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)


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.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Social Studies majors take courses from these groups.

Students who major in social studies complete core courses, which include Global Studies, U.S. History, World Civilization, History of Texas, and State and Local Government.

BBA in Social Studies majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.

You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies (4–8).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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