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.
This course surveys and focuses on child growth and development from birth through the life cycle. Theories pertinent to individual stages are provided and the sociological, cultural and psychological aspects of human growth and development are included. An overview of all developmental stages will be covered.
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.
This course give students an overview of American education including history, philosophy and current issues. It will introduce students to strategies for creating a learning environment that support student learning.
This course will introduce students to classroom structures that support differentiated instruction and other research-based approaches for effective teaching. Topics include lesson planning and reflection, state standards and grade level expectations, small group and whole group instruction, and assessment tools strategies.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course provides students with innovative and authentic learning experiences about middle-level education. Topics include team teaching, advising, integrating curriculum, active learning, cooperative learning, trackless classes, block scheduling, community service programs, health education, and full exploratory and concentrated curriculum.
This course helps to prepare students to teach at the high school level. It is designed for social studies and English Language Arts certification candidates. There will be a strong focus on competency-based educational practices.
This course prepares students to teach writing to grades 5-12 using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will explore the history and chronology of great ideas, integrating their knowledge of content subjects while creating writing opportunities for their students.
This course is designed for future secondary educators who want to further understand the social studies content and skills they will teach. Emphasis will be on the social studies themes, concepts, and core curriculum in the 5-12 classroom. The issue of preparing for national testing in the social studies will also be addressed.
This course focuses on the development of reading and writing strategies in support of the content areas in grades 5-12. Students will become familiar with effective practices used to support the development of literacy strategies for students on the secondary level.
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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to prepare teacher candidates of secondary school certifications for the ethical decisions they will confront in their professional lives. Students will explore ethical best practice and decision-making regarding professional responsibility, caring for students, and promoting the well-being of the school and community.
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.
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.
This course is the first of two full-time student teaching experiences required for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. Students spend four days each week in a NH public school under the mentorship of a certified teacher for one full semester. During this time, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. Acceptance to Student Teaching is required.
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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