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Academic Program Guide

Social Science Education

College: Education
Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Robert Birken or Frank Amidon
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
The Social Science Education BS/MS program is designed to prepare students to teach Social Science in secondary school settings (grades 6 - 12). The program includes coursework in various social science areas such as American history, world history, political science and economics as well as coursework in teaching methodology.

Upon graduation, you will earn both a both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Science Education and will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Social Science (grades 6 - 12). The Social Science Education program is a Florida state-approved initial teacher preparation program.

Combined BS/MS Degree Program Notice
The Social Science Education program is a combined BS/MS degree program. The BS/MS program requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree program requires a 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA and official GRE scores (Verbal: 146, Quantitative: 140, Writing: 3.0). Students must complete the Master's portion of the combined-degree program to receive the Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework (15 hours)

Pre-Education Coursework (3 Credit Hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better:
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Social Science Content Prerequisite Coursework (12 Credit Hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better:

AMH X010 (3) History of the United States through the Civil War
AMH X020 (3) History of the United States since the Civil War
Two courses from the following subject areas (6): ECO, GEA, GEO, POS, WHO. Recommended courses: POS X041, ECO X023, ECO X2013, WOH X023, WOH X030, GEO X400, GEOX330, or GEAX000

Admission to Educator Preparation
Admission to Educator Preparation is separate and distinct from admission to upper-division from lower-division or admission to the university as a transfer student. All prospective students for Social Science Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education. The Educator Preparation application is available online at

Application Deadline
The Social Science Education program only accepts applications for the Fall semester. Educator Preparation applications are due April 1. All application materials including official transcripts and official FTCE General Knowledge Exam scores must be received by application deadline. The College of Education reserves the right to deny any application that is not complete by the application deadline.

Common Admission Requirements
All prospective students to Educator Preparation must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

1. Complete 60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
2. Earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework.
3. Complete FSU General Education curriculum or earn an AA degree from a Florida public institution.
4. Complete a Natural Science Lab course with a C minus or better.
5. Complete Oral Communication Competency (Speech) requirement with a C minus or better.
6. Complete Computer Skills Competency requirement with a C minus or better (EME 2040 recommended).
7. Complete Diversity requirement with a C minus or better (EDF 2085 recommended).
8. Complete EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education with a C minus or better.
9. Earn passing scores on all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students must satisfy the university’s minimum requirements for admission including demonstration of satisfactory academic progress, college-level English and mathematics proficiency, and world language proficiency. See for details.

FTCE General Knowledge Exam
The FTCE General Knowledge Exam (GK Exam) is a state-mandated entrance exam for all Educator Preparation programs in the State of Florida. No student may be admitted to an Educator Preparation program without official passing scores on all four sections on the GK Exam. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information on the GK Exam including test preparation resources please visit


Major Program of Study at FSU: (84 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (24 hours)
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
EEX 4XXX (3) Special Education Content Course
RED 4335 (3) Literacy Across the Content Area
SSE 3XXX (3) Classroom Assessment in Social Studies Classrooms
SSE 4XXX (3) Teaching as a Profession
SSE 4XXX (3) Teaching Citizenship
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area
Education Elective (3): 4000 level

Undergraduate Content-Area Coursework (24 hours)
ECO 2013 (3) Content Course: Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 2023 (3) Content Course: Principles of Microeconomics
GEA 1000 (3) Content Course: World Geography
WOH 1023 (3) Content Course: The Modern World to 1815
WOH 1030 (3) Content Course: The Modern World after 1815
American History 3000/4000 (3). Recommended: AMH 3540 or AMH 4172
Political Science 3000/4000 (3). Recommended: POS 4413, POS 4424, POS 4606, or POS 3122
Non-European History of any level (3). Recommended: LAH 3500, ASH 3100, or ASH 1044

Graduate Coursework: (36 hours)
EDG 5709 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction
EDG 5XXX (3) Practitioner Research I
SSE 5195 (3) Developing a Global Perspective
SSE 5367 (3) Fundamentals in Teaching Social Studies
SSE 5386 (3) Goals and Methods for Teaching History
SSE 5665 (3) Inquiry in Teaching Social Studies
SSE 5943 (3) Field Laboratory Internship
SSE 5947 (9) Internship for Graduate Students
SSE 5XXX (3) Shaping Teaching & Learning
SSE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive Exam
Education Elective (3): 5000 Level

University-Wide Graduation Requirements:

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours) Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Oral Communication Competency: (3 hours) Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Natural Science Lab: (1 hour) Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Scholarship-In-Practice: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (TSL 4324)

Upper-Division Writing: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (RED 4335)

Program Completion
All Educator Preparation candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Department of Education Uniform Core Curriculum and positive dispositions prior to graduation. Upon admission to the program, students will receive a cohort specific Educator Preparation Handbook that outlines these requirements in detail. A copy of the current Educator Preparation Handbook is available online at

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 154
General Education: 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 12
Computer Skills: 3
Oral Communication Competency: 3
Natural Science Lab: 1
Pre-Education Coursework: 3
Social Science Content Prerequisite Coursework: 12
Undergraduate Major Coursework: 24
Undergraduate Content-Area Coursework: 24
Graduate Major Coursework: 36

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. All of the major course semester hours, must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Teacher of Social Science - Junior/Middle High or High School, Overseas Teacher, Tutor, Museum Educator, Educational Administrator, Teacher of Higher Education (Community College and University).

Representative Employers: School Boards, Government, Private Schools.

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