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Political Science Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Political Science Education?

The Political Science Education program prepares prospective teachers for the challenges of teaching students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds in such diverse educational settings as traditional high and middle schools, vocational-technical centers, alternative and magnet schools and tech-prep programs.

Current vocational studies predict growing opportunities for teachers at all levels, both to replace retiring teachers and to provide lower student-teacher ratios in classrooms.

High school graduates, whether they plan to attend college or not, need to be contributing members of society. Understanding their role in the political systems of the world is necessary in order to help them meet the demands of their future careers. The FSU program prepares prospective teachers with the knowledge and skills essential to provide effective Political Science instruction for students in Michigan and throughout the nation.

Career Opportunities

The Political Science education program prepares students to teach in high school, as well as in vocational-technical centers, alternative and magnet schools, tech-prep programs and other non-traditional educational settings. With additional study, students may also teach in post-secondary schools. The program focuses on preparing prospective teachers for the challenges of teaching students from a broad range of educational and cultural backgrounds. Political Science teachers are in high demand and the employment outlook is excellent. A teaching minor is required. You cannot have a Political Science teaching minor with this teaching major.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

Graduation Requirements

The Political Science education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Directed Electives (pre or cor-requisites)

Principles of Macroeconomics
3
US History to 1877
3
US History - 1877 to Present
3
Geography of World Regions
3
Geography of US and Canada
3
Array

Political Science Major (33 credit hours)

Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
American Political Parties
3
Public Administration
3
American State-Local Govt
3
Social Aspects of GIS
3
International Organizations
3
or
Comparative World Governments
3
International Politics
3
Politics and Media
3
Urban-Regional Planning
3

Professional Education Sequence

Level 1
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Intro to the Professn of Teach
1
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Principles Teaching - Learning
3
Note: Prior to admission to Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Professional Readiness Exam, complete all Professional Education prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a "c" (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
Level II
School and Work and Society
3
Secondary General Methods I
4
Teaching Special Needs
3
Secondary General Methods II
5
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas
3
Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, pass all requiered MTTC Exams, and meet all other program requirements.
Level III
Student Teaching
12
Total:
40
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE 40 CREDITS AT THE 300/400 LEVEL.
NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.