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Social Studies (Teaching)

The social studies education program, in co-operation with the School of Education, provides teacher candidates with the training and experiences needed to become qualified middle and secondary social studies teachers. The program focuses on the temporal study of culture and diversity; power, authority and governance; technology and society; global connections and interdependence; and civic ideals and practices.
  1. Foster competence of pre-professionals as secondary social studies teachers.
  2. Promote critical thinking skills and enhance written and oral communication skills.
  3. Cultivate the interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world.
  4. Enhance the understanding of all civilizations.
  5. Encourage technological competence and the use of computers and instructional media & instructional technology.
  6. Gain a better appreciation for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural diverse society.
  7. To provide prospective teachers with experiences that will increase their knowledge of the science and art of teaching social studies and increase their awareness and understanding of current trends in the teaching of social studies.
General Requirements
  1. Majors in Social Studies Education must meet all of the institutional requirements of the University. Requirements listed below in areas other than social studies supplement, but do not supplant, institutional General Education requirements.
  2. All social studies education majors will meet with the Coordinator for Social Studies Education as their academic advisor for content courses and with a School of Education advisor for courses taught by the School of Education.
  3. All majors must request admission to teacher education by completing a formal application with the School of Education and completing thirty-three (33) hours of professional education courses taught by the School of Education for certification.
  4. All majors must have a 2.50 GPA to graduate.
  5. All majors must earn a minimum of "C" for all courses in the major as specified in the degree plan.
  6. All Social Studies Education majors bring the sub-scores on their PRAXIS II Exams to the Social Studies Advisor, demonstrating that they have passed all sub-areas of the exam, before the will be admitted to student teaching.
Test Requirements
  1. PRAXIS I minimums: Mathematics, 171; Reading, 172; Writing, 173. Required before being formally admitted to the degree program.
  2. PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades 7-12, minimum score: 164 Social Studies Content Knowledge, minimum score: 155 for Standard Certificate (new or addition). Required before a student can enroll in student teaching.

Required Courses (51 hours)

ECON 2310 Principles of Economics I
ECON 2320 Principles of Economics II
GEOG 2310 Geography of North America
GEOG 2360 World Regional Geography
HIST 1330 Western Civilization I
HIST 1340 Western Civilization II
HIST 1350 Survey of Non-Western History
HIST 2315 U.S. History to 1877
HIST 2318 U.S. History Since 1877
HIST 3300 Arkansas History
PSCI 2312 American National Government
PSCI 2313 State and Local Government
PSCI 4315 International Relations
PSYC 2300 General Psychology
SOCI 2310 Introduction of Sociology
SOCI 2330 Intro to Anthropology
SBSC 4304 Methods of Teaching Middle & Secondary Social Studies


Directed Electives (3 hours)
(Select one of the following):

HIST 3335 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 3346 American Colonial and Revolutionary History
HIST 4310 Recent U.S. History
HIST 4375 African-American History to 1865
HIST 4380 African-American History Since 1865

Profesional Education Courses (33 hours)

EDUC 1300 Foundations and Development
EDUC 2300 Education of Exceptional Children
EDUC 2309 Instructional Media and Technology
EDUC 3301 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 3302 Psychology of Learning and Teaching
EDUC 3303 Classroom and Behavior Management
EDUC 3305 Tests and Measurement
EDUC 4600 Student Teaching Clinical
EDUC 4615 Student Teaching Practicum