Apr 02, 2023  
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary Education (6-12), Social Studies

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Leads to an endorsement in Secondary History & Social Sciences

Program of Study - Secondary Social Studies

Freshman and Sophomore Years (6 credits)

EDUC 301 Educational Psychology (3)  

EDUC 310 Social, Philosophical, Cultural & Historical Foundations of American Education (3)  +

If EDUC 301 and EDUC 310 are not taken during freshman and sophomore years, they must be taken during the junior year.

Fall (15 credits)

EDUC 305 Digital Humanities (3)  

EDUC 312 Characteristics of Exceptional Student Populations (Secondary) (3)  +

EDUC 320 Clinical Experiences in Secondary Schools (Social Studies) (3)  

EDUC 460 Content Reading and Writing (3)  

EDUC 440 Curriculum and Instructional Methods (Social Studies) (3)  

Spring (12 credits)

EDUC 311 Classroom Organization, Management, and Discipline (3)  +

EDUC 447 Curriculum Planning and Assessment in Secondary Social Studies (3)  

EDUC 494 Internship in Supervised Teaching (Social Studies) (6)  

Total Credit Hours: 33

+If exempted from this course for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education and complete a state mandated training module that is linked to this course.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students are required to achieve passing scores on assessments prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education, both for program completion and for licensure. Virginia’s mandated licensure assessments are graduation requirements.

CPR/AED/First Aid Training - Candidates seeking initial license in Virginia are required to complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the use of an automated external defibrillator, and first aid. Training courses are available through national emergency care organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. CPR training must include “hands-on” training. Evidence of certification must be presented when applying to the VDOE for licensure.

Endorsement Courses for Secondary Social Studies

The following subject area coursework is required for the social studies endorsement:

  1. A major in History or Government (or equivalent 33 semester hours)
    1. 12 hours in Government - needed for a History major (coursework must include at least 3 hours of American government or politics)
    2. 18 hours in History - needed for a Government major (coursework must include at least 6 hours of American or US History)
  2. 3 hours in Economics (micro or macro)
  3. 3 hours in Human Geography
  4. 3 hours in Non-Western History/Culture
  5. 3 hours in Sociology
  6. 3 hours in Anthropology