Teaching – Secondary Social Studies

Master of Education: M.Ed. (Non Licensure)

The Master of Education in Teaching: Non-Licensure Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program is ideal if you possess a history or social studies bachelor’s degree and now wish to acquire the knowledge to teach secondary students to understand the political, geographic, economic, and social world. This non-licensure master's program will not lead to eligibility for teaching certification, and is intended for those who do not have and/or are not seeking any teacher licensure.

This master’s program is aligned with West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the West Virginia 21st Century standards for teaching social studies.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Facilitating independent and collaborative learning experiences
  • Lessons and curriculum development
  • Technology in the 21st century classroom
  • Classroom management skills
  • Positive and constructive classroom climates
  • Learning, motivation, and human development in the educational setting
  • Meeting the diverse needs of all learners

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The program has unique admissions and completion requirements. Please view the requirements below to be sure you qualify to apply for this program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply the central concepts, tools of inquiry, structures, contemporary theories, and paradigms in education that develop a classroom climate to enhance the social, emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of students.
  • Create lesson segments that reflect theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing when interacting with pupils, parents, teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Design performance-based assessments, instruction, evaluation, and intervention plans.
  • Use media and technology as tools for professional development and to promote student learning.
  • Adjust teaching style and strategies without influence of bias to meet the needs of students regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, gender, learning style, at-risk condition, and/or disability.
  • Model professionalism and high ethical standards in the classroom and develop appropriate strategies for self-evaluation as a means of assessing one’s own professionalism and teaching effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in classroom management and discipline using effective means to develop and maintain a positive classroom climate.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into this program, and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • School of Education non-certification questionnaire
  • Graduate writing sample
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU) form

Important Notes:

  • This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying here in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure at SOE_CertificationLicensure@apus.edu
  • As of November 1, 2014, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You will need to complete 125 hours of field experience at an approved school site.
  • All program courses, including field experience, must be completed prior to entrance into the final capstone course.
  • Some course descriptions, syllabi, and assignments may focus on K-12 settings and may require observations and/or assignments to be completed with K-12 learners and/or educators. You will need to obtain access to suitable instructional settings for all required assignments and for the capstone course.
  • Any background check requirements, including fees, for the selected instructional setting(s) in which you will observe and be present are your responsibility.
  • The first course you need to take here is EDUC 502: Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction. Other courses may be taken in conjunction with the first course, but you must complete the first required course during your initial class term at our university.

An admission representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.