Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Social Science Education, M.A.T.

College of Education  
Department: Teaching and Learning 

This major shares core requirements with the Mathematics Education M.A.T. and the Science Education M.A.T.

The M.A.T. degree is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who wish to become certified teachers in social science at the middle or senior high school level. This Major leads to teaching certification in grade 6-12 social sciences as part of the master’s degree program.

Accredited by the Florida State Department of Education.

Students seeking to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program with embedded Reading and ESOL endorsements must attain passing scores on all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).
Students who graduate prior to attaining passing scores on all portions of the FTCE will not receive the state-approved teacher preparation program with respective endorsements statement on their official transcript.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.


  • Major: A bachelor’s degree in a social studies field that is taught at the 6-12 grade level OR the equivalent bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • Survey of American History 1 & 2;
  • Survey of Western Civilization or World History 1 & 2; and
  • Geography, economics. psychology, and either anthropology or sociology

Students who do not have these eight (8) courses can submit passing scores on the Florida 6-12 Social Sciences Subject Area Exam with their application in partial or full consideration of the prerequisites and consideration for admission.

Requirements for all applicants include:

  • 3.00 in graduate coursework can be used to augment the undergraduate GPA.
  • Resume
  • 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicants’ potential success as a graduate student and his/her ability to work with adolescents.
  • Disclosure of arrest and conviction information

International Students
In addition to the University requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum hours: 33 hours Minimum

  • Shared Core Requirements - 15 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours
  • Practicum/Internship - 9 Credit hours


Practicum, Internship, Field Experiences, Etc. (9 Credit Hours)

All sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Form, including Professional Educator and Subject Area: Social Science 6-12 must be passed prior to internship.

Program of studies will be planned so that all course work will be completed prior to the internship. However, should there be a need for an exception; M.A.T. students may take one 3-credit course during internship—although this is unadvisable given the full-time nature of the teaching experience and one 3-credit course during internship.

All school districts require fingerprints for a minimum of practica and final internship.  Students must pass a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the school district.  Some districts also require drug testing.

Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive exam is taken while enrolled in SSE 6636 Trends in Secondary Social Science Education .