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Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adolescent Social Studies - MA / Advanced Certificate


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Education Adviser Terrie Epstein; (212) 772-4675; 1108 West Building; tepstein@hunter.cuny.edu

History Department Adviser (Master’s Degree only) Jonathan Rosenberg; (212) 772-5546; 1519A West Building; jrosen8637@aol.com

This program is designed to serve individuals who do not have initial, professional or permanent certification in the teaching of social studies.

 

Admission Requirements


Master’s Degree

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8.

2. A major of at least 30 credits in one of the areas of social studies (history, political science, geography, or economics) with a GPA of 3.0, including at least 12 credits in history, 3 credits in geography, 3 credits in political science, and 3 credits in economics. The course work in history must include at least one course in each of the following areas: U.S. history, European history, and world or non-Western history.

3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following: 6 credits in English, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript meets this requirement), 3 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).

4. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission.

5. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.

 

Advanced Certificate

1. An undergraduate major of at least 30 credits in one of the areas of social studies, and a master’s degree in the discipline (history, political science, geography, or economics) with a GPA of at least 3.3 from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College. Coursework at either the undergraduate or graduate level must include 21 credits of history, 3 credits in geography, 3 credits in political science and 3 credits in economics. The coursework in history must include at least one course in each of the following areas: U.S. history, European history, and world or non-Western history.

2. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to social studies): 6 credits in English, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of the same language in high school fulfills this requirement), 3 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math/ science/ technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement).

3. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission.

4. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission
In addition, all students in this program will be required to take the Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the School of Education before they complete 12 credits of course work. A student who does not receive a passing score on the CST may be required to enroll in additional courses in social studies.
 

Progress Standards


A. 12-Credit Progress Standards for Matriculated Students

1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits of SEDC or SEDF course work will not be allowed to continue in the program.

3. Students who receive a grade of F in any course, including arts and sciences courses, in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

4. Students with one grade of IN (Incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.

 Note: It is recommended that students with two or more INs take an official leave of absence.

5. All students must take the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the Office of Educational Services before they complete 12 credits of course work. Any student who does not receive a passing score on the LAST must enroll in the school’s reading/writing workshop before being permitted to register for any courses.

B. Fieldwork Benchmarks

All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.

Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C in a field experience or student teaching course must apply to the chairperson of the department for permission to repeat that course, which may be repeated only once. Any student who receives a grade of F may not reregister and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

 

Adolescent Social Studies Course of Study


History And Geography Courses (18 Credits) For Master’s Degree Programs Only


History and Geography Courses


 
History              15 credits in history including 3 credits in each of the following areas: U.S. history, European history, world or non-Western history. Students who have completed 6 credits in any one of these areas at the undergraduate level will have fulfilled this requirement for that particular area, but will still have to complete at least 15 credits in graduate history courses. Within the 15 credits required in history, at least 3 credits should focus on gender in history and 3 credits should focus on an analysis of diversity in the U.S.

Culminating Experiences


Comprehensive examination in history:  History department (see Exit Standards)

Professional teaching portfolio: School of Education

 

Total Credits for Master’s Degree Program                                        40-41 credits

 

Exit Standards


An overall GPA of 3.0

Master’s degree students will develop a professional teaching portfolio, which is a cumulative effort, integrating course and fieldwork throughout the program. In particular, students will be expected to complete a major research-based project, include artifacts that reflect the theme of that research, and connect all components through critical reflection. Teacher candidates must show progress toward the completion of the portfolio through regular review by their advisers. Students will arrange for a presentation and final review of their work during the last semester in the program. A performance assessment checklist and rating scale will assess the quality of the culminating experiences (portfolio and reflective presentation).

Master’s degree students must also pass a written comprehensive examination in history. These examinations are offered twice each year, in February and September. A student who fails the examination twice is dropped from the program but may appeal in writing to the Graduate Committee, Department of History, to take the examination a third time.

Students must pass the School of Education technology assessment.
 

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