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Social Studies Education (5-12), Bachelor of Science

120 credits

The BS in Social Studies Education program leads to certification to teach social studies in grades 5 through 12. Because the prospective social studies teacher must be proficient in a number of disciplines, the Social Studies Education curriculum requires a depth of understanding from a broad panorama of social and cultural experience. The course work is specifically designed to address those competencies outlined by state and national curriculum standards.

This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Social Studies Education program are eligible for 5-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire's membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state's department of education. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section in the Catalog. Please also visit plymouth.edu/office/educator-preparation/.

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Social Studies Internship in Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires all persons who regularly come into contact with pupils on a daily basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher certification candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships.

In order for teacher certification candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher certification candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

A minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average is required to take Social Studies Internship in Teaching. In addition, students must have earned a minimum C grade in all Social Science Content disciplines (AN, EC, GE, HI, PO, PS, SO) and Social Studies Education (SSE) courses.


Degree Requirements

Credits

EC 3400 Economics for Educators 3
ED 3350 Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO) 3
GE 3020 Geography for Educators (GACO) 3
HI 2010 World History Since 1500 (GACO) 3
HI 2020 Surveying Themes in United States History 3
PO 1020 American Government 3
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
SSE 2500 Planning, Management, and Organization of Social Studies Curriculum 3
SSE 2510 Teaching Lab I in Social Studies 1
SSE 3010 Theories of Learning and Assessment in Social Studies (QRCO) 3
SSE 3500 Diversity in Social Studies Education (DICO) 3
SSE 3510 Teaching Lab II in Social Studies 1
SSE 4500 Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning (INCO) 3
SSE 4510 Teaching Lab III in Social Studies 1
SSE 4630 Social Studies Seminar 1
SSE 4640 Internship in Secondary Social Studies 12
Group A - complete one of the following: 3
AN 2210 Cultural Anthropology (GACO)
PS 2010 Introduction to General Psychology
SO 2220 Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
Social Science Core - complete an additional two 1000/2000 level courses in the following disciplines: 6
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
Concentration Disciplines - complete 12 credits of 3000/4000 level courses in ONE of the following disciplines, including the Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO):12
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
HI 3000/4000 level course if Concentration is not History [not HIDI] 3-0
Social Science Disciplines - complete 6-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses in the following disciplines: 6-9
AN Anthropology [not ANDI]
EC Economics [not ECDI]
EPL Environmental Planning
GE Geography [not GEDI]
HI History [not HIDI]
PO Political Science [not PODI]
PS Psychology [not PSDI]
SO Sociology [not SODI]
TMP Tourism Management and Policy
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 11-9

Social Studies Internship in Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70. Student also must have earned a minimum C grade in all Social Studies Content disciplines (AN, EC, EPL, GE, HI, PO, PS, SO, TMP) and Social Studies Education (SSE) courses.

Students must have completed 18 credits in a single Concentration discipline through combined core and upper-level courses (not including Directions courses).

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.