Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education (7-12)

To be able to teach Social Studies in Pennsylvania (PA) public secondary schools, students need to declare a major in either History or Political Science and elect a concentration in secondary education.  In addition to completing requirements in their major, they need to fulfill the following requirements.

Admissions & Retention Requirements

Course Requirements

SECONDARY EDUCATION CORE COURSES (30 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credit
EDUC 200 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 201 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDUC 211 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 234 Child and Adolescent Development 3
EDUC 301 Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDUC 382 Methods of Classroom Management 3
EDUC 384 Inclusive Education 3
EDUC 403 Reading in the Content Area 3
EDUC 412 Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDUC 408 Education Seminar w/Field Experience (110 hrs) 3

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES

Course Number Course Name Credit
EDUC 417 Multicultural Education 3
KINE 201 First Aid 3

SOCIAL STUDIES CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (18 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credit
ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 201 or GEOG 201 People in Places or World Geography 3
ECON 203 or 204 Macroeconomics or Microeconomics 3
POLI 103 or 104 American Government or State/Local Government 3
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3

PROFESSIONAL SEMESTER (15 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credit
EDUC 410 Student Teaching 12
EDUC 420 Seminar in Student Teaching 3