Channel your interest in history and social studies into a teaching career with Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and Education. This unique B.A. program will lay the foundation for you to earn New Hampshire teaching certification for teaching social studies in grades 5 through 12. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. Our students begin working-not just observing-in real classrooms first semester freshman year and the program culminates in a year-long student teaching experience.
You will graduate with a deep understanding of history, economics, geography, and civics while meeting all New Hampshire state requirements for teacher certification (this certification may be reciprocal in some states, but many will have further requirements to fulfill). Students completing this program may be eligible for a minor in History. By choosing history courses for General Education electives/requirements, students may also choose to earn a second major in History.
At SNHU, we emphasize real-world experience. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. In fact, as a Social Studies and Education major candidate, you can expect to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission: to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in History Education at SNHU include:
Our bachelor's degree program prepares you for teaching primary areas of history, government, economics, and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology. This qualifies you for state certification to teach in middle, junior and high schools.*
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school educators can expect to see jobs in the field grow at an 8% rate between 2016 and 2026. Graduating with this degree demonstrates depth of knowledge, and the comprehensive understanding of teaching and learning you gain can also be applied in other training settings.
One unique feature of the program is the year-long student teaching experience, where you'll 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.
*This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Students in SNHU's Social Studies and Education major program examine traditional, innovative, and research-based approaches to teaching. Students pair classroom knowledge and theory with significant field experience starting first semester freshman year and eventually with a year-long student teaching position during senior year.
Students receive a broad and integrated liberal arts background, with strong preparation in the techniques, knowledge, and experiences necessary to help middle and senior high school students reach their highest potential. The subject matter covers the primary areas of history, government, economics, and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology. Use of technology and digital tools to learn and support access to learning is integral to the program. Additionally, students completing this program may be eligible for a minor or second major in History.
SNHU faculty members have experience teaching adolescents and remain current in the field. Faculty members are award winners, members of state education committees, and your biggest supporters.
SNHU's bachelor's in social studies and education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.