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M.A. in Adolescent Education

M.A. - T.E.P. in Adolescent Education
Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Matriculation Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College.
  • A major of at least 30 credits in one of the areas of social studies, including at least 12 credits in history (which must include at least one course in each of the following areas: United States history, European history, and World/non-Western history), 3 credits in geography, 3 credits in political science, and 3 credits in economics.*
  • A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following: 6 credits in English, 6 credits in a language other than English, 6 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math/science/technology. **Students may be admitted lacking up to 12 credits of courses required for admission, exclusive of history courses. Students must fulfill these conditions within their first three semesters of matriculation. Courses taken to fulfill conditions do not count toward the master's degree.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 and a history grade point average of at least 3.0.

Admission to Non-Matriculated Status:

Applicants who have an overall GPA between 2.5 and 2.79 and who meet all other admission requirements for matriculation may be considered for admission to non- matriculant status. Only students who demonstrate strong verbal skills in addition to other indices of ability to do graduate work will be admitted as non-matriculants. Applicants will be required to provide an on-site writing sample (essay) and participate in a face-to-face interview. Academically relevant data, such as scores on the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam or on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination, may also be submitted in support of admission.

Students may take no more than 12 credits as non-matriculants, 9 of which need to be from the adolescence education course offerings (SEDC or SEDF)

Consult with Professor Debbie Sonu at for additional information.

Requirements for the Master's Degree

  • 15 credits of History, including 3 credits in each of the following areas: United States history, European history, and World/non-Western history. Students who have completed 6 history credits in any one of these areas at the undergraduate level may request a review from the History Department's Graduate Advisor. Note that even if those undergraduate credits are approved for a domain, the student will still have to complete 15 credits in graduate history courses. Within the 15 credits required in history, at least 3 credits should focus on gender in history and 3 credits should focus on an analysis of diversity in the United States. (Students with questions about the applicability of courses to these catagories should review this list or consult with the History Department Graduate Advisor.)
  • 3 credits in geography, selected from the following: GEOG 701 (Geographic Thought and Theory), GEOG 705 (Cultural and Social Geography), GEOG 706 (Latin Americanist Geography), GEOG 709 (Geography of Selected World Regions), GEOG 712 (Sustainable Development in Developing Countries), GEOG 713 (Rural Water Supply in Developing Countries), GEOG 741 (Population Geography), GEOG 742 (International Migration and Ethnicity), or a graduate-level special topics seminar with permission of an advisor.
  • A sequence of course work, field experience, and a culminating experience in teacher education. Consult with the Office of Educational Services (Room HW 1000) or refer to the School of Education section of the graduate catalogue for specific information concerning these requirements.

Inquiries about this Teacher Education program should be directed to Professor Debbie Sonu at Any questions just about the HISTORY courses for the program may be sent to Professor Karen Kern at

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