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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: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

Teaching Specialty Requirements
HIST 101Western Civilization I (May satisfy general education category A)3
HIST 102Western Civilization II (May satisfy general education category A)3
HIST 103U.S. to 18773
HIST 104U.S. Since 18773
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
HISTNon-US History (300-400 level)6
HISTUS History (300-400 level)6
HISTHistory Elective3
Select one of the following areas (A-C):6
A. Anthropology (6 cr):
Introduction to Anthropology
300-400 Level
B. Sociology (6 cr):
Introduction to Sociology
300-400 Level
C. Psychology (6 cr):
Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Select two of the following areas (D-F):24
D. Political Science (12 cr):
American Government
Select 3 from the following:
Problems and Policies In American Government
Judicial Process
Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process
Political Behavior-Political Parties
State and Local Politics
Constitutional Law-Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law-Criminal Justice
E. Geography (12 cr):
Geography of North America
The Earth Through Time
Geography Electives (6 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
Total Credits91

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.