Social Studies (4–8)

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies (4–8) at St. Edward’s prepares you to help young students become responsible and ready citizens of the United States and the world through the understanding of social studies. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in middle schools in Central Texas.

You’ll achieve the flexibility to teach multiple subjects within social studies, such as history, government and geography. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 4–8 Social Studies teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and middle school classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies (4–8)

Overview:

As a BA in Social Studies major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop strategies for presenting the local, regional and global scope of social studies. You’ll learn to design lesson plans, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in elementary and middle schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Social Studies, graduates may teach social studies in elementary and middle school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes

• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• World Geography
• Global Studies
• U.S. History to 1877
• U.S. History Since 1877
• World Civilization: Pre-Modern World
• World Civilization: The Modern World
• Topics in History
• History of Texas
• Mexican or Latin American History elective
• American National Government
• State and Local Government
• Content Area Literacy
Electives
Choose 3 hours minimum of electives

V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Introduction to Special Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Middle School Classroom

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.