Social Studies Group for Elementary and Secondary Education

Social Studies

What can I do with a major in Social Studies Education?

Social Studies Group 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.

Where are placements available for student teachers in the Social Studies Education program?

Students in this major spend a semester student teaching under the direction of an experienced teacher at public and private schools throughout West Michigan. Students also have the option of completing part of their internship experience at a school overseas. In the past, students have interned at schools in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

What are graduates of the Social Studies Education program doing now?

Many of our graduates have successfully obtained teaching positions in public and private schools throughout Michigan and in other states. And, many of our graduates have also taken positions in Christian and private schools in countries thought the world.

With a major in Social Studies Education, what classes will I take?

Secondary Social Studies Methods | SSC-464

Explore the various philosophies regarding the purpose and teaching of social studies, the planning of social studies units, the teaching and evaluation of strategies appropriate to and exclusive of secondary social studies, and the issues surrounding the social studies discipline.

World Affairs | SSC-312

Study contemporary political problems within the international community involving the interplay of economics, religion, race, ideology and culture.

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Social Studies Group Education?