2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 29, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary/High School Social Science Education (Grades 9-12), B.A.

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Students who wish to teach social science/social studies courses at the high school level (grades 9-12) enter the secondary/high school teacher preparation program. The program involves extensive professional education courses with a strong grounding in content area coursework.  All teacher preparation programs also involve extensive experiences in partner schools.

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 48 credit hours of general education courses is required for the Secondary/High School Social Science Education B.A. degree. Some of the courses listed below are required to fulfill the general education requirements and others may be used as electives. Other courses not listed below may also be considered to fulfill electives that comprise the General Education requirements. General Education courses must meet the following criteria:

Humanities - Fine Arts Elective (Music, Art, Performance - 3 hours), Literature Elective - 3 hours, Multi-Cultural Elective - (Study Abroad, Foreign Language, other - 3 hours) = Total 9 hours

Literacy - (ENG 101 Writing I and ENG 104 Writing II required) = Total 6 hours

Mathematics - MATH 207, 116 OR117, AND Math 208 = Total 6 hours

Science - SCI 131 OR 132, AND SCI Elective with Lab or Lab Experience = Minimum Total 6 hours

Social Science - Counted in Content Area Requirements

Electives - EDUC 100 - Introduction to Schooling or its equivalent is required of all freshman education majors and is strongly recommended as an elective for all other education majors. All freshmen are also required to take INTD 101 - University Seminar. EDUC 301 Peer Tutoring is strongly recommended as an elective for middle school and secondary/high school education majors. Total = Minimum 9 hours of elective credit.


Please work with your life coach and faculty mentor to determine which of the listed general education courses are appropriate for you.

Practicum Experiences - (20 Hours)

Education majors spend a considerable amount of time in schools gaining firsthand classroom experience with students. Beginning in the sophomore year, all education students are required to complete a practicum experience each semester, with increasingly rigorous expectations regarding student interactions, lesson planning and delivery, and collaboration with professional educators in the field. These experiences build upon one another to provide teacher candidates with exposure to students from multiple grade levels in diverse schools and districts, as well as to a wide variety of teaching/learning opportunities in real-world settings. These practicum experiences culminate in student teaching experience in the final semester of the initial teacher preparation program.

Content Requirements

A total of 45 credit hours in the content area are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary/HIgh School Social Science Education. In addition to the courses listed below, candidates must select appropriate social science electives to fulfill the content area requirement. Teacher candidates must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in content area coursework as well as a GPA of at least 2.75 overall to be eligible for endorsement for certification by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Recommended Electives

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education, EDUC 668 - Behavior Management, and EDUC 616 - Differentiating for All Learners are strongly recommended as electives for all education majors. Ideally, EDUC 100 should be taken in the fall of the freshman year. EDUC 668 and 616 should be taken in the senior year.

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