About the Program

Accredited: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)

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

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 Social Studies Framework for social studies in grades 5–12. It also meets the standards set by national professional organizations such as the Council for the Accreditation Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Candidates should consult the Teacher Certification website for current seminars and workshops.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

302 Cassety Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882
https://history.buffalostate.edu/

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 3.0 cumulative GPA; a minimum 3.0 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 488/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

History of the Western Hemisphere (15 credit hours)
HIS 106 HISTORY OF AMERICAN LIFE I 3
HIS 107 HISTORY OF AMERICAN LIFE II 3
HIS 314 MODERN LATIN AMERICA 3
HIS 415 HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT OF NEW YORK STATE 3

Select one of the following: 3
HIS 308 HISTORY OF EARLY CANADA
HIS 316 HISTORY OF MODERN CANADA
HIS 326 HISTORY OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION

History of the Eastern Hemisphere (9 credit hours)
HIS 230 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I 3

Select two from the following: 6
HIS 115 FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
HIS 116 EUROPE SINCE 1500
HIS 117 TWENTIETH-CENTURY EUROPE

Geography (6 credit hours)
GEG 300 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3

Select one from the following: 3
GEG 102 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GEG 206 GEOGRAPHY OF NEW YORK STATE
GEG 309 URBAN GEOGRAPHY
GEG 360 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA
GEG 362 GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
GEG 364 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE

Political Science (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PSC 320 U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES

Economics (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
ECO 101 THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
ECO 201 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
ECO 202 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Cultural Diversity (3 credit hours)
SSE/HIS 363 AMERICAN IDENTITY IN TRANSITION: DIVERSITY AND PLURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES 3

History/Social Science Electives (11 credit hours)
Select 11 credit hours 11

Professional Education Requirements (30 credit hours)
EDU 416 TEACHING LITERACY IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS 3
ENG 309 TEACHING AND EVALUATING WRITING 3
or EDU 417 ADOLESCENT LITERACY
EXE 100 NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
PSY 357 ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT DEVELOPMENT 3
SSE 200 INTRODUCTION TO SECONDARY TEACHING 3
SSE 303 METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES 3
SSE 309 METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES 3
SSE 370 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM 3
SSE 402 HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL EDUCATION 3
or SSE/HIS 407 THE TEACHING OF HISTORY

Student Teaching Requirements (15 credit hours)
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 1-12