SNHU’s social studies education curriculum pairs classroom knowledge and theory with significant field experience, including student teaching in your senior year. Here you will examine traditional, innovative and research-based approaches to teaching. Our graduates are prepared professionals with the passion and skills to make a difference in today’s secondary schools.
You will gain a broad and integrated liberal arts background and the techniques, knowledge and experience to help middle and junior and senior high school students develop to their highest potential.
Social studies certification covers primary areas of history, governments, economics, and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology. The interdisciplinary program prepares you to teach in these areas.
The program leads to teacher certification and culminates in a 16-week student teaching experience, where you will work full-time with an established teacher. Students apply for student teaching a year in advance and must complete all course requirements, including passing the PRAXIS II exam, before student teaching begins.
Social Studies Education Required Courses
This course explores the manner in which the overall levels of output income employment and prices are determined in a capitalist economy The focus is on the forces that act to shape these factors and determine their fluctuations The role of government fiscal and monetary policy in influencing the level of economic activity is also a major area of study The impact of international transactions on the domestic economy also is discussed
EDU-200: Introduction to Education
This course gives students an overview of American education through analysis of its historical and philosophical roots Contemporary issues in American education are emphasized Non education majors may use this course as a social science elective
EDU-208: Assessment Accountability and Teaching in the Classroom
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning
EDU-235: Learning with Technology
This course develops students knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement This course also introduces students to learning target standards outcomes and a general model of curriculum development implementation and assessment Offered every fall and spring
EDU-271: Methods of Teaching Secondary Education
This course teaches students how to develop effective strategies for delivering content knowledge consistent with standards based learning Strategies and delivery methods include constructivism differentiation peer group learning cross curricular lesson planning and writing across the curriculum Students will promote literacy in the content areas by developing lesson plans that incorporate cognitive strategies for reading writing speaking and viewing
EDU-312: Writing Workshop for Educators
This class is designed to help future teachers to fine tune their own writing while they learn ways to incorporate writing into their teaching The course inspires future teachers to enjoy the possibilities of writing in their classrooms so their students will also An examination of a wide array of useful classroom approaches will promote better reading and learning and support differentiation Well designed writing assessments promote critical thinking as well as higher levels of literacy Topics will include prewriting techniques using art and music to promote writing unlocking the secret to assigning interesting and useful journals techniques for painless peer editing practices that streamline grading of papers and how to find and incorporate excellent models for writing
EDU-326: Methods of Teaching Social Studies
This course helps to prepare students to teach history geography economics civics and social science areas in grades 5 through 12 A variety of teaching methods prepare students to write lessons and prepare standards based units that include other disciplines formative and summative assessments and differentiate instruction Students also prepare an action research proposal in this course TCP acceptance is required
EDU-490: Student Teaching and Seminar
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full time practice teaching at nearby schools During the 16 weeks the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty This course also includes seminars at the university TCP acceptance is required
ENV-219: Environmental Issues
Students in this course examine major environmental problems to make them aware of current and potential environmental issues from the perspectives of society business and the individual Global marker
PSY-211: Lifespan Development
Students in this course study physical and psychological development from the prenatal period to death Patterns of human development also are considered Offered every year
SCI-212: Principles of Physical Science I
Various concepts within the physical sciences are discussed ranging from the teachings of Aristotle to the theories of Einstein Topics include the influence of the scientific method in generating knowledge the contributions of Galileo Copernicus Newton Kepler and others concerning energy forces and motion gravity the solar system and cosmology and relativity
SCI-219: Environmental Issues
This course covers a variety of environmental topics in a manner specifically designed for the non science major It provides a fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth and examines how human activities and attitudes individual traditional cultural and others generate environmental issues that threaten these processes Topics include ecology populations agriculture desertification and deforestation water and ocean pollution air pollution including ozone depletion solid and hazardous wastes energy including fossil fuels and nuclear power economies and sustainability This course is cross listed as ENV 219
SPED-260: Children with Exceptionalities
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques to include assistive technology to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator
Students may take EDU-235 or IT-100.
Political Science Concentration Major Courses
GEO-200: World Geography
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental geopolitical and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world Global marker
HIS-109: Western Civilization to 1500
This course offers an overview of the major developments in Western history from antiquity to the discovery of the New World Students will examine the ancient world Greece Rome the European medieval period and the Italian Renaissance Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history Writing Intensive Course
HIS-110: Western Civilization since 1500
This course traces the growth of Western history from the 16th century and the rise of the nation state through the modern era The ideologies and political developments that shaped modern Europe receive careful study Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history Writing Intensive Course
HIS-114: United States History II 1865 Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War The economic political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History
HIS-301: World History and Culture
This course is designed to offer the student a historical and cultural understanding of Africa India China and Japan in their interactions with the western world Offered every year in the fall Recommended for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History Global marker
POL-314: Political Theory
This course explores the diversity of conceptions of the individual the state and the good life that animate contemporary societies and their critics with an emphasis on the contributions of Western political theorists of both ancient and modern times to contemporary currents of political thought This course places special emphasis on the social and cultural contexts in which these theorists lived and worked as factors that helped to shape their political ideas The theorists covered may vary from semester to semester Writing intensive course
POL ELE - Choose any three (3) Politics courses (300+)
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