May 21, 2022
Requirements for Program
This B.A. includes completion of an approved plan in the academic specialty teaching social studies. No teacher certification is awarded with the B.A. Students desiring to go on to Master’s with Initial Certification must apply to the Graduate School and apply to the Secondary Social Studies Education Program Faculty in the spring of their senior year.
To receive the B.A. degree, students must: (1) complete the UK Core requirements; (2) complete one of the secondary social studies education plans; and (3) complete 100 hours of fieldwork with adolescents through the required 3 hour course:
EDC 362 - FIELD EXPERIENCES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION Credit(s): 3
Following completion of the secondary social studies major, students will demonstrate the following: (1) a reflective understanding of American society, its past and contemporary situation, and its place in the larger world; (2) an ability to apply social science concepts and use inquiry and interpretive skills; (3) a historical perspective; (4) a multicultural and global perspective; and (5) an ability to learn from participation in the community (from local to global) affairs and service. Students should consider experiences such as study abroad and internships in government and social agencies, as well as course work, in preparation for social studies teaching.
- Because certification occurs through the Masters in Education including certification (MIC), students should be aware that they will need to be formally admitted to the MIC program. Admission/Retention/Completion regulations for all teacher certification programs are specified in the section “Admission, Retention and Completion from Teacher Education Programs”.
- Oral and written communication skills of applicants for the MIC program in social studies education will be assessed at the time of the interview, and through the entrance portfolio.
- Admission to the Masters in Education with initial certification is competitive; completion of the Bachelors in Secondary Social Studies Education does not guarantee admission to the Masters in Education with certification program.
- Students are reminded that they will be teaching about the whole world; somewhere in the 66 hours they should have at least one course about each world region.
- Students also need to be prepared to teach U.S. history from an interdisciplinary perspective and a multicultural perspective.
- Students need breadth and depth. Students are strongly urged to take nine hours in two of the subjects in their support area.
Statement on Student Teaching
There is no student teaching required for completion of the secondary social studies education major. Student teaching occurs as part of the Masters in Education with certification.
I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity
II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities
III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences
IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
V. Composition and Communication I
VI. Composition and Communication II
VII. Quantitative Foundations
VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning
IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA
Graduation Communication and Composition Requirement (GCCR)
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3
Program Related Studies: 3
Majors and Minors: 66-72
Students must complete Plan 1 or 2 in history and social sciences for secondary education.
Major in history (36 hours) with a minor (19-21 hours) in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology, and a support area (15 hours) which includes one course from each of the social sciences not chosen as minor.
Major (at least 30 hours) in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, or sociology, with a minor (21 hours) in history and a support area (15 hours) which includes one course from each of the social sciences not chosen as major.
History Major for Secondary Education: 36
History Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Anthropology Major for Secondary Education: 33
Anthropology Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Economics Major for Secondary Education: 30
Economics Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Geography Major for Secondary Education: 36
Geography Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Political Science Major for Secondary Education: 30
Select two from the following:
Political Science Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Select two from the following:
Psychology Minor for Secondary Education: 20
Complete four of the five courses:
Sociology Major for Secondary Education: 30
Sociology Minor for Secondary Education: 21
Electives for 120 total credit hours chosen with the help of