Social Studies Education


Social Studies Education @ Wake Forest

“I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowlege among the people. [N]o other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1786

Undergraduate Program

The goal of the Wake Forest University Social Studies Education program is to prepare individuals to assume a social studies teaching position in a secondary school, and it is not too late for juniors to enter this program. Teaching is an extremely rewarding (and never dull) profession, there is a high demand for teachers in public schools, and this program has a 100% job placement rate.

The social studies licensure minor includes a full-time student teaching internship and leads to a North Carolina teaching license upon graduation. To start this process, please go to our Admissions Procedures page.

Please see the Secondary Education Program page for specific course information. Additional North Carolina content requirements include the following:

  • US History: 6 hours.
  • European/Western History: 6 hours.
  • Nonwestern History: 6 hours.
  • Political Science: 3 hours.
  • Economics: 3 hours.
  • Geography: 3 hours. Required–ANT 111
  • Anthroplogy or Sociology: 3 hours.

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, students complete either the Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) or the Master Teacher Associates (MTA) program in 13 months, including a semester of student teaching in a local high school for MTFs. The MTA program is for initially licensed teachers who desire to earn an advanced teaching license as well as a master’s degree.

More detailed information about our graduate programs can be found on our Overview of Graduate Programs page. To apply, please go to the Wake Forest University Graduate School Admissions Page.

If you have any questions about our programs or just want to talk about social studies, please contact either Social Studies Coordinator: Dr. Adam Friedman or Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick.