Social Studies Education BSEd/Social Studies Education MEd

With certification in Social Studies Education 6-12K, advanced coursework on-site in a local high school, and substantial experience in secondary classrooms (grades 6-12), graduates of the Social Studies Education B.S.Ed./M.Ed. program are in high demand in school systems across the state of Georgia and beyond. For the last several years, nearly 100% of recent graduates seeking teaching positions had job offers before the end of their final semester in the program. Graduates are recommended for a master's level teaching certificate (T-5), which earns a higher teaching salary in Georgia and in most states across the U.S. Graduates have also gone on to pursue additional graduate degrees (e.g., Education Specialist, doctorate), leadership/education administration certification, teacher leader certification, and advanced degrees in related disciplines including educational psychology (e.g., applied cognition and development, gifted and creative education), education policy, community or school counseling, school psychology, social work, and human development and family science.

Admission to Program

The Social Studies Education B.S.Ed. program uses a cohort model, and cohorts begin in the spring semester each year. Applying to the B.S.Ed./M.Ed. pathway means applying to join a cohort. Applications are accepted up to the 3rd Friday in August the year before the intended spring start date.

All applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher by state mandate for admission into a teacher preparation program.

Note: Students must pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment to enter the ESOC B.S.Ed. program.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

ESOC 6350, 3
ESOC 6360, 3
ESOC 6370, 3
ESOC 7560, 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Everyone in this dual degree pathway will choose one content area for certification as teachers in grades 6-12. Regarding sequence, ESOC 6350, ESOC 6360, and ESOC 6370 must be taken as part of the professional sequence the first fall semester; and ESOC 7560 must be taken concurrently with ESOC 5460 the following spring (it is required that students only be enrolled in ESOC 5460 and ESOC 7560 that semester).

Admission to Graduate Program

Students must apply to the Graduate School and submit the Graduate School application, application fee, and unofficial transcripts. If the student's Grade Point Average for at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is 3.2 or above, the student will NOT have to take an entrance exam. If a student's Grade Point Average for 60 hours of coursework is below 3.2, the student will be required to take an entrance exam. The student will have the option of taking either the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test. Students should apply to the Graduate School in the spring of Year 4 for a summer Year 4 start to the graduate-only portion of the program.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Sonia Janis
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 604G Aderhold Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Social Studies Education B.S.Ed.
  • Department/College: Educational Theory and Practice

Advising Contact

  • Name: Erin Hill
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1844
  • Address: 612 Aderhold Hall

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Social Studies Education M.Ed.
  • Department/College: Educational Theory and Practice

Advising Contact

  • Name: Paige Betts
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-8253
  • Address: 605A Aderhold Hall