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Social Studies Education (7-12), B.S.

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The social studies B.S. degree program in secondary education prepares students to meet the educational requirements leading to New York State Initial Certification in Adolescence Education required to teach social studies in grades 7–12. The program supplies a knowledge base that provides the background knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the NYS Learning Standards for students in grades 7–12.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

C205 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all history and social science courses.

Prerequisites for Student Teaching: See prerequisites for SSE 409 and SSE 410.

A departmental honors program is also available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

The social studies content core constitutes a 42-credit major in social studies that consists of study in economics, government, and a minimum of 30 credit hours of study in the history and geography of the United States and the world (see total required credit hours in social studies, below). All program majors are required to complete a minimum of 100 clock hours of field experience related to coursework prior to student teaching. These field experiences consist of observations, individual tutoring, and the teaching of small groups of students under the supervision of certified teachers. These experiences are an integral component of the pedagogical core courses specified in the previous section, with learning outcomes specified and their achievement evaluated by course instructors.

Students complete a minimum of 30–35 clock hours of field experience in each of three courses: SSE 200, SSE 303, and SSE 309. Another course, SSE/HIS 488, is available and will be used by transfer students and others who may have a deficiency in field experience. The department has established relationships with several "high-need" urban and suburban school districts where field experiences are held. All majors will have study and experiences that together provide a solid foundation for teaching in high-need schools.

To student teach, students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the social studies major, as well as obtain a minimum grade of C in SSE 303 and SSE 309. All majors meeting these requirements must enroll in two practicum courses following completion of all other coursework and satisfaction of English and math competency requirements. Placements for these practica include urban and suburban settings. The urban placements may be in high-need districts that provide opportunities for student teachers to work with students from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and students who are English-language learners. Experiences include individual and group instruction, daily and long-view planning, unit teaching, classroom management and routine procedures, use of audiovisual aids, community resources, record-keeping, evaluation procedures, and participation in the total school program.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Program majors should enroll in an introductory psychology course, such as PSY 101, to satisfy their Intellectual Foundation requirements. It is recommended that majors take history courses to meet their Foundations of Civilizations requirements.

Total Required Credit Hours in Social Sciences 42 cr

A. History of the Western Hemisphere (12 cr)
Basic U.S. History
HIS 106 History of American Life I
HIS 107 History of American Life II
HIS 415 History and Government of New York State
Upper-division elective (any U.S., Canadian, or Latin American history course).

B. History of the Eastern Hemisphere (12 cr)
HIS 230 World Civilizations

Select two courses from the following:
HIS 115 Foundations of Western Civilization
HIS 116 Europe Since 1500
HIS 117 Twentieth-Century Europe

One world history elective (any Asian, African, or Middle-Eastern world history course).

C. Geography (6 cr)
GEG 300 World Regional Geography

Select one course from the following:
GEG 102 Human Geography
GEG 206 Geography of New York State
GEG 309 Introduction to Urban Geography
GEG 320 Historical Geography of the United States
GEG 360 Geography of Asia
GEG 362 Geography of the United States and Canada
GEG 364 Geography of Europe

D. Political Science (3 cr)
Select one course from the following:
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government
PSC 220 The Development of American Constitutional Law
PSC 320 U.S. Civil Liberties

E. Economics (3 cr)
Select one course from the following:
ECO 101 The Economic System
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics

F. Upper-Division Social Science Elective (3 cr)

G. Seminar (3 cr)
HIS 300W Research and Writing Seminar

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education 30 cr
SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
ENG 309 Teaching and Evaluating Writing

EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities

PSY 357 Adolescent and Young-Adult Development
SSE 200 Introduction to Secondary Teaching
SSE 303 Methods and Materials in Teaching Middle School Social Studies
SSE 309 Methods and Materials in Teaching High School Social Studies
SSE 370 Computer Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

SSE 402 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Social Education
SSE/HIS 407 The Teaching of History

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching 12 cr
SSE 409 Student Teaching of Social Studies in the Middle School (6)
SSE 410 Student Teaching of Social Studies in Senior High School (6)

One Year (or Equivalent) of a Foreign Language 0-3 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120-123 cr

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