The Master of Arts in Teaching

If you are interested in teaching social studies in secondary schools in New Jersey, the state requires the following for certification:

  1. That you complete an undergraduate major in one of the following: History, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology or Political Science
  2. That you complete at least 15 credits in History
  3. That you take at least one course in American History, and one in World History (defined as non-U.S. history)

In addition, the following is also required for admission to Drew’s own Master of Arts in Teaching program in Social Studies:

  1. One course in Economics
  2. One course in Political Science
  3. One course in EITHER Anthropology or Sociology
  4. At least one course in American history, one in European history, and one in the history of a non-western world region

Which history courses do we recommend?

Both to offer you the content background needed for the state teaching praxis exam, and to help prepare you for your teaching career, we recommend the following:

  • At least one course in early American History (prior to 1877)
  • At least one course in Modern American History (or U.S. and the World)
  • At least two courses that covers the modern history of a world region outside the U.S. and Europe, including Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
  • At least one course covering Europe prior to the Nineteenth Century
  • At least one course covering Modern European history