American History Graduate Program

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Use an advanced degree to teach history or social studies.

The Master of Education (M.A.Ed.) in American History provides a degree appropriate for an individual seeking certification to teach history or social studies with endorsement for Virginia and states with reciprocal agreements concerning credentials, and to provide proof required for competency and mastery according to federal guidelines.

When students have completed 24 semester hours of coursework, they may be required to either take a written comprehensive examination or to complete an integrative project. A follow-up oral examination may be required.

Although the M.A.Ed. is primarily a teaching degree rather than a research degree, a culminating writing project will be required that can take two directions. In some cases, students will write a comprehensive paper in which they will analyze what they have learned, and the implications of their discoveries for what they expect to happen in their classrooms. In other cases, students will pursue an original research project involving primary and secondary research.

Program Requirements

  • American History (M.A.Ed.)

    HIST 502 Colonial & Revolutionary America (3)
    HIST 502 Middle Period America (3)
    HIST 505 Historiography and Methods (3)
    HIST 507 Civil War & Reconstruction (3)
    HIST 516 History & Geography of Virginia & Tennessee (3)

    One course from: (3)
    HIST 517 Modern American Studies
    HIST 519 Pragmatism and Modern American Ideas

    HIST 520 Industrialization & Economic Development (3)

    One course from: (3)
    HIST 536 World Wars
    HIST 539 Europe in Postwar Era
    HIST 540 History of England

    HIST 552 Latin America (3)
    HIST 600 Seminar (3)
    Total: 30

This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.

Admissions Information

Requirements for Admission to the M.A.Ed. American History Program

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in the major
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination.
  • Submission of a writing sample of high quality.
  • Review by an admissions committee.
  • For experienced teachers and other individuals of exceptional promise, the admissions committee may modify the GPA requirement. Prospective graduate students are required to provide three recommendations from individuals familiar with their work, submit a completed application for graduate admission, and provide official copies of any professional tests they have completed.

How to Apply

Applicants apply to the M.A.Ed. History program with the Emory & Henry Application. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions at or call 800-848-5493.

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M.A.Ed. American History Program Application Requirements

  • A completed application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. (Students currently enrolled in Emory & Henry should formally request their transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions.)
  • Three professional recommendations from individuals familiar with your work.
  • Essay (prompt can be found on the application).
  • Official GRE Scores.

*The Admissions Committee may request other data as deemed appropriate.

Files Required for the Application

Both files are in a fillable PDF format.