May 17, 2021  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog

Social Studies Education, BA

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 Teacher Education and Licensure.

Social Studies Education Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

129 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (102 credits)

Major: Social Studies Content (66 credits)

Major GPA Requirement: 2.50

Historical Perspectives and Diversified Social Studies (30 Credits)

Social Studies Education Supplemental Information  

Economics/Government Required Concentration (18 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (27 credits)

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

15-16 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

Required before EDCI 42300: Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

18 Credits

Required before EDCI 42300 : Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

Fall 3rd Year

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

18 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Test Requirements

Date: ________ Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

Date: ________ Content Tests

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

Date: ________ GATE B: TEP Retention


  • ** Course included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)
  • A 3.0 Graduation GPA and a 3.0 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.
  • 32 credit hours at the 30000 level or above required.
  • Social Studies Major GPA: 2.50
  • ^ At least 6 hours of each of these individual areas must be at the 30000-level or above: Ancient/Medieval/Modern selective, Government and Citizenship Area selectives, Economics/Government Concentration selectives, Sociology optional concentration, Psychology optional concentration.


Social Studies Education: 5-12

(US History, World History, Economics and Government & Citizenship)

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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