2021-2022 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).


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • POS 105  American Politics
  • MAT Course
  • Approved U.S./British Literature Course
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 396  Teaching of Social Studies 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
ANT 100  Intro to Anthropology 3
ECO 100  Elements of Economics 3
GEO 100  Introduction to Geography 3
SOC 100  Principles of Sociology 3
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
HIS 104  History of Western Society to 1500  OR  HIS 111  World Civilization to 1500 3
HIS 106  History of Western Society since 1500  OR  HIS 112  World Civilizations since 1500 3
HIS 3XX  Non-Western Elective 3
HIS 3XX  Elective 3
Social Studies Elective 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Student Selected (science recommended)

* EDU 333, 310, 350 and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses." POS 105 fulfills general education requirements and is also considered part of the "Required Content Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program. Social Studies elective begins with ANT, PSY, ECO, GEO, POS, SOC or HIS.

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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