Post-Baccalaureate Ed.M. with Certification in Social Studies Education

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in social studies education is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field related to social studies instruction in schools and who do not already possess a New Jersey teaching certificate. Certificates are recommended only in conjunction with the completion of the requirements for the Ed.M. degree.

    The goals of the program are:

    • to develop students’ critical examination of a variety of approaches to social studies teaching and curriculum;
    • to provide practice using these approaches and considering the results;
    • to provide opportunities to examine major disputes in social studies education and the relation of social studies education to societal issues; and
    • to familiarize students with schools and schooling in theory and practice.

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  • Program Requirements

    This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:

      • 2 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the First Summer Semester
      • 50 Graduate Course Credits
        • 10 Credits – Completed in the First Fall Semester
        • 10 Credits – Completed in the First Spring Semester
        • 3 Credits – Completed in the Second Summer Semester
        • 15 Credits – Completed in Second Fall Semester
        • 12 Credits – Complete in Second Spring Semester

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core test scores* in Reading, Writing, and Math
      • or SAT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and Verbal or both Math and Reading
      • or ACT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and English
      • or GRE scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts**

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline
    **The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here:
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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