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About This Program

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree specializing in Social Studies presents coursework and field experiences focused on history, geography, government, societal issues, and the ability to teach this content to others. All educators play an important role in shaping the minds of citizens at any age, but it is the primary focus of a social studies educator. By helping others explore their history and the cultures around them, the social studies bring the world into learning environments that can facilitate learning for diverse audiences.

All Salem teacher education programs are delivered in a blended instructional format (on ground and online) with school-based fieldwork that leads to licensure to teach in America’s schools. The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s NCATE legacy process.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Social Studies Education can lead to career paths such as:

  • Teaching Social Studies in public or private schools (Grades 5 – 12/Adult)
  • Non-profit organization work (i.e. charities, policy-focused, advocacy)
  • Community resources (i.e. parks, museums)
  • Advanced Studies

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree program consists of the following professional education core courses:


  • EDU101 Foundations of Education
  • SPE120 Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education
  • EDU222 Technology Integration in the Classroom
  • EDU271 Human Development
  • EDU272 Educational Psychology
  • EDU362 Reading across the Content Areas
  • EDU370 Schools, Families, and Communities
  • EDU376 Materials & Methods of Teaching
  • SPE390 Inclusive Curriculum, Materials & Methods
  • EDU416 Educational Assessment Strategies
  • EDU436 Classroom Environment & Management
  • EDU490 Student Teaching 1
  • EDU491 Student Teaching 2
  • EDU492 Student Teaching 3

In addition to the professional education core, students in the Social Studies Education specialization will take the following sample of courses:


  • HIS125 World Civilizations
  • HIS153 U.S. History
  • FNA202/203 World Music OR World Art
  • HIS210 World Geography
  • ECO252 Macroeconomics
  • HIS305 American Foreign Policy
  • HED320 Substance Use and Abuse
  • HIS377A/B Materials and Methods of Teaching Social Studies

For the full list of specialization courses in the Social Studies Education specialization, please see the current Salem Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at www.salemu.edu. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. A nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem International University.

Students who specifically seek to earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are accepted to the university as education majors. To enter the Salem teacher education program, education majors must undergo a portfolio evaluation and interview. Successful completion of this Level I Review (the first of a three-level review process across the program) is required for formal admission into the teacher education program. To qualify for the Level 1 Review education majors must:

  • Complete 24-36 hours of coursework, including EDU101, SPE120, or EDU272
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in content courses, in the professional educator core courses, and overall
  • Meet the required passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)
  • Pass a criminal background check

For more information on teacher education program admission for Social Studies Education, please see the current Salem Undergraduate Catalog.