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Teaching Specialty - Social Sciences

Major Requirements

Major: Social Science Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 12

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A):
HIST 101Western Civilization I3
HIST 102Western Civilization II3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
The 6 credits required in the Social & Behavioral Sciences category will be satisfied by completed the requirement for the teaching specialty.6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Teaching Specialty Requirements
HIST 101Western Civilization I (includes)3
HIST 102Western Civilization II (includes)3
HIST 103U.S. to 18773
HIST 104U.S. Since 18773
HIST Non-US History (300-400 level)6
HISTUS History (300-400 level)6
HIST History Elective6
Select one of the following areas (A-C):6-9
A. Anthropology (6 cr):
Introduction to Anthropology
300-400 Level
B. Sociology (6 cr):
Introduction to Sociology
300-400 Level
C. Psychology (9 cr):
Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
300-400 Level
Select two of the following areas (D-F):24
D. Political Science (12 cr):
American Government
Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process
State and Local Politics
200-400 Level (3 cr)
E. Geography (12 cr):
Geography of North America
Electives (9 cr)
F. Economics (12 cr):
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Electives (6 cr)
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Soc Sci)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Degree Requirements: Potential of 3 credits to credits to reach 1223
Total Credits122-125

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.

  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.

  • See School of Education for admission requirements.