Secondary Social Studies Education (BS)+ MS in Education Dual-Level Program

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching Social Studies for 7–12 grade while you also earn your MS in Education.

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Why Secondary Social Studies Education + MS in Education?

A Secondary Social Studies program is designed to develop critical and creative thinking, reflection on practice, and the disposition to engage children actively in their own learning. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in social studies content knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices in social studies; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice in a secondary social studies classroom. By completing this program in conjunction with the MS in Education, you will receive more in-depth training and be better prepared to be an effective educator in your classroom.

How it Works:

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years. By completing this program, you will be able to teach in both public and private schools, as this program prepares you to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I Secondary Social Studies Education (7–12) certification and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Social Studies (7–12) certification.

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Why Secondary Social Studies Education + MS in Education at Cairn?

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Education in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.
  • Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.
  • Receive the integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study.
  • Gain opportunities for field experiences throughout the program to apply what is being learned in the classroom.
  • Teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study.


Career Paths

  • High School Social Studies Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Instructional Coach
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL K-12 classroom teacher, support personnel, or co-teacher.