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Secondary Education Social Studies

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

Why Choose Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education involves the study of history, geography, political science and economics. In today's society. social studies education is especially relevant. Trained social studies educators are able to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world (NCSS, 1994.) These educators are well rounded in the various aspects of Social Studies and will play an important role in helping future generations understand the world around them. These educators can assist students in gaining knowledge in anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, religion, and sociology and to make global connections.

Career Opportunities

Current employment opportunities in the field of social studies education is based on two key factors. Both on a national and state level there is a common theme of the extreme need for teachers and adequately prepared social studies teachers. Concerns at the beginning of the decade focused primarily on the issue of the retirement for a significant number of educators, in the Michigan Education Report of 2001. Teacher shortages in Michigan are predicted to be most severe at the secondary education level. The issue of teacher shortage due to retirement has been redress a major issue - teachers who teach in content areas where they have little or no formal training. This issue is especially relevant to the field of social studies. With the cuts in funding for education, school districts are relying on hiring teachers who can teach in multiple areas. Social study teachers have broad-based education in multiple content areas which makes them highly marketable in the current economic times.

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 Basic Skills Test; 2. pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification content area tests in their major and minor; 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.

Graudation Requirements

The social studies education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education and Human Services. Graduates must complete all of Ferris State University's general education, social studies and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

More Information

College of Education and Human Services
School of Education
Ferris State University
Bishop Hall 421
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Directed Electives

Personal Finance
3
Geography of Phys Environment
4
Social Aspects of GIS
3
World Civilizations to 1400
3
World Civilizations since 1400
3
Required Courses
39
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3
Geography of World Regions
3
Geography of US and Canada
3
US History to 1877
3
US History - 1877 to Present
3
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
Issues in Public Policy
3
Current Global Problems
3
Array
Cultural Geography
3
or
Intro Cultural Anthropology
3
Michigan History
3
or
American State-Local Govt
3
International Organizations
3
or
International Politics
3
Professional Sequence
37
Level I Courses
Array
Intro to the Professn of Teach
1
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Principles Teaching - Learning
3
Level II Courses
Array
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
Level III Courses
Array
Student Teaching
12