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Begin Date: Summer Session 2008
End Date: Spring Semester 2011

Secondary Education Social Studies - ARCHIVE

Capital College (SESST)

PROFESSOR KAMINI M. GRAHAME, Program Coordinator, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The Secondary Education Social Studies major prepares students to meet the requirements to be certified for the Social Studies Instructional I Certificate as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The major prepares students to teach history, government, economics, geography, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

Students are challenged to prepare for teaching assignments at the middle and high school level, and in diverse settings characterized as rural, urban, and suburban. The art and science of teaching in secondary schools is undergoing significant transformation as new technologies, time allocation for instruction, and new instructional strategies are impacting the delivery of social studies instruction.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Secondary Education Social Studies major requires the students to meet or exceed the state's minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must complete, with a grade of "C" or better, six (6) credits of college-level mathematics (MATH or STAT prefix), three (3) credits of college-level English literature, and three (3) credits of college-level composition.

Selective Retention:
Prior to the end of the first semester as Secondary Education Social Studies majors at Penn State Harrisburg, students will be required to submit their scores for the Praxis I examinations in reading, writing, and mathematics. Retention in the major is contingent on the student's maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating proficiency in written and spoken communications, receiving the recommendation of the faculty, and fulfilling all core course requirements.

For a B.SOSC. degree in Secondary Education Social Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 9 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 90 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GH courses, 3 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses.)
(At least 15 credits must be at the 400 level.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (66 credits)[1]
BI SC 003 GN(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), HIST 001 GH;IL(3), HIST 020 GH;US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3), SOC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
EDUC 313(2), EDUC 314(3), EDUC 315W US(3), EDUC 415(3), EDUC 435(1), EDUC 490(12), GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), GEOG 128 GS;IL(3), HIST 012 GH;US(3), HIST 320(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 471(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 018 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3), MATH 030 GQ(3), MATH 035 GQ(3), MATH 036 GQ(3), MATH 040 GQ(5), MATH 200 GQ(3) or MATH 220 GQ(2-3), STAT 100 GQ(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 3 credits of literature courses from approved department list (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of American studies from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of history from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of anthropology from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of minority studies from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of psychology from approved department list (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-03-005

Review Date: 11/27/07

Program Coordinator updated by Publications: 4/30/09

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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