2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Social Studies: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Social Studies: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach social studies in middle and high school (grades 7-12) settings. Through this program, students build competencies and knowledge related to teaching, history, political science and geography. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

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

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

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