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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Social Studies

Salem International University’s Bachelor of Science in Education program includes a Social Studies concentration that can help you prepare to teach secondary school students about the world around them. This concentration program adds twelve in-depth courses covering history, geography, politics, and culture to the core curriculum of our Bachelor of Science in Education.

This degree program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. It is a 40-month accelerated degree program available on campus in West Virginia.

Objectives of This Program

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Social Studies is to produce exceptionally-prepared educational professionals who can meet the needs of all students and function as leaders in a classroom. As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:

  • Plan effective lessons and conduct appropriate assessments of learning
  • Create a productive, well-managed learning environment
  • Build effective collaborative relationships with administrators, fellow educators, and student family members
  • Pursue career-long professional development to continue growing as an educator

Career Opportunities

This program offers the skills, knowledge, and student teaching experience you need to become a middle or secondary school social studies teacher.

After graduation, you will be eligible for certification in West Virginia. You will need to take and pass examinations to earn your teaching certificate. If you wish to teach in another state, you will need to confirm requirements with that state’s board of education.

Program of Study

This concentration program is in addition to the general education and professional educator core curriculum of our BSED program.

The social studies concentration includes the following courses:

  • HED130 Consumer Health
  • HED320 Substance Use & Abuse
  • HIS125 World Civilizations
  • HIS126 World Civilizations 2
  • HIS210 World Geography
  • HIS211 Physical Geography
  • HIS300 West Virginia History, Geography & Government
  • HIS305 American Foreign Policy
  • HIS376 Materials & Methods of Teaching Social Studies
  • HIS215 Society and the Individual
  • ICO100 Foundations of Intercultural Understanding
  • PSC100 American Government & Society

It takes ten consecutive academic semesters of 12 semester credit hours each or 3 credit hours per month to complete the entire degree program—40 months in total. Portfolio assessment is ongoing over the course of the program, and helps determine whether you can progress to student teaching.

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Science in Education program on campus in West Virginia. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • A professionally-focused curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Extensive student teaching experiences
  • Comprehensive preparation for your career as an educator

Course Descriptions

HED130 – Consumer Health (3 Credits)
This course is designed to acquaint students with general concepts, strategies, methods and sources of information in selecting health products and services.

HED320 – Substance Use and Abuse (3 Credits)
This course will examine physiological, psychological, social, historical, legal, and health aspects of drug use, abuse and addiction.

HIS125 – World Civilization (3 Credits)
The course deals with the origin and development of early civilizations throughout the world from earliest times until the seventeenth century. Special attention will be given to the political, economic, social, and cultural forces still existing today.

HIS126 – World Civilization 2 (3 Credits)
History 126 deals with the development of the various aspects of modern civilizations around the world. Special consideration will be given to the interaction between other cultures and modern America.

HIS210 – World Geography (3 Credits)
Global geography and climate and their influences upon the economy, political structure, and general culture of the nations of the world.

HIS211 – Physical Geography (3 Credits)
This course will give students a basic understanding of the regional and global patterns of physical systems of the earth, the changes they undergo, and the impact that these physical systems have on human populations in the interaction of such populations with their physical environments.

HIS215 – Society and the Individual (3 Credits)
This course explores the relationship between the individual and society. Political and social philosophy, ancient and modern thinking, and international perspectives will be utilized to understand the role of freedom, liberty, and human rights in democratic and non-democratic societies.

HIS300 – West Virginia History, Geography, and Government (3 Credits)An integrated course in the history and government of West Virginia, History 300 explores four basic periods of West Virginia history. These included the frontier period and labor, and contemporary political and social-economic events.

HIS305 – American Foreign Policy (3 Credits)
This course deals with the United States’ rise to world power from its entry into World War I to the present. The course ties in the political, economic, and geographical factors, in explaining the United States ever widening role in world wars; the Cold War, Korea and McCarthyism; the Vietnam War and its critics; and the Middle East and the War on terrorism.

HIS376 – Materials and Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3 Credits)This course is designed to prepare students to teach social studies at the elementary (PreK-4), middle school (5-8) and the secondary school classroom and beyond (9-Adult). Topics discussed will be curriculum planning and organizing, methodology, instructional techniques, and evaluation. In addition, the selection and use of age and developmentally appropriate materials will be a topic of discussion and practice. Prerequisite: Completion of Level I.

ICO100 – Foundations for Intercultural Understanding (3 Credits)
This course is designed to help students develop cultural sensitivity, thus enabling them to create and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Topics of discussion include perceptions; worldviews; attitudes and belief systems; social, economic and environmental structures of different cultures; interpersonal relationships; and multicultural issues.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Education program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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