," "Race, Class, and Ethnicity in American History," "Disease and History," "European Women's History," and "Modern Latin America." The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe certified teachers and interact with the teenage student population.

The combined B.A. and M.S. degree program requires the completion of 147 to 150 credits, depending on the culminating experience you choose (i.e., comprehensive exam, final project or thesis). After you complete the degree requirements set by LIU Post; satisfy the New York State Teaching Certification Requirements; and successfully pass all licensure tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach social studies to grades 7 to 12. After completion of three years of professional teaching experience, you will be eligible for Professional Teaching Certification without taking additional coursework.