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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Sciences (Grades 6–12)

How teens and preteens are presented with history, cultural shifts and current events can profoundly influence their opinions and the choices they will make as young adults. If God has given you a passion for the both the world and the future of the world — our youth — Southeastern can help you mold your interests into a life-changing career as an educator. The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has selected an SEU senior for its top scholar-teacher award for the past 10 years.Within the secondary social sciences program, you’ll learn how to motivate and manage sixth- through 12th-grade students, design and deliver lessons and assess learners. You will build upon your exposure to history and other social sciences gained through our core curriculum by studying government, economics, cultural anthropology and other topics. You will also gain valuable hands-on training in local middle and high school classrooms, where you will observe top-notch teachers, instruct students and be mentored. As the culmination of your preparation, you will complete a semester-long student teaching assignment in a local classroom, where you’ll plan and teach the curriculum as well as manage and assess learners.

Become state certified (transferable to all 50 states), as well as FLOCS- and ACSI-certified (national and international).

Program Details

51 hours of professional education core
33 hours of specialization courses
49 hours of general education
6 hours of reading courses to complete the reading endorsement (optional)
6 hours of ESE courses to complete the ESE minor (optional)

Total credit hours — 145 (includes reading endorsement and ESE minor)

Sample Core Courses

  • American History 1877 to Present (MATH 2023) — This course is a study of American history from 1877 to the present. Topics include the New South, the New West, foreign affairs, industrialization, the Progressive Era, the World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and present issues.
  • Teaching Social Science in Secondary Schools (EDUC 3243) — This course is a study of the objectives, organization of materials, teaching methods, development of content, and evaluation procedures for teaching social science in the secondary school (6-12). Emphasis is on effective teacher behaviors in areas of instructional organization and development, presentation of subject matter, and verbal/nonverbal communication as supported by the domain base of the Florida Performance Measurement System.
  • Assessment of Learners (EDUC 3133) — This course focuses on the educational levels and needs of all students, including exceptional, culturally and/or linguistically diverse, and at-risk students. Standardized achievement tests, diagnostic/prescriptive tests and curriculum-based assessments are included. Use of test results in program planning is emphasized.
  • Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview (EDUC3353) — This course is an overview of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, testing and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication processes and linguistic principles as related to instructing English Language Learners (ELLs) in the K-12 classroom

Core Courses

Introduction to Education

Field Study I, II and III

Educational Psychology

Content and Instructional Design for Educators

Assessment of Learners

Teaching Social Science in Secondary School

Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview

Instructional Technology

Behavior and Classroom Management Secondary

Teaching Reading in Content Areas

Survey of the Exceptional Learner

Student Teaching

Specialization Requirements

Western Civilization to the 16th Century

Western Civilization 17th Century to the Present

American History to 1877

American History 1877 to Present

Social studies teacher

Curriculum coordinator