Bringing world affairs into focus.

Social studies education is a major for secondary and elementary students within the Teacher Education Division. Graduates who pass the subject area test are certified to teach social studies at the elementary, middle or high school levels.

Here, you will train for the broader experience of teaching while be specially equipped in the area of social studies. Taught from a Christ-centered perspective, your courses will provide you with the academic, technical and emotional knowledge needed in today's classrooms. You will graduate as a creative thinker ready to lead a classroom and empower the students you teach.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities Teacher Education
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plans for the list of classes you'll take as a social studies education major.

    Earn Advanced Standing

    Secondary education majors with a TESOL minor may qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Arts in TESOL program. This gives you the option to earn two degrees—a bachelor's and a master's degree—in as few as five years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide.

  • Education Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate education students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 88 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Comstock STEM Academy
    • Godwin Heights Public Schools
    • Hope Academy of West Michigan
    • Ringwood Christian School
    • South Haven Public Schools