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Social Studies Education (SS ED)

SS ED 200 (US) American Heritage (3) Essentials of American Heritage for heritage interpretative education applications.

SS ED 200 American Heritage (3)

SS ED 200 is designed to introduce students to Heritage Education as a career opportunity for students interested in teaching history/heritage, working at history museums and heritage sites, Public History, and/or working in related fields and/or to diversify, enhance, and enrich their teacher certification, and/or to enrich their understanding of America’s founding. SS ED 200 is the first in a series of four courses that lead to the Heritage Education Certificate (15 credits). Students who complete the program shall be eligible and prepared to complete the requirements for the Certified Interpretative Guide credential as offered by the National Association for Interpretation. In this course, students will synthesize knowledge and understandings of American heritage focused on America’s founding as found in past and prevailing curricular sources and more importantly as represented at America’s heritage sites and historical museums. Students will have opportunities to apply this knowledge through curricular and presentation experiences. Taking advantage of Penn State’s central location and access to heritage/history museums and heritage and historical sites throughout the Northeast, the course will include visitations to select heritage and historical sites and museums. Pending outside funding, one to three field trips to local and regional heritage sites shall be included in this course. Pending arrangements with local and regional sites, typically, trips scheduled shall be “day-trips.” Students unable to travel will be provided with alternative assignments. As part of these visits, students will observe heritage presentations by staff, engage staff, view exhibits/collections, make and record observations via technology (pictures, video, and personal notes). Student assessments will include critical essay reviews on past and present presentations of America’s founding as found in relevant sources together with assessments of local, regional, and national heritage sites. Two exams shall also be required.

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: any U.S. History selection (3 credits) suggested HIST 020

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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