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Master of Arts (MA) in
Secondary Education (General Social Science 6-12 Certification)


Program Overview

Learn the current, research-backed methods for teaching today’s students in the 21st century classroom. The University of Alabama Online’s Master of Arts in Secondary Education program is designed around your schedule in a convenient 100% online format. Upon completing the program, graduates will earn their General Social Science 6-12 Certification.

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Use Social Science to Make Your Mark on the Future

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education (Social Science 6-12 Certification) curriculum includes coursework on problem-based inquiry models, with content areas including history, sociology, political science, psychology, geography and economics. Graduates are equipped with advanced knowledge to develop relevant and impactful pedagogical practices for their students. The curriculum may also be customized for students to take advantage of international education opportunities and immersive experiences. The 100% online format allows educators to pursue a new career path in education while continuing their work in the classroom. The program is committed to diversity, fairness, equity, a culture of collaboration and bolstering the capacity to improve professional practices as part of a reflective community of learners.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • Required For EntranceBachelor's-level teaching certificate


The MA in Secondary Education (General Social Science 6-12 Certification) program consists of 30 credit hours. Program and courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • CSE 530 Modern Secondary School Programs
  • CSE 564 Improving Social Science Instruction
  • BER 500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • CAT 531 Computer-Based Instruction

Additional Requirements

  • Foundations course: 3 credit hours
  • Teaching field: 12 credit hours
  • Elective: 3 credit hours
  • Special education survey course (if not previously completed)


Admission to the Master of Arts in Secondary Education (concentration in General Social Sciences) degree program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in General Social Science (6-12) or History (6-12)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completed UA Graduate School application
  • Completed requirements for fingerprinting/background clearance
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recommendation letters must be from current and former professors and/or supervisory personnel knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities for all College of Education programs that lead to professional certification

Applications are accepted each semester. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

This program leads to Alabama Class A certification in Secondary Education (General Social Science 6-12 or History 6-12) depending on the certificate(s) held by the applicant. If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

The programs listed in the current UA Graduate Catalog that lead to Alabama Class A and Class AA professional certificates may be altered to meet certification standards adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Do I need a teacher certification to apply to the program?

Yes, you must have a Class B or equivalent teacher certification in General Social Science (6-12), History (6-12) or Geography (6-12) to apply to the program.

Does this degree lead to teacher certification?

No, the degree does not lead to teacher certification.

Can I apply and start the program anytime?

You can apply at any time. Students are accepted each semester (fall, spring and summer).

Do I have to come to campus for any classes?

No, the program is completely online. While you’ll always be welcome as a member of the University community, including an invitation to participate in the commencement ceremony, you will not be required to come to campus for any classes.

Who teaches the courses?

The same professors who teach on-campus courses teach the online courses.


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