History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Secondary education certification for PA
  • Elementary teaching certification 
  • Courses in history, social science, & education

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Following requirements of the State of Pennsylvania for certification in secondary education, the History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education program requires students to complete a 24 credit major in
history with additional courses from social science (24 credits) and an educational component of 27 credits. The total number of credits required: 133. Certification for the teaching of social sciences on the elementary level is also available through a program coordinated by the Social Sciences and Education departments.

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Accomplished Social Sciences Faculty


Samantha Christiansen
Assistant Professor of History

Patrick Seffrin
Director of Crim. Justice Program, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice

Joseph Mecca
Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Sociology

Kathleen P. Munley
Professor of History

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education

The History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education Program prepares students for a teaching career in secondary schools. The program has received national recognition from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the premier national accrediting body for programs in education. In accord with the standards of the National Council for the Social Studies, students who major in History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education will acquire the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school levels for the study of the social sciences. These studies include:

  1. culture and cultural diversity
  2. time, continuity, and change
  3. people, places, and environment
  4. individual development and identity
  5. individuals, groups, and institutions
  6. power, authority, and governance
  7. production, distribution, and consumption
  8. science, technology, and society
  9. global connections
  10. civic ideals and practices.


Certification for the teaching of history at the secondary level is available through programs coordinated by the Social Sciences and Education Departments. The program requires a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Students are also required to maintain a portfolio of their work in the required courses listed below and take the PRAXIS examinations required for certification to teach secondary social studies in Pennsylvania. Students are encouraged to become members of and participate in the activities of the Marywood chapter of the Pennsylvania Education Association and the National and Pennsylvania Councils for the Social Studies. See Marywood Department of Education for a description of admission and retention criteria and further course requirements.

Upon completion of the program, the bachelor of arts degree is awarded with a major in History/Social Science: Secondary Education.

Students desiring to pursue an education degree must have and maintain a minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 3.00.

History/Social Science: Secondary Education (72 Credits)


Forty-eight credits (16 courses) are required in the Social Sciences Department.

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 218 Anthropology
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3
PS 211 State and Local Government
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
GEOG XXX Elective
3
HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
HIST 252 U.S. History to 1865
3
HIST 253 U.S. History Since 1865
3
HIST 350 Ancient and Medieval World History
3
HIST XXX Modern Europe
3
HIST XXX Modern America
3
HIST XXX Modern Developing World
3
SSCI 411 Curriculum and Methods in Secondary Social Studies
3

Specific courses from the Department of Education (27 credits)

EDUC 000 Field Experience
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­12 1
EDUC 100 Introduction to Education
.5
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education
.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
 SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 367* Behavioral and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction in Secondary & K-12 Education
3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442 Student Teaching
12
EDUC 561*
Methods, Materials & Assessment of ELL
3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.