Secondary Social Studies Education
The Secondary Social Studies Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach U.S. History, World History and Geography in grades 7-12. Numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available. One hundred percent of those who complete our program pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.
Social Studies teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum and instruction, and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas. With some additional coursework, Social Studies teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Special Education and Gifted Education. With a Master’s degree, teachers can be certified as counselors or as principals.
In addition to teaching social studies, history, geography or economics, a person with a degree in secondary social studies can be applied to various professions within the public and private sectors, including careers in:
• government, law, health services, law enforcement,
• human resources, community service,
• administration, business management,
• social work, psychology, or sociology
• various federal government positions
HI 1043 - World History to 1600 (3 cr.)
HI 1053 - World History Since 1600 (3 cr.)
HI 1493 - U.S. History, 1865-Present (3 cr.)
HI 3323 - History and Government of Oklahoma (3 cr.)
SS 3263 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies (3 cr.)
Additional upper-division course in American History (3 cr.)
Additional upper-division course in World History (3 cr.)
EC 1603 – Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
GE 3113 - World Geography and Cultures (3 cr.)
PO 3013 - International Relations (3 cr.)
PO 3023 - Branches of Government (3 cr.)
SO 4013 - Language and Society (3 cr.)
TH 3443 - World Religious Traditions (3 cr.)
PY 3113 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr.) or
PY 4113 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities (2 cr.)
TH 3202 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (2 cr.)
ED 3000 - Professional Education Mentoring (0 cr.)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
ED 3002 - Middle Level Education (2 cr.)
PY 4223- Test and Measurements (3cr)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)
For a complete coursework overview for Secondary Social Studies Education, download the Program of Study here.
Each candidate will complete 75 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.
Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.
We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our Secondary Social Studies Education program graduates pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. We have Social Studies Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma, working as teachers and coaches.