Composite Social Studies (4-8) with Teacher Certification

This major provides content-area preparation for students who want to teach social studies in middle school, grades 4-8. It includes the study of history, geography, government, psychology and sociology. These subjects are taught as an integrated whole in middle school, and not as separate subjects as they are in high school. This major requires 39 hours of content coursework, plus what the College of Education requires for teacher certification. All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework.

Pre-Education Requirements:

EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Education Thought

Courses Taken After Admission to Teacher Certification Program:
Course Course Name
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching ESL 3
EDBI 4305 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDRE 4330 Teaching Content Area Reading Skills 3
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 4325 Educating Gifted Learners 3
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children 3
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar 1
ETEC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 4311 Curriculum and Instruction in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 4320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers** 3
EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar 4
EDUC 4983 Clinical Teaching in the Middle School Grades 8
Composite Social Studies (4-8)
ECON 2311 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2312 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government I 3
GOVT 2334 American & Texas Government II 3
GOVT 2360 Understanding Politics 3
HIST 2311 Western Civilization I 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2313 U.S. History to1877 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877 3 (LACC*)
HIST 3333 History of Texas 3
HIST 3388 Comparative World Civilizations
INDC 4380 Essential Elements of Social Studies 3
INDC 4390 Advanced Elements of Social Studies 3
PSYC 1313 General Psychology 3 (LACC*)
6 hours of advanced coursework from ECONHISTPSYC or SOCI 9

*LACC indicates courses that have been taken in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

**Drawing on the subject-specific training and expertise of our faculty, EDUC 4320 provides subject-specific methods of instruction via textbooks, teaching, and assignments aligned with standards for teacher preparation at the state and national levels. Each assignment and assignment rubric is keyed to state and national teacher preparation standards, and allows for collaboration, feedback, practice in teaching via lessons in the college classroom, and fieldwork in local diverse middle/high schools, and supports learning groups. Students enroll in the course section of EDUC 4320 that pertains to their subject.