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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.

Secondary Social Studies Education + MS in Education at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Receive the integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.

Graduate School Preparation

Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Education in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.

Hands-On Education

Gain opportunities for field experiences throughout the program to apply what is being learned in the classroom.

Campus Community

Teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study.

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Required Credits: 154

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • SOC 433 Geography
    • SOC 202 Sociocultural Studies
    • SOC 332 Economics
    • EDU 713 Educational Research
    • EDU 791 Instructional Design Project

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.

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Professor Zimmerman teaches history and humanities courses for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He previously spent 11 years as a Public High School and Middle School teacher in North Philadelphia. He is married to his wife, Anna, and together they have three children: Michael III, Valyn and Leonidas.

Sheryl Vasso

Sheryl Vasso

Chair, MS in Education; Professor, School of Education

Dr. Vasso teaches on diverse topics in education, including models of teaching, educators and education in film, children’s literature, curriculum design, and assessment. She has taught at all levels from elementary to post-graduate, including teaching teachers on 5 different continents.

In addition to teaching at Cairn, she is founder and president of Words of Worth, Inc. In that ministry, she teaches and writes Bible studies on various topics and books of the Bible. She enjoys speaking for church and para-church organizations, national and international conferences, and for various schools providing professional in-services for educators.

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