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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 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

129-130 Credits Required

Social Studies: Historical Perspectives and Diversified

(30 credit hours - Major GPA: 2.50)

United States History

(UCC: Human Cultures Humanities)

Select Two Courses

Defense, Cultural Pluralism and Political History
(Not more than one course from the same area)

Select Three Courses


  • 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)

English Literature Acceptable Course List (3 credits)

Movie and film courses are not accepted for the English literature requirement.

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, 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 **

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

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


* Satisfies a University Core Requirement

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

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

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

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