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Social Studies Elementary Education SSL

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
GEOG 100 Geography of World Regions 3
GEOG 201 Geography of US and Canada 3
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics 3
HIST 121 US History to 1877 3
HIST 122 US History - 1877 to Present 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
PLSC 122 Amer Gov 2-Policy Making 3
SSCI 425 Issues in Public Policy 3
GEOG 424 Current Global Problems 3
GEOG 112 Cultural Geography 3
ANTH 122 Intro Cultural Anthropology 3
HIST 230 Michigan History 3
PLSC 311 American State-Local Govt 3
PLSC 323 International Organizations 3
PLSC 341 International Politics 3
* Credit Hours 39
Directed Electives
FINC 201 Personal Finance 3
GEOG 111 Geography of Phys Environment 4
GEOG 311 Social Aspects of GIS 3
HIST 211 World Civilizations to 1400 3
HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1400 3

Why Choose Social Studies Elementary Education

Social Studies Elementary Education involves the study of history, geography, political science and economics. In today's society. social studies elementary education is especially relevant. Trained social studies elementary 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 elementary 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.

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan, to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: 1. pass the Professional Readiness Exam; 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.

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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

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