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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.
B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
|First Year Writing|
|ENGL 1100||First-Year Writing||3|
|or HIST 1111||Reacting to the Past|
|Math Proficiency (requirement varies by program)|
|MATH 1030||College Algebra||3|
|or MATH 1020||Contemporary Mathematics|
|or MATH 1021||Choice and Chance|
|or MATH 1025||Geometry in the Real World|
|or MATH 1045||PreCalculus|
|EDUC 2222||Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning||3|
|or COMM 1040||Introduction to Public Speaking|
|ED TECH 2230||Information Literacy||3|
|American History or Government|
|HIST 1001||American Civilization To 1865||3|
|or HIST 1002||American Civilization 1865 To Present|
|Humanities and Fine Arts|
|Three courses from two of the following fields: art, foreign language, music (excluding applied music), philosophy, theater, dance, and literature.||9|
|ED PSY 2212||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|POL SCI 1100||Introduction to American Politics||3|
|One additional 1000-2000 level course in Social Science Explore Area||3|
|Math and Life/Natural Sciences|
|BIOL 1012||General Biology||3|
|PHYSICS 1001||How Things Work||3|
|One additional 1000-2000 level course in Math and Life/Natural Sciences Explore Area||3|
|ENGL 3100||Junior-Level Writing||3|
Note All of the courses above must be a minimum of 2 semester hours.
B.S.Ed. and B.A. degrees with certification candidates must complete the following courses:
|Introduction to Education|
|EDUC 1000||Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education (Introduction to Education)||1|
|EDUC 1001||Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency||1|
|Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession|
|TCH ED 2000||Becoming a Professional Educator||1|
|TCH ED 2001||Early Clinical Experience: Schools||1|
|TCH ED 2209||Foundations of Teaching in American Schools||2|
|Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education|
|ED PSY 3312||Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment||3|
|ED TECH 3135||Technology for Educators||1|
|SPEC ED 3318||Inclusive Classrooms||3|
|TCH ED 3001||Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners||1|
|TCH ED 3310||Introduction to Methods of Teaching||2|
|TCH ED 4391||Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas||3|
|Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education|
|SEC ED 4XXX||Curriculum and Methods of Teaching (specific subject area)||3|
|SEC ED 4989||Practicum I: Site-Based Experience||3|
|SEC ED 4990||Practicum II: Site-Based Experience||12|
Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.
Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher 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.
Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.
B.S.Ed. candidates must complete 30 to 50 hours of specific subject requirements in one of the following fields: English, French, Spanish, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies. Additionally, students may complete teacher certification in art or music after completing a BFA.
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: