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Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension), PTC

About the Program

The social studies education (7–12; 5–6 extension) postbaccalaureate certification-only program prepares persons with existing undergraduate degrees who have a history or social science major to meet the disciplinary content and educational requirements leading to New York State’s Initial Certificate in adolescence education required to teach social studies in grades 5–12. The program supplies the background knowledge necessary for teachers to implement the NYS Learning Standards for social studies in grades 5–12. 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.

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 an existing undergraduate degree with a 36-credit concentration in history and/or social science courses, as well as a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA; a minimum 2.75 GPA in all history and social sciences courses.

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, will be used by students to complete the additional 50 clock hours in field experience required for the 5-6 extension. 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.

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours in Content Area Courses 50 cr
A. History of the Western Hemisphere (15 cr)

HIS 106 American Life I
HIS 107 American Life II
HIS 308 History of Canada
HIS 314 Modern Latin America
HIS 415 History and Government of New York State

B. History of the Eastern Hemisphere (9 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

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 Development of American Constitutional Law
PSC 320 U.S. Constitution/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. Cultural Diversity (3 cr)
SSE/HIS 363 American Identity in Transition: Diversity and Pluralism in the United States

G. History/Social Science Electives (11 cr)
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 Secondary Students 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 15 cr
To complete the program, a student must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum 2.75 GPA in the major.
SSE 409 Student Teaching of Social Studies in the Middle School (6)
SSE 410 Student Teaching of Social Studies in Senior High School (6)
SSE/HIS 488 Internship: Middle Childhood and Adolescence Education (3 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours 95 cr

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