Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education

B.S.Ed in Social Studies

The purpose of the B.S. in Secondary Education: Social Studies program is to prepare teachers to teach social studies in the secondary schools. In addition to developing a knowledge base in history and the social science disciplines, students learn the methodological approaches by which the social studies may be taught, applying and refining those approaches in the clinical field experiences required of the program.

Education Courses

47 Hours Required
A grade of 'C' or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED 280 which requires a grade of 'B' or better.

  • ED 280 Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • EF 400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX 390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY 222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE 307 Reading/Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • SE 318 Techniques of Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3)
  • SE 350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE 355 Field II (3)
  • SE 365 Pedagogy 2: Secondary School (4)
  • SE 380 Advanced Field (3)
  • SE 385 Pedagogy 3: Middle and Secondary Education Methods of Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE 390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and Secondary Students with Special Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE 465 Student Teaching (12)

Social Studies Education

A grade of 'C' or better is required in all courses within the major.

Required Courses

  • EC 101 Economic Problems and Policies (3)
  • PS 103 U.S. Political Systems (3)
  • PY 102 Intro to Psychology (3)
  • US 105 American History I (3)
  • US 107 American History II (3)
  • EH 101 Early European Civilization (3)
  • EH 103 Modern European Civilization (3)
  • WH 305 World Civilizations (3)

Choose 6 hours from upper division U.S. History

  • US 302 Missouri History (3)
  • US 350 Colonial America (3)
  • US 356 Progressive America (3)
  • US 360 Women in American History (3)
  • US 380 Sport History (3)
  • US 400 Topics in American History (3)
  • US 420 African American Slavery (3)
  • US 440 U.S. in World War II (3)
  • US 450 U.S. as a World Power (3)
  • US 452 Cold War America (3)
  • US 460 The 1960’s in America (3)
  • US 470 America in the 1970’s (3)
  • US 507 Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
  • US 509 American West (3)
  • US 524 American Rural History (3)
  • US 525 American Urban History (3)
  • US 531 American Military History (3)
  • UI 313 The African American Experience (3)
  • UI 446 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
  • UI 457 African American Slavery (3)
  • UI 508 African Americans during the Era of Segregation and Jim Crow (3)

Choose 3 hours from Political Science

  • PS 310 Government and Politics in the American States (3)
  • PS 335 American Foreign Policy (3)
  • PS 360 Political Parties and Voting Behaviors (3)
  • PS 365 Legislative Process in the United States (3)
  • PS 390 American Judicial System (3)
  • PS 490 Constitutional Law (3)
  • UI 357 Early American Political Thought (3)

Choose 3 hours from Geography

  • GG 150 Peoples and Places of the World (3)
  • GG 180 Cultural Geography (3)
  • UI 308 Cultural and Physical Landscapes of the World (3)

Choose 3 hours from Behavioral Science

  • AN 101 Observing Cultures (3)
  • AN 181 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • OS 200 Survey of Social Sciences (3)
  • SO 102 Society, Culture, and Social Behavior (3)

Additional Requirements

  • GH 315 Historiography (3)
  • SS 200 Introduction to Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary Schools (3)
  • EH 3xx Upper division European History (3)
  • WH 1xx Lower division non-western History (3)

General Education Requirements

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program - Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours); History/Constitution requirement (3 hours); Written Communication (6 hours); Oral Communication (3 hours); Natural Sciences (7 hours, from two disciplines, one to include a lab); Mathematics (3 hours); Humanities and Fine Arts (9 hours, from at least two disciplines); Additional requirements (5 hours, to include UI100 for native students)

Degree Requirements for All Students

A minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.
All professional education and social studies courses must be completed with a C or above and GPA in social studies course work must be a 3.0 or above.

Sample Four Year Program

Fall (15 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring

  • PY 102 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Summer Semester: US 105 (3)

Fall (18 hours)

  • ED 280 (3)
  • PS 103 (3)
  • PY 222 (3)
  • SS 200 (3)
  • US 107 (3)
  • Geography Elective (3)

Spring (18 hours)

  • EC 101 (3)
  • EH 103 (3)
  • EH 103 (3)
  • GH 315 (3)
  • WH1xx Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • EX 390 (3)
  • SE 350 (3)
  • WH 305 (3)
  • Political Science Elective (3)
  • Upper Level US History (3)

Spring (13 hours)

  • SE 307 (3)
  • SE 355 (3)
  • SE 365 (3)
  • Upper Level US History (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • SE 318 (3)
  • SE 380 (3)
  • SE 385 (3)
  • SE 390 (3)
  • Upper Level European History (3)

Spring (13 hours)

  • EF 400 (1)
  • SE 465 (12)

Contact

(573) 651-2146
jmcgaugh@semo.edu
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Caranahan Hall 311

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