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Secondary Education Social Science (BA)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses 

Note: HST 298 is a prerequisite for all 300 level history courses.

United States History Courses: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
HST 181UNITED STATES TO 18004
HST 182UNITED STATES, 1800-19004
HST US History elective 1 4
HST US History elective 24
World History Course: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

World history electives can be chosen from any non-US history area

Course Title Quarter Hours
HST 111THE WORLD TO C.15004
HST 112THE WORLD, C.1500-19144
HST World History elective 1 4
HST World History elective 24
Secondary Field: 24 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Choose six courses from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology. All courses must be from a single field.

  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 1
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 2
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 3
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 4
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 5
  • ANT, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC elective 6

Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SEC 312THE NATURE OF HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES4
SEC 322INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PEDAGOGY4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SEC 372TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
SEC 382TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section). 

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Social Science majors must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Social Science: History Content Area Test (test #246) – assesses and measures the candidate's core knowledge across history and social science fields. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.​​

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