Graduate Certificate

Secondary Social
Science Education

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Secondary Social Science Education Graduate Certificate program for teachers licensed in areas outside of secondary social science in the state of Tennessee who desire to gain the credentials to teach secondary social science.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Earn a Certificate to Teach Secondary Social Science

The Secondary Social Science Education graduate certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of education career goals. For K-12 teachers licensed in areas other than history, government, or other social science education field, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in Secondary Social Science Education. For K-12 teachers licensed in secondary social science education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in history and government education instructional opportunities at the high school level, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused secondary social science instruction. 


Featured Courses

Student recipients of the Secondary Social Science Education Graduate Certificate are required to successfully complete the following courses:

SSCE 532: Practicing Collaboration for Teaching Diverse Learners in Secondary Schools

Provides prospective educators authentic models of practice to effectively collaborate as means to meet the needs of diverse learners in secondary classrooms.

SSCE 599: Teaching & Learning in a Contemporary Secondary Classroom

Introduces, examines, and models the effective practice of teaching and learning with contemporary tools, resources, and strategies for secondary classrooms.

SSCE 585: Teaching & Learning with Film

Selected strategies, trends, methods, materials, and legal issues for effectively incorporating film in the K-12 classroom. Selected topics include media literacy, film research, and making movies appropriate to educational settings.

TPTE 540: Topics in Improvement of Instruction

Special conferences, workshops, and in-service programs.

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Get Started Today on Your Journey to Teach Secondary Social Science!