Wayne State College

Social Sciences Education Online Master's Degree

Total hours: 36

Classes for the social sciences education master's degree program (curriculum and instruction - instructional leadership MSE) are available online. The emphasis in the social sciences offers a wide range of disciplines for students to engage. It should have particular appeal for those interested in advancing their skills and foundation in teaching careers in secondary and post-secondary education, and for students without a teaching certificate but interested in graduate level discipline-based course work.


Professional education core: 15 hours

  • EDU 603 Introduction to Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDU 652 Instructional Theory and Practice (3)
  • EDU 658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development PK-16  (3) 
  • EDU 674 History and Philosophy of Education (3)

Social sciences concentration: 21 hours

Courses must include at least 9 hours from one content area, and at least 6 hours from another content areas. Content areas include:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Plus 6 hours of electives by advisement and approval of the Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  Additionally, you are required to complete a final research project (SSC 695 or other prefix, 3 hours).

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Licensing and Certification: This program is designed for teachers who are already certified in this content area as an opportunity to go deeper into their specialty while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. This program does not meet initial certification/licensure requirements through the Nebraska Department of Education. It has not been determined if this program meets requirements for all other states. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Learn more.