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Social Science Education

Social science involves the study of people and their interactions with each other, with their social and political institutions and with their environments. Accordingly, the social science education major includes a broad range of courses and subjects. Students are expected to demonstrate both breadth and depth of understanding in the academic disciplines that make up the social sciences.

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The Program

Candidates in the social science education major are prepared to teach a diverse curriculum to a diverse student population. The major consists of groups of courses and experiences in a variety of social science disciplines. The social science education student should work closely with an advisor to be sure that the general education courses taken will provide a strong foundation for the advanced courses in the major.

Professional Education Courses

Students may enroll in the 300-level professional education courses before being formally admitted to the School of Education (SOE). Prior to enrolling in the 400-level courses, students must complete the application for admission to the SOE, attain a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average overall in their course work, in education courses, in teaching specialty courses, and pass the PRAXIS I test. Requirements for admission to the SOE are available at www.ndsu.edu/education/ted.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the teaching program. Students have the opportunity to apply skills acquired in college courses under the supervision of an experienced social science educator.

Student Advisement

Students will be assigned individual advisors who will work closely in program planning and in other ways to advise and assist them. Students are encouraged to seek their advisors’ help whenever needed.

Certification

Upon completing this program, students are eligible for certification to teach social science in most states. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Career Opportunities

There has been a surplus of social science teachers across the country for the past several years. It has been predicted that the surplus will continue. Students who elect to major in social science education should consider obtaining a second major or a teachable minor to enhance their employment prospects. In addition, students in social science education are encouraged to seek volunteer and employment experiences that complement their education. Summer or after-school work with special needs students, high school or middle school student activities, or other human service activities can provide the candidate valuable experience with children and adolescents.

Social Science Education Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ANTH 111SOC 110, or PSYC 111 Introduction to
     Anthropology, Introduction to Sociology, or Introduction to
     Psychology

3

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning

3

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

Gen Ed Wellness

2

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

GEOL 106 The Earth Through Time

3

HIST 101 Western Civilization I

3

GEOL 106L The Earth Through Time Laboratory

1

 

HIST 102 Western Civilization II

3

 

16

 

15

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

EDUC 321 Introduction to Teaching

3

EDUC 322 Educational Psychology

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

HIST 104 U.S. Since 1877

3

HIST 103 U.S. to 1877

3

HIST Elective

3

PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology (or ANTH/SOC
     Elective)

3

PSYC/ANTH/SOC 300-400 Elective

3

Complete Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam

 

Elective

1-3

 

Apply to the School of Education

 

 

15

 

16-18

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

EDUC 451 Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment

3

EDUC 489 Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

HIST Non-US 300-400 Elective

3

HIST Non-US 300-400 Elective

3

HIST US 300-400 Elective

3

HIST US 300-400 Elective

3

 

15

 

15

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

EDUC 481 Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I

3

EDUC 485 Student Teaching Seminar

1

EDUC 486 Classroom Management for Diverse Learners

3

EDUC 487 Student Teaching

9

HIST 390 Historical Research and Writing

3

EDUC 488 Applied Student Teaching

3

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

 

GEOG/ECON/POLS Elective

3

 

Apply for Student Teaching

 

 

Complete Praxis PLT Exam

 

 

Complete Praxis II Content Exam

 

 

 

15

 

13

Total Credits: 120-122

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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