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The Social Studies Program is available for students who plan to teach social studies at the high school level. Social Studies Program students develop their content knowledge through history and social studies courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, learn teaching and assessment skills through certification courses in the College of Education, and gain real world experience in the classroom through internship and practicums at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teacher certification requirements for secondary social studies. Future employment can be found in public schools and private schools.

Students who already have a Bachelor's degree in one of the social studies content areas and are interested in becoming licensed teachers may earn post-baccalaureate teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Meadows

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

Hours:
mon-fri: 9a – 5p

Certifications:
DESE Social Science (Grades 9-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Social Science 9-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.

Important:

  • Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the “Teach in 12” accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment appropriate to her or his area of certification.
  • The accelerated path requires intensive study, immersive experiences, and large investments of time and effort. Candidates who enter the “Teach in 12” pathway will be unable to maintain concurrent professional commitments.

The Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education degree prepares students to teach in secondary school settings, grades 9-12. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in a specific content area.

University General Education and Graduation Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education requirements and Graduation requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill General Education requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)3
or MATH 1030 College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
or HIST 1001 American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from approved fields.9
Social Science
Choose any 9 hours. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement 9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours.9
Junior Level Writing
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses. Each student must also select a content area and complete the required courses and certification assessments for that area as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Grade Requirement

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (courses completed with a grade of C- or below must be retaken).

GPA Requirement

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Assessment Requirement

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education1
TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
Total Hours9

Teacher Education Program

The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
SEC ED 4880Writing for Teachers 13
Total Hours16

In addition to the above courses, students must complete 30-50 hours of required coursework in one specific content area (English , French K-12, Spanish K-12, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies), as well as the appropriate methods course:

SEC ED 4011The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching History and Social Studies3
SEC ED 4240Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Physical Sciences3
SEC ED 4589Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages3
SEC ED 4646The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Math3
SEC ED 4885The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching English3
SEC ED 4985Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Life Sciences3

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience3
SEC ED 4990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience12

Total Credit Hours: 120 Minimum

Social Studies

Certification students must complete a major or an equivalent in hours in one of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. They must meet these minimum social science requirements:

  • American history, 12 hours including SEC ED 4013European or world history, 9 hours including
  • United States and/or state government, 6 hours including POL SCI 4090/SEC ED 4090Behavioral science, 6 hours
  • Economics, 3 hours
  • Geography, 3 hours
  • 2 hours of elective social studies credit.
  • Social science methods courses are SEC ED 4011
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Laura M. Westhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Westhoff, joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty in 1999 and is jointly appointed in the History Department and the Division of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. She has served as co-author and lead historian on several Teaching American History grants. She is on the editorial board for the Women and Social Movements ...