2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Social Studies: Secondary/Special Education 7-12

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Social Studies: Secondary/Special Education 7-12 degree is designed for individuals interested in teaching middle and high school social studies in special education settings. The program develops students' knowledge of teaching and special education as well as history, geography, political science and related disciplines. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Certification that includes Special Education may require an extra semester to complete.

Note:  This is a dual certification, not a dual degree.

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 sections include an eight-semester schedule of courses provided as a recommended framework for completing the certification programs in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 17
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877 3
MAT XXX  Math Elective 3
PSY 100  Introduction to Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
GEN ED: Natural Science with Lab 3 or 4
Second Semester 18
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 311  Assessment and PBS 3
HIS 102  U.S. History since 1878 3
MAT XXX  Math Elective 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
Approved American/British Literature Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
ECO 100  Elements of Economics 3
GEO 100  Introduction to Geography 3
HIS 104  History of Western Civilization 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SOC 100  Principles of Sociology 3
GEN ED: Fine Arts Course 3
Fourth Semester 18
ANT 100  Introduction to Anthropology 3
HIS 106  History of Western Society 3
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
SEC 220  Standards-Based Ed in Sec Ed 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Sec Ed 3
GEN ED: Health and Wellness Course 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
ESP 312  ABA for Special Education 3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I 3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
POS 105  American Politics 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
Sixth Semester 18
ESP 406  Transition Planning and Instruction
ESP 411  Special Education History, Theory and Excpt. 3
ESP 413  EBP for Secondary Education 3
HIS XXX  History Elective 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 18
EDU 350  Supporting the English Language Learner 3
ESP 333  Tech in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II 3
ESP 402  Life Skills: Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 418  Advanced EBP for Secondary Ed 3
SEC 396  Teaching of Social Studies 3
Eighth Semester 15
ESP 461  Student Teaching
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching  6
Total 140

Program Notes

  • Student teaching will consist of a split placement between Special and Secondary Education. In addition, field experience will be completed for both certification areas.
  • All required courses need a grade of "C" or higher.