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Academic Program Guide

Social Science Education

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

Contact: Advisor
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
Social Science Education is a teacher preparation program designed to prepare personnel to teach history and social science in grades 6-12. The program includes coursework in various social science areas such as economics, world history, political science, and American history, as well as coursework in teaching methodology.

Prerequisite Coursework

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major

Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental teacher education application can be accessed from Students are formally admitted into this major for the Fall term only.

Current FSU students: Submit department application by April 1st

Transfer students: Submit department application by April 1st

Submit University application by April 1st

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete General Education requirements or earn an A.A. degree, within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of C minus or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the Social Science Ed. Program Prerequisites with grades of C minus or higher
4. Complete the Pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or higher
5. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge portion of the FTCE, and
6. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum
7. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate General Bulletin.

* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. *

State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Prerequisite Coursework:

Pre-education coursework: (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Social Science Ed. Program Prerequisites: (15 hours)
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 Social Science content (6): POS X041, ECO X023, ECO X2013, WOH X023, WOH X030, GEO X400, GEOX330, or GEAX000

Courses may also satisfy General Education and/or graduation requirements.


Major Program of Study at FSU: (96 hours)

Undergraduate Social Science Education Core: (24 hours)
SSE 4xxx (3) Teaching as a Profession
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
SSE 4xxx (3) Teaching Citizenship
EDF 4430 (3) Classroom Assessment
EEX 4xxx (3) Foundations
TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Areas
RED 4335 (3) Literacy Across the Content Areas
4xxx (3) Education Elective

Undergraduate Social Science Content: (36 hours)
Economics (6 hours: ECO 2013, ECO 2023)
Geography (3 hours)
American Government (3 hours)
Political Science (3 hours)
American History (9 hours: AMH 2010, AMH 2020 and one course at the 3000/4000 level)
World History (6 hours: WOH 1023, WOH 1030)
Non European history (3 hours)
Additional history courses at the 3000/4000 level (3 hours)

*Twelve (12) hours of content should be completed with General Education coursework

Graduate Coursework: (36 hours)
SSE 5367 (3) Fundamentals in Teaching Social Studies
SSE 5195 (3) Developing a Global Perspective
SSE 5665 (3) Inquiry in Teaching Social Studies
5xxx (3) Culturally Relevant Teaching
SSE 5386 (3) Goals and Methods for the Teaching of History
SSE 5xxx (3) Shaping Teaching & Learning
5xxx (3) Education Elective
SSE 5943 (3) Field Lab Internship
5xxx (3) Practitioner Research 1
SSE 5947 (9) Internship for Graduate Students
SSE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive exam

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

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework successful completion of the course. The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 144
General Education: 36
Pre-Education Coursework: 3
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 9
Undergraduate Social Science Education Core: 24
Undergraduate Social Science Content: 36
Graduate Coursework: 36
Computer Skills: 3 (within General Education/elective coursework)
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 (within General Education/elective coursework)

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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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