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

Applying to the BSED/MED Social Studies Education pathway means applying to join a cohort. To apply to this pathway, students must first apply for and be accepted into the BSED in Social Studies Education program through the MFE COE Common Application. In the Common Application, students will submit an essay and unofficial transcripts. Applications for the Social Studies BSED are due September 30 for a spring semester start date.

Admitted students may then add the BSED/MED Social Studies Education Pathway in Athena during Block 1 of their program of study. Students will proceed to enroll in the graduate pathway coursework in Block 2.


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 will apply to the Graduate School in their final undergraduate semester. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for entry into the MED in Social Studies Education program.

Please follow the UGA Graduate School's application portal to complete the official MED Social Studies Education application. Materials necessary for your application may include:
• Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
• Statement of purpose (short essay)
• Official transcripts

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt from the Graduate School's required entrance exam, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Students should refer to the UGA Graduate School Deadlines when submitting their graduate applications.

Program Advisor

Undergraduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Laurie Zielinski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1717
  • Address: 612 Aderhold Hall

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

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