History and Social Studies Education (BA) - Curriculum

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Jen Pento '09

Students in SNHU’s history and social studies education double major complete requirements for a history degree as well as the social studies teacher education degree, with only nine more credits required for a single major.

We pair 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.

Student Teaching
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.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

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.

FAS ELE - Students may select one 200 or 300-level Fine Arts elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 200 or 300-level Literature elective

History Major Courses

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-117: World Civilizations, Prehistory to 1500
An introductory survey of the world's major civilizations from prehistory to 1500. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-118: World Civilizations, 1500 to Present
An introductory survey of major civilizations from 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on interactions and conflicts between Western and non-Western parts of the world. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
HIS-340: Making History
This course is founded upon a fundamental yet complex question; what is history? The course investigates this question by examining the various kinds of history; witnessing the myriad ways of communicating historical stories and arguments ? ranging from the scholarly monograph to the town square statue to the museum exhibit; and learning how historians of all types actually make history through close, rational analysis of historical sources. In the process students will learn that history is an ever-evolving craft, central to the life of every society.
HIS-460: History Research Seminar
This capstone course requires each student to design and craft his/her own written research project. In close consultation with the instructor, each student will select a topic, discover relevant primary and secondary sources, evaluate and analyze those sources, and develop an argument-based paper as a result of that process.(Class limit: 15 students)
Prerequisites:
HIS-340

HIS ELE - Students may select four (4) 200 or 300-level History electives
HIS ELE - Students may select two 300-level History electives

Education Certification Courses

EDU-200C: 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.
Prerequisites:
MUE-261, EDU-270, 271 or 220
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.
Prerequisites:
EDU-200 and ENG-121 or ENG-200
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, integrate technology and to differentiate instruction. TCP acceptance is required.
Prerequisites:
EDU-271 Must be enrolled in the Teacher Certification program
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.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Teacher Certification program
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.

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