Programs of study in Social Studies Education offered by the Department of History include both undergraduate and graduate degrees. A licensure program in Secondary Social Studies Education, a 6-9 Social Studies teaching area for Middle Grades licensure candidates, and Academic Concentrations in History and American Studies for prospective teachers are offered at the undergraduate level. Both the Secondary and Middle Grades licensure programs in Social Studies Education have been reviewed by the National Council for the Social Studies and found to be in compliance with its standards.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Social Studies Education program has two concentrations. The Licensure concentration is designed for experienced teachers who wish to increase their own knowledge, enhance social studies instruction for their students, and exercise professional leadership in social studies curriculum development within secondary schools. It builds upon and extends the multiple goals of UNC Pembroke's undergraduate social studies education program. The History/Social Science concentration is designed for students who do not hold or seek North Carolina teacher licensure but wish to pursue graduate study in history, enhanced by work in related social science fields.
The Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is an interdisciplinary degree option within the Teacher Education degree program. The M.A.T. is intended for graduates from accredited colleges or universities with an undergraduate major in the humanities or social sciences and who have few, if any, formal courses in education available. It is open only to those individuals who have not earned licensure and who are seeking certification in the teaching field in which they wish to earn the degree.