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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 SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar Keystone Promise
  • Social & Cultural Elective: General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment Prep

SECOND SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 1 Field Experience/Exploration
  • College Writing II
  • United States History II
  • Quantitative: College Algebra
  • Psychology of Adolescence (Educ. Sect.)
  • The Family
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

THIRD SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 2 Field Experience
  • Quantitative: College Math
  • Speech Communication
  • American National Government
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • Western Civilization
  • Application and interview with education faculty for acceptance into education program after completion of 48 credits, passing Praxis I, and 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

FOURTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Begin Stage 3 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Intro. to Cultural Anthropology
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: American Literature I or II
  • Intro. To Geography
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Teaching in the Secondary School
  • Elective
  • Interview and Acceptance into Education Program. Required to take EDUC 3000-level and higher classes. Bridge Experience
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

FIFTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • Principles of Economics I
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: U.S.History I
  • State and Local Government
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

SIXTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Pre-Student Teaching Experience
  • Principles of Economics II
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Secondary Curriculum & Methods: Social Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • Scientific Literacy Elective
  • Elective
  • Praxis II
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)

SEVENTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation – Continue Stage 3 Pre-student Teaching Experience
  • Instructional Strategies for Content Area Reading
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Teaching English Language Learners
  • Technology: Electronic Media for Teachers
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues and Ethics in Education: Moral Reasoning
  • Elective
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Praxis II

EIGHTH SEMESTER

  • Capstone Experience/Real World Experience/Self Directed
  • Student Teaching at the Middle Level
  • Student Teaching at Secondary Level
  • Grad Audit
  • Completed clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI, and Health requirements)
  • Exit and Certification Interview

Updated: October 2017

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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