(48-63 semester hours minimum)
Students should be thoroughly familiar with the requirements of the teaching curriculum and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Refer to the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology sections of this Catalog.
Students may choose to concentrate in any three of the following teaching areas: economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and sociology. Required courses for each teaching area are listed below. To ensure broad competence in the social sciences, students are also required to complete one course in each area other than those selected as teaching areas, for a total of 9 credit hours. These courses are also listed below. There is one exception to this pattern: students who do not choose history as one of their teaching areas must complete two history courses and one course in each other teaching area not chosen, for a total of 12 credit hours.
Some courses that count for one teaching area may also count for another teaching area because they contain substantial content from both disciplines. For example, Geography 213 could be taken as an elective in the economics teaching area even though it is a geography course. Such courses are called shared courses, and students may choose to take one shared course per teaching area for a maximum of 9 hours. A list of shared courses is maintained on the Social Science Education Web site.
A grade point average of 2.5 or higher must be earned in each teaching area and in the major as a whole. No grade lower than C will be counted towards completion of the areas in the social studies education major.