Secondary Education - Social Studies Concentration

Secondary Education - Social Studies Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Social Studies Concentration

Positively impact the future as a middle or high school social studies teacher.

Promote civic responsibility and social engagement with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a social studies concentration from California University of Pennsylvania. This undergraduate program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania, so you can graduate career-ready.

At Cal U, you'll learn from the best. All core professors in this program have doctorate degrees and years of real-world teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms.

Gain teaching experience while earning your bachelor's degree.

  • Combine courses in college-level social studies with classes in the latest teaching methods, and learn best practices for the instruction of social studies.
  • Participate in fieldwork and student teaching to develop your skills and help you stand out in the secondary education job market.


Strong Reputation
Cal U was founded as a teachers college, and we've been producing top-quality Pennsylvania educators for more than 165 years.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Field experiences in local Pennsylvania schools prior to student teaching.
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Degree Benefits

In this affordable bachelor's degree program you'll expand your knowledge of social studies while gaining mastery of the latest practices and theories in social studies education.

  • Study social studies curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology tools for teaching social studies.

  • Deepen your knowledge of history, anthropology, U.S. politics, geography and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

  • Have the option to get special education certification along with your social studies certification

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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of this program you'll be prepared to teach secondary education social studies, history and related subjects at public, private or charter schools. You can also pursue graduate-level study in education and teaching. Program alumni employers include dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Social Studies Certification Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree
Dr. Michael Perotti gives instruction on a computer for social studies.

Professors with First-hand Knowledge

Study best practices in social studies teaching with our experienced faculty. For example, Dr. Michael Perrotti has 15 years of teaching experience in public schools, including time serving as chair of the social studies department.


Course Spotlight: Teaching of Social Studies

Coordinate your knowledge of the social studies disciplines (history, geography, civics and government, economics, anthropology, psychology and sociology) with a range of teaching strategies for grades 7-12. Emphasis is given to the design, delivery and assessment methods that meet Pennsylvania academic standards for social studies education.


Action Research Project

As a secondary education major, you'll carry out an action research project to investigate how your teaching impacts students' learning. You'll also have opportunities to perform research in social studies in your courses and through the Center for Undergraduate Research.

Social Studies Concentration Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

Our rigorous courses are constantly evolving to equip you with the most up-to-date theories and practices in the field of social studies education. Undergraduate degree program classes and fieldwork fulfill state requirements for Pennsylvania teaching certification.



Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
HIS 101 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
Math Course 3
General Education Course 3
Second Semester 15
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3
HIS 102 History of the U.S. Since 1877 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
General Education Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ECO 100 Elements of Economics 3
GEO 100 Introduction to Geography 3
HIS 104 History of Western Civilization to 1500 OR HIS 111 World Civilization to 1500 3
POS 105 American Politics 3
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 3
Fourth Semester 15
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning   3
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
HIS 106 History of Western Society Since 1500 OR HIS 112 World Civilization Since 1500 3
SEC 210 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220 Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
PSY 360 Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
SEC 310 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350 Content Area Literacy 3
SOC 100 Principles of Sociology 3
General Education Course 3
Sixth Semester 15
EDU 310 Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
HIS 104 History of Western Civilization to 1500 OR HIS 111 World Civilization to 1500 3
HIS 3xx Non-Western History Course 3
SEC 400 Classroom Management 3
SEC 420 Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners 3
ESP 413 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
HIS 3xx
SEC 396 Teaching of Social Studies 3
Social Studies Elective 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 121


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