Composite Social Studies (7-12) with Teacher Certification

(51 credit hours of relevant content coursework)

This major provides content area preparation for students who want to teach social studies in high school, grades 7-12. It includes the study of history, geography, government, economics, 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 45 hours of content coursework, plus what the School of Education requires for teacher certification. All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework. It is a highly competitive and desirable degree in that it allows graduates to teach classes in any of the subjects listed above. In conjunction with your advisor, the degree entails the equivalent of at least 51 credit hours of relevant content 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 No. Course Name
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching ESL 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 & Instruction in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 4320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers** 3
EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar 4
EDUC 4894 Clinical Teaching in the High School Grades 8
Composite Social Studies (7-12):
ECON 2311 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2312 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GOVT 2360 Understanding Politics 3+
GOVT Any upper level GOVT 3
HIST 2311 Western Civilization I 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2313 U.S. History to 1877 3 (LACC*)
HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877 3 (LACC*)
HIST 3388 Comparative World Civilizations 3
HIST 3333 History of Texas 3
INDC 4390 Advanced Elements of Social Studies 3
GOVT 2313 American & TX Government I 3
GOVT 2334 American & TX Government II 3
GOVT 2360 Understanding Politics 3
PSYC 1313 General Psychology 3 (LACC*)
PSYC Any 3 hours of upper level PSYC 3
SOCI 1313 Principles of Sociology 3
SOCI Any 3 hours of upper level SOCI 3

*LACC indicates courses that are also 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.