M.A. in Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies

Earn your M.A. in Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies and share your interest in history and civic engagement while building a rewarding career.

Why Study Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies at Rivier?

Rivier offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Middle/Secondary Social Studies in two tracks—one for current teachers and the other for career changers.

In this program, current teachers will enhance their teaching knowledge and skill sets, while 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.

In this program you will:

  • Become an effective educator and communicator
  • Connect theory with practice for classroom success
  • Develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills

Program of Study

This is a 36- or 39-credit program, dependent upon certification.

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.


The M.A.T. Middle/Secondary Social Studies with Certification will prepare you 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.

Dr. Angela DeSilva Mousseau, Professor of Education, was granted a research award from the National Institute of Health to study the impact of stress on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Mousseau’s research continues to focus on adolescents and young adults. It is grounded in Positive Youth Development with a specific focus on how sense of purpose develops. Her research includes a collaboration across multiple universities—including Boston College and Winngate University—and utilizes a mixed-methods research approach to studying the development of purpose.

Where Will Your Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies Degree Take You?

Graduates of this program are well-rounded academic leaders, prepared to work in a variety of educational settings.


  • Grades 5-12 social studies teachers
  • Community college professors
  • Learning center professionals

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Prepare for a rewarding career with an M.A. in Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Studies from Rivier.