Social Science Secondary Education
The social sciences secondary education (SOCSC) major puts you on the path to teaching high school students, grades 9 through 12, in social science classrooms, including subjects like history, politics and sociology.
To teach social sciences in Illinois, you will need an Illinois Professional Educators License. SXU has proven success in helping students get that license by using an evidence-based assessment called edTPA, which SXU has earned a 99% passing rate for all student teachers in 2016.
What Will I Learn?
- Cultural Diversity: Help learners to understand how culture governs the functions of language, literature, arts, traditions, beliefs, values and behavior.
- Time, Continuity and Change: Guide learners to reinterpret the past by using credible sources, validating evidence and classifying significant and inconsequential change.
- People, Places and Environments: Encourage learners to examine physical systems like climate and natural resources, while exploring ways Earth has changed over time.
- Individual Development and Identity: Assist learners to describe how family, religion, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other cultural influences develop a sense of self.
- Individuals, Groups and Institutions: Help learners identify institutional forms and analyze tensions between individual expression and social conformity promoted by institutions.
- Science, Technology and Society: Enable learners to examine current and historical forms of interdependence of science, technology and society in a variety of cultural settings.
- Global Connections: Help learners explain conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.
- Civic Ideals and Practices: Assist learners in understanding key ideals of democratic-republican government, such as liberty, justice, equality, welfare and domestic peace.
Learn and Lead with High Schools
SXU places high priority on school-university partnerships and has strong relationships with urban and suburban school districts. What this means for you:
- Best opportunities to participate in meaningful clinical experiences.
- Relevant preparation to become a classroom teacher, school administrator or school counselor.
- Strong professional network to help you start your education career.
As you prepare for edTPA, you will participate in over 900 hours of engaged learning experiences!
Learn more about what SXU's engaged learning opportunities entail and when you can participate as a student.
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