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

  • a reflective understanding of American society, its past and contemporary situation and its place in the larger world,
  • an ability to apply social science concepts and use inquiry and interpretive skills,
  • a historical perspective,
  • multicultural and global perspectives,
  • 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 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.

Program Requirements

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 also encourage applicants to have acquired substantial 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 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).
  • Admission to the Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA and 3.0 GPA in any graduate work along with standardized test scores.

Please visit the Apply Now page for more details.


Kathy Swan


(859) 257-1893

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.