Why study History BA/Social Studies Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
The History education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a History BA and a Social Studies Education EdM within five years.
Students in History courses explore what happened and why through many perspectives—political, economic, cultural or intellectual, religious or social. They analyze historians' debates from texts, oral testimony, and other media. The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of history. In addition, students take select education courses, which include experiential components, giving them the opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of history, as well as provide the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.
Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the History BA. In addition, graduates of the Social Studies Education EdM program will:
- Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
Students in the Department of History read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge by asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively. Courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars and combine a variety of teaching methods aimed at helping students develop crucial skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. Small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, a one-year placement as a “teacher-in-residence” will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity in a secondary education classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
The home of the History Department is Park Hall, where students come to meet with faculty advisors and mentors during office hours. The department holds classes in spaces throughout the campus, which include traditional classrooms and lecture halls that are amenable to our program’s teaching goals. All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK – 12 schools.
About Our Faculty
The History Department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields. Many of its members have received teaching awards. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporate a diversity of approaches to teaching history, sharing the diversity of material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically, contextualizing rigorously, and through their teaching, help students build informed interpretations about the past.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the teaching profession, influencing schools and communities. Learning and Instruction faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research in environments that promote examination of teaching and learning across boundaries. The experiences of the faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the History department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.
In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Advising, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in History advises students on the major and completion of requirements for the BA. New majors are required to meet with the DUS, but all students are encouraged to consult with the DUS regularly and review their progress toward completion. Students considering this program are encouraged to talk with the Graduate School of Education (GSE) advisor as well at the earliest opportunity. GSE advisement meetings can be scheduled face-to-face, please phone 716-645-6622 to schedule an appointment and via SKYPE or Facetime.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Students will find the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services in Park 275, at 716-645-6883 and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in History in Park 540, at 716-645-8400.
To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute