Master of Arts in Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies

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Inspire and empower today's youth to become active citizens.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Social Studies is offered in two tracks—one for current teachers and the other for career changers. Current teachers will enhance their teaching knowledge and skill sets, and those new to teaching will receive preparation for certification to teach Social Studies in grades 5–12.

For current teachers, this degree increases classroom competencies, their knowledge of the learner, knowledge of pedagogy, and knowledge of social studies. Prospective teachers will deepen their knowledge of social studies topics and develop teaching strategies and skills for classroom success.

Program of Study
The Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies is a 36- or 39-credit program of study, dependent upon certification. Click on the View Curriculum icon above for degree requirements.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources

Rivier's Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library with recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children's literature collection, videos and more. The Education Center also includes counseling rooms with one-way observation windows.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

Students completing the M.A.T. Social Studies with Certification should be prepared to meet all the New Hampshire State Certification requirements for a secondary social studies teacher, and most or all requirements for secondary certification in many other states. Students seeking teacher certification must apply for licensure after successfully completing all program requirements. (New Hampshire teacher licensure is not automatic with the completion of the internship.)

Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.

M.A.T. Social Studies graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Grades 5-12 social studies teachers
  • Community college professors
  • Learning center professionals
  • and other related positions

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with resume development and career planning, and job search information. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.


Student/Alumni/Faculty Profiles

Linda Brodeur '82/'01G, Education

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M.Ed. Secondary Education

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