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Social Studies Education (7-12), PTC

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 education (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach social studies in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in history or social science, or another discipline with a 36-credit concentration in history and/or social science courses, and who intend to complete the coursework required for New York State certification to teach social studies in secondary or middle schools.

The program supplies the background knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the New York State learning standards for social studies in grades 7-12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations, such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

To student teach, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, as well as maintain grades of C or higher in SSE 303 and SSE 309.

Financial Assistance: For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

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

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all history and social science courses and overall.

2. 36 credit hours in history and/or the social sciences.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Program Requirements

Content Area Courses or Equivalents 39-50 cr
A. Basic U.S. History Courses (9 cr)
HIS 106 American Life I
HIS 107 American Life II
HIS 415 History and Government of New York State

B. Basic World History Courses (6 cr)
Select two courses from the following:
HIS 115 Foundations of Western Civilization
HIS 116 Europe Since 1500
HIS 117 Twentieth Century Europe
HIS 230 World Civilizations

C. Other World History Courses (6 cr)
Any two Asian, Middle Eastern, African, or Latin American history courses

D. Geography Courses (6 cr)
GEG 300 World Regional Geography
Select from the following:
GEG 102, 206, 309, 320, 360, 362, 364

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

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

G. Cultural Diversity (3 cr)
SSE 363 American Identity in Transition: Diversity and Pluralism in the United States

H. Elective Courses1 (0-11 cr)
History and/or social science courses

Foreign Language Courses 6 cr
One year or equivalent

Professional Education Courses 30 cr
SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
ENG 309 Teaching and Evaluating Writing
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

Select one course from the following:
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities

Select one course from the following:
SSE 402 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Social Education
SSE 407 The Teaching of History

Student Teaching Courses 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)

Total Required Credit Hours 92 credits

1Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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