Concentration in Secondary Education
Students wishing to teach Social Studies in middle or high school major in History with a concentration in Secondary Education. Students in this concentration meet the same requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and General Education as other majors and take 120 hours for graduation. This program leads to certification in teaching Social Studies in grades 7-12, but it does not limit the graduate to that profession. It provides the same broad education to students majoring in History and other liberal arts majors.
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Eligibility and Admission
Upon reaching eligibility for a senior college (30 credit hours), students wishing to pursue this concentration need to achieve the following:
- A GPA of 2.5, which is not only a requirement for admission but required for certification upon graduation.
- An ACT score of 22 OR the passing of PRAXIS I, a standardized examination for all prospective teachers. Students normally take this examination in their second year and must have taken it to be admitted to 3000-level courses.
- Declaring in the College of Arts and Sciences their major to be History with a concentration in Secondary Education.
To complete the program, students must:
- Fulfill the requirements for the History major as specified in the catalog.
- Take EDCI 2001 (Education, School, and Society) prior to entering the 3000-level courses. Students may take this course concurrently with the first semester 3000-level course but no later than that.
- Fulfill the area requirements. Because this degree certifies students to teach Social Studies, not just History, candidates must take courses in three fields (Political Science, Geography, AND Economics). Candidates must take 9 hours in TWO of the fields and 3 hours in the third field.
- Take three sequential pairs of courses which combine a three-credit-hour EDCI class with a one-credit-hour History class with field experiences in secondary schools.
- In the last semester enroll for student teaching plus capstone seminars in History and EDCI.
Completion of degree requirements and passing of PRAXIS II, another standardized examination.