Social Science Education
Florida State University Panama City Advising
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Katharine Davis, Undergraduate Coordinator
Florida State University Panama City
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Dr. Headley White, Program Coordinator for Social Science Education
Florida State University
School of Teacher Education
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Students may also visit the SSE Program web pages at http://www.coe.fsu.edu. This site includes complete program descriptions and course requirements.
Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education Degree Requirements
- The undergraduate program in Social Science Education is designed to provide both the academic foundation and the practical school experience necessary to becoming a successful beginning teacher of social studies in middle school and high school. The program is periodically refined to meet and exceed the changing expectations of the Florida Department of Education, professional organizations and a national accrediting agency. The innovative curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Social Science Education with certification to teach social studies in middle school and high school (grades 6-12). The certification is described as a broad field certification which qualifies the graduate to teach any school subject within the general teaching field termed the social studies. This includes: history, geography, government, economics, psychology and sociology.
- Agreements among states presently qualify graduates for initial certification in thirty-eight states. Prospective applicants already holding the bachelor’s degree in a related field and who are seeking initial certification to teach social studies are encouraged to contact a graduate advisor to apply for admission to a master’s degree program.
- In order to be eligible to enter the College of Education, a student must have at least a cumulative overall average of 2.5.
- All students must take and pass the General Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) as an entrance exam. The General Knowledge FTCE is also required by the State of Florida for graduation and state certification.
Students must have taken and passed the Education Core Classes listed below:
a. (EDF-1005) Introduction to Education – 3 hrs.
b. (EDF-2085) Teaching Diverse Populations – 3 hrs.
c. (EME-2040) Introduction to Educational Technology – 3 hrs
Admission into The Florida State University does not ensure admission into a teacher education program or into the College of Education. Students must apply and be admitted to FSU, the College of Education, and the Social Science Education program. The program application information and a list of requirements is available from the Office of Admissions and Records, Barron Building Room 108 and is also provided in a link at the bottom of this page.
I. Content Core Courses(Social Sciences Core Content) Total 36 semester hours. The courses listed below are part of the core teaching field. (Previous social studies courses, including those taken toward an AA, can count toward the required 36 semester hrs.)
|American History||6 hours|
|American Government||6 hours|
|Public Speaking||3 hours|
|Sociology or Psychology||3 hours|
|World History||6 hours|
|Non-European History||3 hours|
A. Professional Preparation (9 hours)
|EDF 4210||Educational Psychology for Developing Learners||3 hours|
|EDF 4430||Classroom Assessment||3 hours|
|RED 4335||Teaching Reading in the Content Area||3 hours|
|TSL 4324||ESOL Instruction in the Content Area||3 hours|
B. Methods of Teaching Social Studies (12 hours)
|SSE 4362||Fundamentals in Teaching Social Studies||3 hours|
|SSE 4664||Inquiry in Teaching Social Studies||3 hours|
|SSE 4940||Field Study in Social Education||3 hours|
C. Field of Concentration (9 hours)
Field of concentration courses are selected from any of the social sciences (history, geography, economics, etc.) and must be at the 3000 or 4000 level or approved by the undergraduate advisor. At least 6 hours must be in one field.
D. SSE 4944 Student teaching – (15 hours)
Students must take and pass the General Knowledge, Professional and Content Area (Social Studies 6-12) sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination to successfully complete the program and be approved for graduation. The General Knowledge, Subject Area, and Professional Knowledge tests must be taken prior to internship. Students are also required to have a security clearance from the appropriate County School Board prior to Field Study and Internship. Students are responsible for providing the Social Science Education Department with test results and security clearances.