Combined Anthropology, BA / Social Studies Education, EdM

The UB Teach social studies education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn an anthropology BA and a social studies education EdM in five years. The program focuses on providing you with content expertise in anthropology while preparing you to teach social studies at the adolescence level (grades 5 to 12).

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Why Anthropology and Social Studies Education at UB?

In this combined program, you will study in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the Department of Anthropology, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the study of humans and humankind as a whole; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you learn how to bring social studies to life in the grades 5 to 12 classroom.

UB prepares highly-qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

As a student enrolled in this program, you will:

  • Follow your passion for anthropology while gaining skills critical for your future.
  • Enhance your ability to unlock the secrets of the past to better understand the world around you.
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York schools across diverse settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

Anthropology BA/Social Studies Education EdM Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State initial and professional certification in social studies education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 138
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, online
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Museum Curator
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Wildlife Program Coordinator
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early Action Deadline: Nov. 15
Scholarship Consideration: Dec. 8
Regular Decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461