Social Studies Education 7-12 - BS


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    Evan Greening, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education, assistant men’s basketball coach at Marymount University

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    Thinking about being a social studies teacher one day? Would you like to introduce students to new cultures? Give them history lessons? Teach them about government? Then our social studies education major might be just right for you. 

    As a social studies education major, you take all the necessary education and social studies-related courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom. But, it won't be all classroom work. You'll also get a chance to student teach in a middle school or high school class. 

    When you graduate, you'll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.

    What can you do with a degree in Social Studies Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    "The education program at Pitt-Bradford is synonymous with accomplishment.'' -- Heather Snider, who earned her degree in Social Studies Education 7-12 in 2011 

    All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall.

     

     

     

    Degree Requirements



    Course Requirements in the Major


    All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall. Students must complete all prescribed courses for the Social Studies Education Degree.


    All social studies education majors must complete the following education courses:



    All social studies education majors must complete the following core content courses.


    Twelve credits within the major must be international or cross-cultural in nature.


    Two courses from the following list:



    And each of the following:




    Required Electives


    • Upper-level History elective - 3 Credits
    • Upper-level Political Science elective - 3 Credits
    • MATH (Second college-level math class required.) - 3-4 Credits

    Collateral Areas


    24 credits with at least one course in each area

    • Anthropology (ANTH) - 3 Credits
    • Geography (GEOG) - 3 Credits
    • Economics (ECON) - 3 Credits
    • Psychology (  PSY 0101 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY )
    • Sociology (SOC) - 3 Credits
    • Two upper-level required collateral electives (Choose from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, PSY, and SOC) - 6 Credits



    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable


    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)


    Please be advised


    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.



    You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.

    Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major.  Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. 

    For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website

    Armstrong Donna

    Dr. Donna Dombek

    dma18@pitt.edu

    Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education

    814-362-7617

    151 Swarts Hall


    Brinda Wayne

    Dr. Wayne Brinda

    wjb27@pitt.edu

    Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education

    814-362-7532

    150 Swarts Hall


    Chitiyo, Jonathan

    Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo

    chitiyoj@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Special Education

    814-362-5153

    149 Swarts Hall


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