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Teaching:  Social Studies Education

The bachelor of science degree in teaching: social studies education prepares students to teach social studies in grades 7 through 12. The degree provides a strong foundation in the social sciences, focusing on diverse cultural and pedagogical issues

Classes are small and allow for varied opportunities to work with faculty. The curriculum is organized to foster the development of skilled teachers who can utilize best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction in early secondary- grade settings. Graduates will be self-directed individuals who can communicate effectively, make informed decisions, think critically and creatively, and examine ethical issues in order to enhance educational excellence.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for Teaching: Social Studies Education B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation for Teaching: Social Studies Education B.S. Degree:

First Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • General Psychology
  • U.S. History I
  • The First Year Seminar
  • Introduction to Sociology

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • College Writing II – Writing About Literature
  • Western Civilization
  • United States History II
  • College Algebra
  • Psychology of Adolescence (Education Section)
  • The Family
Second Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Lab: Newsworthy Topics or Human Health Issues
  • College Math
  • Speech Communication
  • American National Government
  • Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Learners

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • American Literature I or II – Writing Intensive
  • Introduction to Geography
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Earth Systems History
  • Teaching in the Secondary School
Third Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Principles of Economics I
  • State and Local Government
  • Political Science / History Elective 3000 level
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners

Second Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Principles of Economics II
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Secondary Curriculum and Methods: Social Studies
  • Civil Rights in America
  • Cultural Geography
Fourth Year

First Semester

  • Observation / Participation
  • Instructional Strategies for Content Area Reading
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Electronic Media for Teachers
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues and Ethics in Education
  • Wellness and Fitness elective

Second Semester

  • Student Teaching at the Middle Level
  • Student Teaching at the Secondary Level

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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