Dec 08, 2019  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Studies Education, BA

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About the Program

Social Studies Education reflects the best practices in teacher education and is aligned with state and national standards to prepare individuals to teach social studies at the secondary level. Students take courses in three areas: Historical Perspectives, and two additional areas chosen from Economics and/or Government and Citizenship, or Psychology or Sociology. Professional courses are grouped together and taken sequentially in 2 semester blocks. Each block has an associated Theory into Practice (TIP) field experience. The Social Studies Education Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure. For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting. For teacher licensure information, visit the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Social Studies Education  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

Program: SOC-SCI-BA
Code: SSED
Credit Hours: 129-130
“B” average and no grade lower than a “C-” in
Professional Education courses - See courses below.

Social Studies: Historical Perspectives and Diversified (30 credit hours - Major GPA: 2.50)

United States History

(UCC: Human Cultures Humanities)

Select Two Courses

(Not more than one course from the same area)


  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOC - Credit Hours: 3.00

Social Studies: Government and Citizenship

(18 credit hours - Major GPA: 2.50)

Select Five Courses

(Two courses at the 30000 level or above and at least one course from each area)

Choose one course from

Area I or Area II or Area III or Area IV: Pol - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (27-28 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

Program Requirements

(See your advisor for other options in creating your SSED Educational Plan of Study.)

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

15-16 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

18 Credits

Required before EDCI 42300 : Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

Fall 3rd Year

  • POL: AREA III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • US HIST Choice - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ECON Choice - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HIST: Ancient - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY Choice - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • EDPS 32700 - Assessment Literacy  ** 

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Required before EDCI 30900 , EDCI 43300 , & EDCI 49800 : Attempt/Pass all Content Tests

15 Credits

Selective Requirement List for ENGL Literature

EDTB - Elementary Education
GECI - General Education: Curriculum & Instruction
GEES - General Education: Educational Studies
SPED - Special Education: Mild Intervention & Elementary Education
SSED - Social Studies Education

Acceptable Course List - English Literature - 3 credits


* Satisfies a University Core Requirement
** Course included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)

Additional Information

Date: ________ Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

Date: ________ Content Tests

Date: ________ GATE A: Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Date: ________ GATE B: TEP Retention

Criminal History Background Check and Student Self-Disclosure Statement

A current Criminal Background Check must be on file in the Office of Field Experiences (OFE). The Student Self-Disclosure Statement is submitted to OFE at the start of a Foundational course in which you complete a course-related field experience placement, EDCI 20500  or EDPS 23500  or EDPS 26500 . For additional information please visit


129-130 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

A 3.00 Graduation GPA and a 3.00 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.

32 credit hours at the 30000 level or above required.

(Social Studies Education: 5-12)

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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