Coursework

Master of Arts in Teaching History and Social Science

Department of Learning and Teaching

Please note that this program is not accepting applications for admission. Students interested in becoming history or social science teachers should consider the Master's Credential Cohort program.

Program of Study

Overview

M.A.T. students complete graduate coursework in both the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study includes 30 units of coursework. Students who choose to add the Preliminary Single Subject Credential to their course of study will add additional coursework (including student teaching) beyond the 30 required units.

International Experience

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.

For many students, this experience will include a one- to two-week, faculty-led course abroad. For students who prefer to stay in southern California, this experience may be fulfilled through research or coursework on international issues. Service trips and site visits across the border in Tijuana are offered regularly.

Learning and Teaching courses with an international component include:

  • Educational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2013)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2012)
  • Exploring the Underground Railroad (Summer 2012)

Curriculum

Foundations of Education: Research (6 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology
3
EDUC 580 Master's Thesis Seminar
3

Foundations of Education: Psychological Foundations (3 units)

Choose one course of these two:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning
3
EDUC 513 Human Development
3

Electives in Education (6 units)

Choose two courses:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 511 Educational Reform
3
EDUC 512 Measurement & Evaluation in Educational Settings
3
EDUC 535 Assessment and Curriculum Design
3
EDUC 536 Curriculum Innovations
3
EDUC 538 Instructional Theories & Practices
3
EDUC 597 The Struggles for Educational Equity
3

Required Courses in History (6 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
HIST 500 Core Seminar in History
3

Choose one additional course:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
HIST 501 Teaching Seminar
3
HIST 502 Public History Seminar
3

Electives in History (9 units)

Students specialize by selecting 9 units of graduate courses in history in the College of Arts and Sciences. Selections must be approved by the student's faculty advisor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Typically students complete this program in 1.5 to 2 years, often while working. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.

How many units are included?

The M.A.T. consists of 30 graduate units.

When are classes scheduled?

SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes at a time. Graduate courses in history are often offered in the evenings, but may be offered during daytime hours.

Can I work while completing this program?

Yes. Many students complete this program while working full-time, typically as teachers.

Is this program offered online?

No, this program is offered on campus at the University of San Diego only. There is no online, hybrid, or distance learning option available. Students interested in earning a master's degree in education online are encouraged to explore our Online M.Ed. programs.