Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all history and social science courses.

Prerequisites for Student Teaching: See prerequisites for SSE 409 and SSE 410.

A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

The social studies content core constitutes a 42-credit major in social studies that consists of study in economics, government, and a minimum of 33 credit hours of study in the history and geography of the United States and the world.

All program majors are required to complete a minimum of 150 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching. These field experiences consist of observations, individual tutoring, and the teaching of small groups of students under the supervision of certified teachers. These experiences are an integral component of the pedagogical core courses specified in the previous section, with learning outcomes specified and their achievement evaluated by course instructors.

Students complete a minimum of 30-35 clock hours of field experience in each of three courses: SSE 200SSE 303, and SSE 309. Another course, SSE/HIS 488, will be used by students to complete the additional 50 clock hours in field experience required for the grades 5–6 extension. The department has established relationships with several "high-need" urban and suburban school districts where field experiences are held. All majors will have study and experiences that together provide a solid foundation for teaching in high-need schools.

To student teach, students are required to be in the major and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the social studies major, as well as obtain a minimum grade of C in SSE 303 and SSE 309. All majors meeting these requirements must enroll in two practicum courses following successful completion of all other coursework, and satisfaction of English and math competency requirements. Placements for these practica include urban and suburban settings. The urban placements may be in high-need districts that provide opportunities for student teachers to work with students from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and students who are English-language learners. Experiences include individual and group instruction, daily and long-view planning, unit teaching, classroom management and routine procedures, use of audiovisual aids, community resources, record-keeping, evaluation procedures, and participation in the total school program.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 133-39
Social Sciences Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
History of the Western Hemisphere (15 credit hours)
HIS 106HISTORY OF AMERICAN LIFE I3
HIS 107HISTORY OF AMERICAN LIFE II3
HIS 314MODERN LATIN AMERICA3
HIS 415HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT OF NEW YORK STATE3
Select one from the following:3
HISTORY OF EARLY CANADA
HISTORY OF MODERN CANADA
HISTORY OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION
History of the Eastern Hemisphere (15 credit hours)
HIS 230WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I3
Two upper-division electives (any Asian, African, or Middle-Eastern world history courses).6
Select two from the following:6
FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
EUROPE SINCE 1500
TWENTIETH-CENTURY EUROPE
Geography (3 credit hours)
GEG 300WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY3
Political Science (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES
Economics (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Seminar (3 credit hours)
HIS 300RESEARCH AND WRITING SEMINAR3
Professional Education Requirements (30 credit hours)
SPF 303EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: MIDDLE AND SECONDARY EDUCATION3
EDU 416TEACHING LITERACY IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS3
ENG 309TEACHING AND EVALUATING WRITING3
or EDU 417 ADOLESCENT LITERACY
EXE 100NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
or EXE 372 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ADOLESCENTS WITH DISABILITIES
PSY 357ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT DEVELOPMENT3
SSE 200INTRODUCTION TO SECONDARY TEACHING3
SSE 303METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES3
SSE 309METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES3
SSE 370COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM3
SSE 402HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL EDUCATION3
or SSE/HIS 407 THE TEACHING OF HISTORY
Field Experience and Student Teaching Requirements (15 credit hours)
SSE 409STUDENT TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL6
SSE 410STUDENT TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL6
SSE/HIS 488INTERNSHIP3
One Year (or Equivalent) of a Foreign Language (0 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours120-126