Overview


Analyzing the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, history, political science, etc.) is critical to understanding the cultural similarities and differences across our global society, as well as achieving social progression. By earning your Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a Concentration in Teacher Education, you will have the knowledge to critique ongoing social issues with your future students and lead the following generations of change agents.

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Benefits 

Our program will provide you with many advantages that ensure an exceptional and accessible education:

  • Classes are offered in on-campus, online, and hybrid formats to accommodate all types of schedules.

  • Most accessible tuition rate in Chicagoland area.

  • Program leads to Initial Secondary Licensure–qualifying you to teach Secondary Social Sciences.

  • Field experiences and student teaching are integrated into program coursework to give you the opportunity of gaining valuable training and professional connections.

  • Skills acquired in program will enable you to educate students on how to make an impact the world and create positive social change.

     
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    Specializations

    In this program, you will have the opportunity to specialize in five, or fewer, Social Sciences areas that you wish to teach. After completing the necessary content courses and exams, you will have the certification to share your knowledge in those subjects with your students. 

    Here are the five Social Sciences specializations our program offers:

    • History
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Anthropology/Sociology

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    Subsequent Endorsement

     

    Middle Grades Social Studies Endorsement

    Want to focus on teaching social sciences in middle school? With only 3 additional credit hours and completion of the ILTS Content Test for Middle Grades, you can receive the preparation you need to guide middle school students towards social progress by graduating with your Middle Grades Social Studies Endorsement.


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    Program Coordinator


    Dr. Lisa Pennington
    “The Secondary Social Science program at GSU provides students a strong content background and the pedagogical skills to be a teacher who can actively engage students in the study of social sciences disciplines.  Students are prepared through multiple and diverse field placements to gain experience in actual educational contexts, and through course work that combines theory and content with hands on learning experiences.”

    – Dr. Lisa Pennington, Social Sciences with a Concentration in Teacher Education Program Coordinator


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    Admission Requirements


    • Have a cumulative average G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program.

    • Submit a word-processed essay, under 300 words in length, explaining why you wish to be a teacher.

    • Complete EDUC - 2310 Foundations of Education (3), (or equivalent) with a grade of "B" or better.

    • Attend Secondary Education Orientation.

    If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Undergraduate Advisor Nichole Dalaly at ndalaly@govst.edu or 708-534-4569.

     

    <b>Financial Aid</b>

    Financial Aid

    Find out how you can graduate with little to no debt with our various resources for financial aid.

    <b>Open House</b>

    Open House

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    <b>How to Apply</b>

    How to Apply

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