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Social Studies Secondary Education Certification

For students entering fall 2011

Department: History

This POE meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Secondary Certification in Social Studies and Secondary Education. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors to meet all certification requirements. Students must, as well, meet College General Distribution requirements. This normally means two Fine Arts class, Cultural Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Colloquium. (Note, IC 202 may substitute for PS 221).

General Academic Requirements
The PDE requires six credits of English composition (or equivalent) and literature (or the equivalent) and two college level mathematics courses (or the equivalent) prior to being admitted to a certification program.

Mathematics -Two courses (3 credits each). These can be counted toward the (N) or (Q) in the General Education requirements.

English - College Writing Seminar (4 credits) and one other English course (3 credits)

Total Mathematics and English credits: 13

Education Core - Total credit hours = 39 (29 upper level)

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites
Dist.
Skills
ED 110 Foundations of Education
3
corequisite ED 111
S
ED 111* Foundations of Education Practicum
1
corequisite ED 110
S
ED 130 Adolescent Development
3
S
ED 201 Educational Technology
3
ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121 or ED 130
S
ED 240 Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities
3
ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121 or ED 130
S
ED 314 English Language Learner
1
ED 120 or ED 130
S
 
ED 315 English Language Learner Practicum
1
ED 314
S
 
ED 341* Adaptations for Students with Exceptionalities
4
ED 110, ED 111 & ED 240
S
CW
ED 402 Content Area Literacy
1
ED 240
S
 
ED 420* General Secondary Methods
3
ED 341 and permission
S
ED 422 Secondary English/Sec. Social Studies Methods
1
ED 341, corequisite ED 420
 
ED 450** Student Teaching
14
ED 420, senior standing & permission, corequisite ED 451
S
ED 451** Student Teaching Seminar
1
corequisite ED 450
S

*There are field experiences in these courses. Students should take only one of these courses per semester. Allow a two-hour block of time for scheduled field experience twice a week.

**ED 450 & 451 (Student Teaching and Seminar) may be taken only in the FALL semester of the senior year. ED 450 requires students’ full-time participation and no other courses may be taken during this semester without the education advisors' approval.. Students must have reliable transportation.

Social Studies Core (Total core credits = 47-48)

History (12 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
HS 151 World Civilizations to 1500
3
HI
HS 152 World Civilizations from 1500
3
HI
HS 115 The United States to 1877
3
H
HS 116 The United States since 1877
3
H
Non-West: Select one of the following courses: (3 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
HS 110
China & Japan since 1800
3
HI

HS 264 Latin America Society
3
HI
CW
HS 109 China & Japan to 1800
3
HI
 
HS 363 Southern Africa
3
HI
 
Geography (3 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
IS 105 World Regional Geography
3
I
Civics and Government (14-15 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PS 101 Introduction to American Government
4
S
PS 102 Introduction to International Politics
4
SI
PS 216 State and Local Government
3
PS 101
S
PS 221 or
IC 202
American Political Thought
Shaping the American Mind
3
4
PS 101

H
IC
CW

Economics (6 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
EB 105 International Economic Issues
3
SI
EB 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
3
S
Anthropology (3 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
AN 151 Introduction to Anthropology
3
SI
Psychology (3 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
3
S
Sociology (3 credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
S

Knowledge In-Depth Social Studies Courses (9 credits)

Students must take three "Knowledge in-depth courses" from the following list. Many of them have pre-requisites within the Social Studies Core. If you do not have the prerequisite, you may take the course with the permission of the instructor.

Course Number Title
Credits
Prerequisites
Dist.
Skills
HS 302 Crime in European History
3

HI
CW
HS 322 Women's Lives - Medieval Europe
3
 
H
CW
HS 305 The American Revolution
3
HS 115
H
CW
HS 309 Civil War & Reconstruction
3
HS 115 or HS 116
H
CW
HS 272 Early North America
3
HS 116
H
CW
HS 262 North American Environmental History
3
HS 116
H
HS 312 The New South: 1877-1990
3
HS 116
H
HS 311 20th Century American Wars
3
HS 116
H
HS 325 US Since 1945
3
HS 116
H
HS 306 People's Republic of China
3
HS 107
HI
CW
HS 323 Social Violence in Latin America
3
HS 262, PS 102 or permission
HI
HS 348 Contemporary Latin America
3
HS 264 or PS 102 or permission
HI
PS 313 Congress and the Presidency
3
PS 101
S
CW
PS 318 Parties, Elections, Campaigns
3
PS 101
S
PS 243 United States Foreign Policy
3
PS 102
SI
PS 332 International Law & Human Rights
3
PS 102
SI
CW
Requirements for Social Studies Certification Secondary Education (Distribution of Credits)
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updated 06.12