Social Studies Education (5-12)

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionLearning OutcomesDegree Requirements

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.

Social studies is at the center of a good school curriculum because it is where students learn to see and interpret the world. Future social studies educators must be prepared to think deeply, critically, and adapt instruction to promote students’ understanding in a complex and ever-changing world.

Generally, “social studies” is considered an amalgamation of disciplines in history, government, economics, geography, and behavioral sciences. As such, pre-service teachers must be prepared to teach the unique literacies of each discipline and work to promote understanding within (depth) and across (breadth) disciplines. This is no small task as social studies teachers accept the awesome responsibility to help young people develop as enlightened and engaged democratic citizens in a culturally diverse society, and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good.

The course work is specifically designed to address competencies outlined by state and national curriculum standards. This program meets the requirements of both the state and national accrediting agencies including the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

By graduation, teacher candidates who have majored in Social Studies Education will have developed the knowledge, disposition, and ability to:

  1. Create learning opportunities at the appropriate school levels that support learners’ intellectual, social, and personal development.
  2. Create learning experiences that fit the different approaches to learning of diverse learners.
  3. Develop a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
  4. Develop appropriate school level learning environments that encourage social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  5. Employ verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques that foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  6. Plan instruction for the appropriate school levels, based on understanding of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
  7. Create and evaluate student learning using various formats including performance-based, discussion, traditional testing techniques, and portfolio assessments.
  8. Create formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of learners.
  9. Foster cross-subject matter collaboration and other positive associations with parents and others in the larger community to support student learning and well-being.
  10. Demonstrate the responsibility of being reflective practitioners and continuous learners.

Degree Requirements (120 credits)


Tier I – Pedagogy
Group A – complete ALL of the following pedagogy courses with a minimum grade of C: 34
ED 3350 Classroom Planning, Management, and Organization for Middle School and Secondary Educators (TECO)
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary
SSE 2500 Planning, Management, and Organization of Social Studies Curriculum
SSE 2510 Teaching Lab I in Social Studies
SSE 3010 Theories of Learning and Assessment in Social Studies (QRCO)
SSE 3500 Diversity in Social Studies Education (DICO)
SSE 3510 Teaching Lab II in Social Studies
SSE 4500 Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning (INCO)
SSE 4510 Teaching Lab III in Social Studies
SSE 4630 Social Studies Seminar
SSE 4640 Internship in Secondary Social Studies
Tier II – Content Core: Foundations and Breadth
Group B – complete ALL of the following content courses with a minimum grade of C: 12
HI 2010 World History Since 1500 (GACO)
HI 2020 Surveying Themes in United States History
HI 2222 Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO)
PO 1020 American Government
Group C – complete ONE of the following: 3
AN 2210 Cultural Anthropology (GACO)
PS 2010 Introduction to General Psychology
SO 2220 Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
Group D – complete 3 credits at the 1000/2000 level in ANY of the following disciplines – AN/EC/GE/HI/PO/PS/SO (not ANDI, ECDI, GEDI, PODI, PSDI or SODI): 3
Group E – complete BOTH of the following: 6
EC 3400 Economics for Educators
GE 3020 Geography for Educators (GACO)
Tier III – Content Core: Upper-division Concentrations
3000/4000 level History Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) 3
Complete only ONE Specialization group: 18
History Specialization and other Concentration
9 credits of 3000/4000 level History courses — HI only
9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses in any of the following disciplines – AN/EC/GE/PO/PS/SO
Non-history Specialization and other Concentration
12 credits of 3000/4000 level courses in ONE of the following disciplines – AN/EC/GE/PO/PS/SO
6 credits of 3000/4000 level courses in ANY of the following disciplines – AN/EC/GE/HI/PO/PS/SO
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 3.00. Students also must earn a minimum grade of C in all Group A and Group B courses.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.