Social Studies, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in Social Studies - Preschool through Grade 12 - Graduate

Program Requirements

Teaching Field Requirements
Select a Teaching Field Option based on your undergraduate major48
Teaching Methods
SOSC 501Graduate Methods of Teaching Social Studies3
Total Credits51
Additional Requirements for State Certification
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have the Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
EDFD 582Learning Theories3
or PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology
Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
EDFD 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
or SASE 505 Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
EDFD 509Sociocultural Perspectives on Curriculum and Assessment3
or SASE 509 Sociocultural Perspectives on Curriculum and Assessment
EDFD 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
or SASE 516 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools 21
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
EDFD 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
or SASE 519 Assessment for Authentic Learning
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogy3
SASE 527Clinical Practice I3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 514In-Service Graduate Clinical Practice II 36
or SASE 529 Clinical Practice II
SASE 543Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogy3
Total Credits36

Additional Requirements for State Certification

The following additional requirements must be met prior to student teaching. Upon admission to the program, the student's submitted transcripts are evaluated to determine if any of these requirements have been fulfilled by previous coursework. In such cases, the requirement(s) appears on the degree audit as being waived.

  • CMST 101 or Speech Challenge Exam or documented & approved experience
  • Physiology & Hygiene - free test at county office of education or BIOL/HLTH course
  • Educational Psychology - EDFD 582 or PSYC 560
  • Psychology or equivalent undergraduate course work

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change.


Teaching Field Requirements Options

Select a set of requirements based on your undergraduate major.


