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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
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Master's with Initial Certification
Secondary Social Studies Education


We are looking for candidates for the Master's with Initial Certification who have:

  1. a reflective understanding of American society, its past and contemporary situation and its place in the larger world,
  2. an ability to apply social science concepts and use inquiry and interpretive skills, 
  3. a historical perspective,
  4. multicultural and global perspectives,
  5. an ability to learn from participating in community affairs and service. Candidates are reminded that they will be teaching about the whole world. For our undergraduates we urge at least one course about each world region. Candidates also need to be prepared to teach U.S. history from interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives. Courses in the arts and humanities contribute to rich teaching the social studies, too.


The minimum course requirements are a major or a minor in history; a major or a minor in a social science; and one course in each of the other social sciences. The social sciences include anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

We require at least 100 hours of experience with 14 to 18 year olds. Undergraduates in our own program must take a course (EDC 362) which gives them that experience in schools. Graduates who come to our program as mature students or from other colleges may take the course or they may negotiate with the faculty advisor to have school, social agency, or other experiences with young people meet this requirement.

We also are pleased to see candidates with a variety of work experiences, including volunteer experiences such as working on a political campaign. We have had applicants with business, military, social work, law, communications backgrounds. We like to have a mix of candidates from all over Kentucky and from other states. We appreciate candidates who have traveled, studied, and/or worked abroad and/or who have interacted with people different from themselves in the U.S.

The social studies methods class in the fall gives students opportunities to develop their own philosophies of teaching social studies. Students participate in activities ranging from organizing a Global Talk interactive video program and a service project to designing lesson plans to teach in the fall and a unit to use in spring student teaching.

The Faculty:  Dr. Kathy Swan is the faculty member responsible for the MIC Social Studies Program.


The following prerequisites are needed for general admission into the MIC program.
  • An undergraduate degree that includes a major or minor in history, a major or minor in another social science, and one course in each of the other social sciences (anthropology, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology).
  • Qualification for admission to a UK College of Education teacher certification program requires letters of recommendation, an interview by the appropriate program faculty, GPAs of at least 2.75 overall, in major, minor, and support areas, demonstrated basic skills (GRE, PRAXIS I, ACT or SAT), and a statement of moral/ethical background.  MIC applications are available from the teaching specialty academic advisors.
  • Admission to the Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores.  Graduate School and departmental applications are available.
  • 100 hours of documented experience with 14-18 year old adolescents as well as community and cross-cultural experience.
  • Students should apply to the program by February 14 to study the following academic year, but should talk to an advisor earlier.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Mary Shake
Director of Graduate Studies
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
345 Dickey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
e-mail: mcshak1@uky.edu
telephone: 859-257-5676