Degree and Certification Overview

This degree is a bachelor of science in education in middle school education with an emphasis in social studies.

Additionally, upon successfully completing the initial teacher-certification process, the state grants you certification in middle school social studies (grades 5 through 9).

Program of Study

This program encompasses three areas of study:

Phase I: Freshman – Sophomore Year

You are automatically accepted into Phase I with admittance to the University.

Course Work

The majority of your time in Phase I is spent completing your general-education requirements.

Course work through the College of Education focuses on facilitating learning at all levels of development. Consideration is given to the influences of cultural, political, historical and economic factors on students, teachers and schools.

Field Experiences

Field experiences in Phase I include:

  • Sixteen hours in a classroom environment tutoring and working with students in small groups under teacher supervision.
  • Twenty hours in a service-learning environment serving in community organizations (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Granny’s House).

Phase II: Junior Year – First Semester Senior year

You must apply for admittance into Phase II in the spring of your sophomore year. Admissions is capped at approximately 30 students. For more information about the application process, please consult your adviser.

Course Work

In this phase, focus shifts to the field of middle school social studies education. Through course work, you consider different ways to teach social studies to middle school students.

Field Experiences

Spend at least 20 hours working in middle school communication arts classrooms helping to teach social studies to middle school students.

Phase III: Second Semester Senior Year

You are assigned to a classroom for a 16-week, full-time internship under the mentorship of an experienced middle school social studies teacher.