Undergraduate History
Select 36 credits from the following:36
The Study of History
Connections: Years That Made History
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to American Civilization
Contemporary American Issues in Historical Perspective
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
History of Puerto Rico
Modern Latin America
History of the United States to 1876
History of the United States Since 1876
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Foundations of Global Civilization
The Second World War
Minorities in American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
Italian American History and Culture
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
New Jersey: Past and Present
Selected Content
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
History Study Abroad
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Senior Seminar in History
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of American Business
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Intellectual History of the United States
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Church and State in Latin America
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Studies in Enlightenment History
Diplomatic History of Europe
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Union in Crisis 1820-1877
America in the Gilded Age
American Society in the 20th Century
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Internship in History
Independent Transcultural Study
Selected Topics
Select 12 credits from at least 3 Social Science disciplines from the following:12
Cultural Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, and Culture
Anthropology of Multicultural America
Cultures of the Middle East
Native North Americans
Anthropology of Globalization
Cultures of South Asia
Anthropology of Conflict and Violence
Non-Western Contributions to the Western World
Human Variation
Cultures of Latin America
The Anthropology of Race
Peoples of Africa
Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective
Urban Anthropology
Historical Archaeology
Cultures of Central Asia
Applied Anthropology
American Folk Culture
Archaeology of Ancient Middle America
Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice
Immigration: An Anthropological Perspective
Peasant Culture
Caribbean Archaeology
The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
The Anthropology of Work
Anthropology of Aging and the Aged
Environmental Anthropology
Experimental Archaeology
Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality
Seminar in Anthropological Theory
Psychological Anthropology
Archaeology in Montclair
Selected Issues in Anthropology
Communities in Transition
Environment and Community
Community and Health
Anthropology of Religion
Building Sustainable Communities
Field Methods: Linguistics
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Medical Anthropology
Field Methods: Visual Anthropology
Archaeological Field Methods
Independent Research in Anthropology
Internship in Anthropology
Principles of Geography
Planet Earth
Principles of Geology
Earth in Space and Time
Natural Disasters
Physical Geology
The National Parks and their Geology
Earth and the Environment
Freshman Seminar in Geoscience and Geography
The Study of Gems
Dinosaurs, Their Life and Times
General Oceanography
The Human Environment
Human Geography
World Geography
Understanding Weather and Climate
Introduction to Sustainability Science
Geology Field Trip
Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
Aerial Photograph Interpretation
Map Reading and Cartography
Historical Geology
Introduction to Marine Sciences
Energy, Environment and Society
Conservation of Natural Resources
Our Finite Earth: Population and Resources
Noise Pollution: Contemporary Problems and Issues
The Geography of Life and Death
Geography of North America
Geography of East and Southeast Asia
Land and Life in Latin America
New Jersey Environment: Problems and Issues
Principles of Land Use
Introduction to American Urban Studies
Urban Design and Architecture: American Cityscape
Urban Georgraphy
Energy Transitions: A Global Dependence
Structural Geology
Field Geography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment
Igneous Metamorphic Petrology
Economic Geology
Environmental Geochemistry
Fluvial Geography
Principles of Soil Science
Invertebrate Paleobiology
Contemporary Problems in Conservation of Natural Resources
Environmental Policy
Environmental Gerontology
World Resources and Industries
Geography of Europe
Geography of South Asia
Historical Geography of the United States
Latin American Environments and Economies in a Global Framework
Culture in Transition in India: An Anthropo-Geographical Approach
Geography of New Jersey
Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa
Geography of the Middle East
Geography: The Former Soviet Union
Urban Field Studies
Geography of Manufacturing
Location of Economic Activity
Managing the Urban Environment
Urbanization and Environment
People and Cities: Comparative Urban Studies
Research Methods
Quantitative Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
Sustainability Science Seminar
Field Geology
Advanced Topics in GIScience
Computer Mapping
Senior Seminar in Geographic Information Science
Organic Geochemistry
Geology of the Vertebrates
Coastal Marine Geology
Dynamic Beach Processes
Tidal Marsh Sedimentations
Human Impact on the Coastal Zone
Field Methods in Oceanography
Physical Oceanography
Marine Science Education
Independent Study in the Marine Sciences
Environmental Law
Population Problems of the World
Culture and Resource Utilization
The Geology of New Jersey
Urban Studies: London and the British New Towns Movement
Environmental Economics
Seminar in International Economic Geography
Urbanization in World Perspective
Problems in Urban Geography
Real Estate Principles
Advanced Real Estate
Urban Planning
Village to Metropolis: Urbanization in Latin America
Senior Seminar in Urban Study (Urban Studies Internship)
Independent Study in Geography
Honors Research
Independent Study in Geoscience
Readings in Earth Environmental Studies
Pro-Seminar in Earth and Environmental Studies
Senior Seminar Geography
Seminar in Geoscience
Sel Topics in Earth Environmental Studies: Glacial Deposits, Climate Archive Resource Potential
Introduction to Economics
Applied Macroeconomics
Applied Microeconomics
Economics and Finance for Business Minors
Economic Statistics
Real Estate Principles and Practice
Collective Bargaining: Theory and Practice
Managerial Economics
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
Economic History of the United States
The Economics of Social Problems
Economics of Professional Sports
Economic History of Europe
Economics of Fine and Performing Arts
Financial Economics
Selected Topics in Economics
World Resources and Industries
Money and Banking
Economic Growth and Development
Public Policies Toward Business
Commercial Real Estate Analysis
Public Finance
Urban and Regional Economics
Labor Economics
Business Cycles and Forecasting
Development of Economic Thought
Elementary Mathematical Techniques for Economics
Latin American Environments and Economies in a Global Framework
International Economics
Economics Independent Study
Financial Institutions
Comparative Economic Systems
Interdependence in the Global Economy
Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa
Economics of Industrial Organization
Strategic Thinking and Game Theory
Economics of National Security
Computer Applications in Economics and Finance
Economics of Natural Resources and Global Warming
Economics Of Energy And Environmental Policy
Applied Econometrics
Advanced Seminar in Economics
Advanced Seminar in Economics: Honors I
Advanced Seminar in Economics: Honors II
Seminar in International Economic Geography
Real Estate Internship
Economics Independent Study
Introduction to Politics
American Government and Politics
Freshman Seminar in Political Science and Law
Comparative Politics
International Relations
International Organizations
Government and Politics of Africa
Introduction to Public Administration
Government and Politics of China and Japan
American Foreign Policy
Women in Politics
Ethnic Politics in America
Urban Politics
Essentials of Political Thought
American Party System
Public Opinion and Pressure Groups
Politics of Development and Modernization
State and Local Government
Campaign Politics
American Political Thought
Public Personnel Administration
Governmental Budgeting
Black Politics in America
The Internet, Politics Public Policy
Seminar in Campaign Politics
Urban Administration
The American Congress
The American Presidency
Politics and Film
Law in Society: Civil Law
Law in Society: Criminal Law
American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
American Public Policy
Food and Politics
Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture
U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics
Topics in Political Thought
Politics of Science Fiction
Theories of Political Economy
Contemporary Western European Politics
Government and Politics of India and South Asia
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States
Government and Politics in the East European States
Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States
Intelligence and National Security
International Relations in Asia
Politics and Morality of War
War and International Security
Global Environmental Politics
Directed Study
Selected Topics in Political Science
Seminar and Internship in Political Science
Politics of Federal Bureaucracy
Seminar and Internship in Public Administration I
Seminar and Internship in Public Administration II
Polling in the U.S
International Law
Globalization and Security
Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship
Honors Seminar-Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Freshman Seminar
The Human Environment
Psychology of Leadership for Emerging Leaders: Theory and Application
Educational Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Research
Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology
Children's Rights and Child Advocacy
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aggression
Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth
Hispanic/Latino Psychology
Psychology of the Black Experience
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Women
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
The Teaching of Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Health Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
Developmental Psychology I
Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy
Forensic Psychology
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Human Learning and Memory
Comparative Animal Behavior
Clinical Psychology
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
History and Systems of Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology: Applications to the Community
Evolutionary Psychology
Systems of Psychotherapy
Psychological Anthropology
Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology
Special Topics in Psychology
Seminar in Cognitive Science
Independent Study I: Research
Independent Study II: Research
Psychology Honors I
Psychology Honors II
Introduction to Sociology
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Family
Black Family
Individual and Society
Sociology of Leisure
Social Problems
Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
Social Structure of American Society
Men and Masculinities
Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
Sociology of Technology
Sociology of Sports
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
Sociology of Conflict and Violence
Statistics for Social Research
Cooperative Education in Sociology
Sociological Research Methods I
Sociological Research Methods II
Large Scale Organizations
Sociology of Work and Professions
Sociology of Health and Illness
Directed Independent Research
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis
Environmental Justice
Social Inequality
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Population
Political Sociology
Comparative Social Analysis
Sociology and Social Work
Social Change in a Global World
Religion, Culture, and Society
Senior Project
Sociology of Emotions
Social Contexts of Mental Illness and Treatment
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of the Mass Media
Social Movements
Selected Topics in Sociology
Qualitative Research in Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Total Credits48


Undergraduate Anthropology
Select 36 credits in undergraduate ANTH courses36
Select 12 credits in undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48


Undergraduate Economics
Select 36 credits of undergraduate ECON courses36
Select 12 credits of undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48


Undergraduate Geography
Select 36 credits of undergraduate Geography courses36
Select 12 credits of undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48

Political Science

Undergraduate Political Science
Select 36 credits of undergraduate POLS courses36
Select 12 credits of undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48


Undergraduate Psychology
Select 36 credits of undergraduate PSYC courses36
Select 12 credits of undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48


Undergraduate Sociology
Select 36 credits of undergraduate SOCI courses36
Select 12 credits of undergraduate HIST courses12
Total Credits48