Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education

Associate Professor: Joan Swanson, John Villemaire 
Assistant Professor: Dale Boyle, Elizabeth Lapon 

Certification in Social Studies Education is for grades 5-8 or 5-12. In addition to completing the General and Liberal Education Core requirements, it is recommended that students in this program complete a major in History (Social Studies) designed for certification candidates and complete the required education courses. In order to satisfy certification requirements, students in this certification program may have requirements that non-certification students do not have. 

In addition to the required education courses listed below, students must meet with both the education advisor and their history major advisor to select courses. This dual advising system is critical to ensuring that they are meeting all of the relevant content certification standards within the content major.


Required Education Courses for Social Studies Education 
ED105 Educational Psychology
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society 
ED224 Design and Management of the Learning Environment 30 hours 
ED308 Introduction to Assessment
ED312 Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners 15 hours 
ED316 Methods in Teaching Social Studies
ED350 Teaching Literacy across the Curriculum 15 hours
ED360 Best Practices in a Secondary Context 30 hours 
Total field hours prior to student teaching 90 hours
ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
ED492 Student Teaching 16 weeks                                    

Specific Testing for Certification 
• Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing in Social Studies

History Education Track
In addition to all graduation requirements, student must complete a minimum of 35 credits in History. 

Required Core Courses 
HS214  Introduction to Public History 
HS301 Historical Methods 
HS410  Senior Research Seminar 
HS411  History Competency Exam 
HS450  History Senior Portfolio Assessment Two 200-level HS courses 
Three 300-level HS courses 
Choose one Concentration: 

Social Studies Concentration – 9 credits 
HS235  Topics in World History 
HS308  From Sea to Shining Sea: the Geography of the United States 
HS319  History of New England

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Social Studies

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MT130

Mathematics for K-8 Educators

3

ED112 or ED105

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society or Educational Psychology

3

ED112 or ED105

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society or Educational Psychology

3

______

Primary Major

3

GLE101

First Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

Primary Major

3

GLE110

First Year Composition

3

PO201

U.S. Government

3

______

HS 102 or 104

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15


Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED224

Design and Management of the Learning Environment

3

ED 350

Teaching Literacy Across the curriculum

3

ET101 or 102

Economics

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Natural Science

4

______

GLE Natural Science

4

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED308

Introduction to Assessment

3

ED312

Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

______

Primary Major

3

ED316

Methods in teaching Social Studies

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED360

Best Practices in a Secondary Context

3

ED492

Secondary Student Teaching

14

______

Primary Major

3

ED487

Secondary Student Teaching Seminar

1

______

Primary Major

3

 

 

 

______

Primary Major

3

 

 

 

______

Primary Major

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

 

Total Credits

122

               

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

HS235 Topics in World History
HS308 Sea to Shining Sea: US Geography
HS319 HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND