Online M.A. in Political Science for Social Studies K-12 Educators

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Applications are now being accepted. The application deadline for the M.A.  has been extended to April 15, 2018. Review of early submitted applications begins February 15, 2018.

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Program Overview

The Political Science Department at Georgia State University is launching a distance-learning M.A. concentration in Political Science for Educators to begin in summer 2017.

  • Offered entirely online for elementary, middle and high school social studies teachers.
  • Degree can be completed during six seven-week minimesters, extending just 15 months with the majority of the work in the summers.
  • Exposes K-12 educators to cutting-edge research in political science.
  • Provides educators with the tools to engage their students in evidence-based conversations about democracy, citizenship and public policy.
  • All courses are taught by full-time faculty and emphasize interaction among students and professors.

This program is geared towards current teachers who want to advance in their profession rather than to pursue a doctorate. Also, it may be of interest to students contemplating a career in teaching or to current or former teachers seeking the qualifications to adjunct at the university level.

Taking the Next Steps

Man sits at a park bench, readingAfter completing the degree, current Georgia teachers working in districts using the traditional pay scale may be eligible to upgrade their certification status and receive a raise (see the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more details). The degree also may help lead to an Advanced Professional Certificate. Teachers from other states also may be eligible for an upgrade after completing the degree and should check the professional standards in your home state.

Click here to see the curriculum for each seven-week term. For a full listing of the specific degree requirements click here. A new cohort begins the program each summer.

Email Dr. Hankla at if you have questions or would like additional information about the program.