MA in American History opens to community college instructors, adds MA+15/30

At $750 per course and only 10 courses to a master’s degree, the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA in American History has quickly become known for its affordability, flexibility, and exceptional quality among K-12 teachers across the United States.

In response to growing demand, Gettysburg College is proud to expand its MA in American History to community college instructors, as well as introduce a new MA+15/30 offering, beginning this Summer 2024 semester.

“On behalf of Gettysburg College, our partners at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the remarkable faculty teaching in the program, we are pleased to build on the extraordinary success of our master’s program and make it accessible to even more of our nation’s dedicated teachers,” said Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano. “Educators play a central role in helping us to understand the lessons of our past, so together—as a nation and society—we can shape our brightest future. Our expansion of this program speaks powerfully to our commitment to today’s teachers.”

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Community College Instructors Now Eligible to Enroll

Since the start of the online program in April 2022, the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA in American History has been open to K-12 educators, district supervisors, librarians, museum professionals, and National Park Service employees affiliated with the Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI).

By expanding the master’s program, Gettysburg now has the unique opportunity to educate one of American higher education’s most influential cohorts: community college instructors.

“Today, around nine million students are enrolled in American community colleges. That means a sizable portion of our citizenry is learning directly from community college instructors. All said, these teachers shoulder a tremendous responsibility,” said Gettysburg College Provost Jamila Bookwala. “Much like we do for our own faculty here at Gettysburg, we want to ensure these educators are afforded the opportunity to grow in their craft and deepen their knowledge base, particularly in this important area of study. We are invested in their success.”

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Community college instructors enrolled in the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA in American History this summer will have the chance to study a range of topics spanning from the early days of the Republic to the protest movements in the twentieth century. Here are the courses offered in Summer 2024:

  • The American West led by Elliott West, University of Arkansas
  • Black Women's History led by Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College
  • The Early Republic led by Alan Taylor, University of Virginia
  • Historiography and Historical Methods led by Andrew Robertson, Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • The History of American Protest led by John Stauffer, Harvard University
  • Reconstruction and Resistance: Constructing a Nation led by Kermit Roosevelt III, University of Pennsylvania
  • World War I and World War II led by Michael Neiberg, U.S. Army War College
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New MA+15/30 Offering

Our new MA+15/30 allows K-12 educators who possess a master’s degree—in any subject—to take courses as non-degree-seeking students, so they can both advance in their salary schedules and study American history with our award-winning historians.

The offering’s name, “MA+15/30,” refers to the number of credits earned beyond a master’s degree. For example, a person with a master’s degree and five three-credit courses would qualify for an MA+15. Most teacher salary schedules award raises for such progressive attainment of education.

K-12 educators with a master’s degree from any college or university are eligible to apply.

“Earning my MA in American History from the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA program brought me into a world of rich and deep historical scholarship,” said Oregon-based high school teacher Lois MacMillan M’23, whose renowned career spans more than three decades in education. “The Gettysburg program gave direct access to some of our nation’s preeminent historians. Tailored to today’s history teachers, it allows teaching professionals to expand their horizons while they are still in the classroom. Best of all, the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA program has prepared me to teach at the next level.”

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Apply and Enroll

Begin your next academic journey. Learn more about our eligibility requirements and apply and enroll in the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute MA in American History today.

Spring 2024 Semester Deadlines:

  • Summer I Applications End: Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Summer I Courses Start: Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • Summer I Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
  • Summer II Applications End: Thursday, June 27, 2024
  • Summer II Courses Start: Thursday, July 11, 2024
  • Summer II Course Registration Ends: Wednesday, July 17, 2024

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Posted: 03/20/24

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