WELCOME to the Political Science Department. We have tailored a specialized curriculum and offer online courses that allow high school social studies teachers to pursue a masters degree without interrupting their careers.
The MA in Political Studies with an emphasis in social studies for teachers is a 36-hour program that can be completed in two years, including summer sessions and is offered completely online. In the first year, students will take an 18 hour core of prescribed courses that study American constitutionalism, political institutions, and political thought. Students will then complete 12 hours of related coursework in economics, history, geography, and political science. The program culminates with the completion of a comprehensive exam and a practicum that allows students to earn credit hours teaching college level American government courses. Students are admitted in the fall as a cohort and will enroll in 6 credit hours per semester including summers.
Successful applicants must currently be teaching Social Studies in a Texas High School, must have at least one year of teaching experience, and a GPA of at least 3.0 for their last 60 hours of undergraduate work (no GRE required). Applications must include the following supporting documents:
Interested applicants may review the “Application and Application Fee” process at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/programs/posi.html. To complete your application online, use the “Apply Texas Application.” Required supporting documents may be uploaded at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/steps.html or mailed as indicated in “Submit your documents.”
Students are admitted to the program only in fall semesters. Priority application deadline to be considered for university scholarships is February 15th, however, standard applications will be considered until June 15th. To insure quality of instruction, admissions are limited.
Students will complete 12 hours of prescribed coursework in economics, history, geography, and political science.
The exam will cover the program's core and will be written and graded by participating faculty.
Students will be mentored by faculty in developing the syllabus for a college level introductory course in American government and then teach the course at either a community college or at Texas State. The practicum, thus, can be an important step in the professional development of teachers who offer dual credit or advanced placement classes. It not only allows students to work closely with distinguished faculty who enjoy national reputations, it also encourages their continued participation in an integrative approach to how American government is taught in high school, community colleges, and four year universities.
For residents of Texas,
3 semester credit hours, 1 three hour class costs approximately $1,200 for tuition and fees;
6 semester credit hours, 2 three hour classes, the recomendend course load for the program: approximately $2,400 for tuition and fees;
9 semester credit hours, 3 three hour classes, full time graduate course load: approximately $3,100 for tuition and fees.
These figures are based of the spring 2015 semester tuition and fee rates.
Yes there are many scholarships availabe through the Graduate College and outside sources. Remeber to fill out your FAFSA!
Call or swing by the Department of Political Science for more scholarship information.
Many of our graduates from the MA in Political Science Program are finding success in teaching at community colleges and universities. Of our fourteen 2014 graduates, four are teaching at community collegs or universities. Moving forward, we expect our graduates will have a variety of professional opportunities, including offering dual credit, advanced placemnet, and expanded teaching prospects.
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