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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, meet minimum standards in specific general education courses, satisfactorily complete an admission interview and pass the PRAXIS I test. Requirements for admission to the SOE are available at

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.


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.

Sample Curriculum

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  C0MM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  HIST 390 - Historical Research and Writing3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Science & Technology10
Humanities & Fine Arts
   HIST 101 - Western Civilization I3
   HIST 102 - Western Civilization II3
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective-
Major Requirements Credits
EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment 3
EDUC 481 - Classroom Practice Methods of
   Teaching I: (Soc Sci)

EDUC 485 - Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 487 - Student Teaching 9
EDUC 488 - Applied Student Teaching 3
EDUC 489 - Native Americans and Multicultural Instructional

Total 31
Additional Requirements Credits
Anthropology, Sociology or Psychology Electives 6-9
Political Science, Geography or Economics Electives 24
History Electives 30
Curriculum Total 122-128

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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