COE: BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12) | Social Studies
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BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12)
Social Studies

Create Citizens who Build a Future from the Past

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

mon-fri: 9a – 5p

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.


  • 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.

General Education Requirements

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.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
or HIST 1111 Reacting to the Past
Math Proficiency (requirement varies by program)
MATH 1030College Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
or MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics (MOTR MATH 120)
or MATH 1021 Choice and Chance
or MATH 1025 Geometry in the Real World
or MATH 1045 PreCalculus (MOTR MATH 150)
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
or COMM 1040 Introduction to Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230Information Literacy3
American History or Government
HIST 1001American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Explore Areas:
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
Social Science
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Social Science Explore Area3
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012General Biology (MOTR BIOL 100)3
PHYSICS 1001How Things Work (MOTR PHYS 100)3
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Math and Life/Natural Sciences Explore Area3
University Requirement
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
Total Hours45

Note All of the courses above must be a minimum of 2 semester hours.

Program Requirements

B.S.Ed. and B.A. degrees with certification candidates must complete the following courses:

Introduction to Education
EDUC 1000 (Introduction to Education)1
EDUC 10011
Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2001Early Clinical Experience: Schools1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools2
Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
ED TECH 3135Technology for Educators1
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 3001Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners1
TCH ED 3310Introduction to Methods of Teaching3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
SEC ED 4XXXCurriculum and Methods of Teaching (specific subject area)3
SEC ED 4989Practicum I: Site-Based Experience3
SEC ED 4990Practicum II: Site-Based Experience12
Total Hours38

Attention Education majors

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.

Emphasis Areas:

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. 

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 ...