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The MEd with a Concentration in Secondary Social Studies Education is an online professional degree in Instruction & Learning for those wishing to pursue advanced study in the field. This program is designed specifically for secondary teachers (grades 7-12) who are not graduates of the University of Pittsburgh Master of Arts (MAT) program. The course menu gives you opportunities to delve deeply into research, theory, and practice in social studies education in an online format. All applicants for this program must hold an Instructional I teaching certificate prior to admission.

The MEd program is divided into six distinct academic areas:

  • Social Studies-specific Pedagogy;
  • Psychological Perspectives on Education;
  • Social and Cultural Perspectives on Education;
  • Research Seminar;
  • Research Methods; and
  • Electives.

Courses in this program are taught by School of Education faculty, many of whom are recognized as leaders in their fields of expertise.


As pre-requisite, you should hold a degree, or have completed significant coursework, in Social Studies Education or a related social science. You should also hold an Instructional I certificate in Social Studies Education.

  • Completed School of Education Admissions Application;
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to ‘University of Pittsburgh’;
  • Complete individual transcripts of work done in ail undergraduate and graduate study (an overall minimum QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work is required). (Provisional admission may be granted to individuals with a slightly lower QPA when professional experience and recommendations indicate an ability to pursue graduate level study);
  • Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master’s degree within the United States. We strongly recommend using World Education Services (WES) to complete this service;
  • A written statement of career goals and degree objectives;
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have not finished academic degree requirements in an English-medium college or university.


  • Fall Deadline: Rolling admissions, with priority given to applications received by March 1
  • Spring Deadline: Rolling admissions, with priority given to applications received by November 1
  • Summer Deadline: Rolling admissions, with priority given to applications received by March 1

Apply Now!

We welcome your application to the School of Education! You can begin your online application through the University’s Apply Yourself web portal. If you have questions during the application process, please contact Admissions and Enrollment Services.


Each area is made up of content, knowledge, and skills critical to the development of graduate-level practitioners and scholars. The program requires a minimum of 36 credits for completion. Degree requirements include:

  • 15 online credits (5 courses) in Social Studies-specific Pedagogy;
  • 3 online credits (1 course) in Psychological Perspectives on Education;
  • 3 online credits (1 course) in Social and Cultural Perspectives on Education;
  • 3 online credits (1 course) in MEd Research Seminar;
  • 3 online credits (1 course) in MEd Research Methods;
  • 9 online credits (3 courses) in approved electives; and
  • a written comprehensive exam.

Please visit MEd in Secondary Social Studies Education for a full list of program courses and descriptions.

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5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-2230

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