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College of Arts and Sciences

Social Studies Education Program

Department of History

 

Preparing Tomorrow’s Social Studies Teachers

 

The secondary history education program produces middle and high school teachers who are dedicated to transforming the lives of future generations through teaching social studies. Our graduates are committed to helping adolescents become informed, engaged and caring citizens, knowing that these same students will be the history makers of tomorrow. Our goal is to inspire our future educators to teach passionately and knowledgeably so that all students are included in the mosaic of the past, present and future. This commitment, combined with rigorous program standards, enables our graduates to secure teaching jobs throughout the Eastern Seaboard, the nation and abroad.

Areas of study

  • American History and Culture
  • World History and Culture
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Civic Engagement in the Past, Present and Future
  • Teaching and Motivating Adolescents in a Diverse Society
  • Educational Technology for Teaching Social Studies
     

Career Options

  • High/Middle School Teaching
  • School Administration
  • Museum Education and Research
  • School Counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Graduate Programs

  • History
  • Masters in Secondary Special Education (4+1 Program)
  • Social Sciences
  • Educational Leadership
  • Law
  • School Counseling
  • Museum Studies

What’s special about this program?

 

Effective social studies teaching requires extensive content knowledge in different areas of social studies as well as teaching skills. Our strong emphasis on pedagogy and content knowledge prepares our teacher candidates to teach history as well as the other social science disciplines, including civics, economics, psychology, sociology and geography. Even before they begin student teaching our candidates complete over 75 hours of classroom experience tutoring, mentoring and teaching adolescents in local secondary schools. In their senior year candidates participate in a year-long placement in the middle or high school where they will complete their student teaching.

Get involved

 

E. Lyman Stewart Internship

Various Scholarships & Awards from the History Department and from UCTE (University Council for Teacher Education)

History Club

Phi Alpha Theta (International Honor Society in History)

SET (Secondary Educators of Tomorrow)

Sample curriculum

ECON101

Introduction to Microeconomics

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

HIST101/102/103/104

Western Civilization I or II or World History I or II

 

MATH113

Calculus

 

POSC150

Introduction to American Politics

 

PSYC100

 

General Psychology

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

  History Elective

ECON103

 

Introduction to Macroeconomics
EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolescents

 

GEOG120

World Regional Geography

 

HIST101/102/103/104

 

Western Civilization I or II or World History I or II
HIST268

History Methods seminar

 

 

History 300 level

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

EDUC413

 

Diversity in Secondary Education

EDUC419

 

Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology
 

History 300 Level/2nd Writing Course

 

 

History Elective Course

 

 

Geography Elective Course

 

 

Social Studies Course

 

  University Breadth Course

EDUC400

 

Student Teaching

EDUC420

 

Reading in the Content Area

HIST491

 

Social Studies Methods
HIST492

Integrating Technology into Social Studies Teaching

 

HIST493

Student Teaching seminar

 

 

History 300 or 400 Level Courses

 

 

Political Science Course

 

  Social Studies Elective

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