Secondary Certification in Social Studies
The College offers two programs for history or politics majors who seek certification to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12). History students will complete the applied history major with a track in secondary teacher certification.
The first is a Certification in Social Studies. This prepares candidates to teach seven subject areas: history, geography, civics and government, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and economics in Pennsylvania secondary schools. The program includes three required components: (1) a major in history or politics, (2) the social studies core, and (3) the secondary education core.
The second is a Certification in Citizenship Education. This prepares candidates to teach four subject areas: history, geography, civics and government, and economics in Pennsylvania secondary schools. The program includes three required components: (1) a major in history or politics, (2) the citizenship education core, and (3) the secondary education core.
For most students, we recommend the Certification in Social Studies because it prepares them to teach more subject areas and is recognized outside the state of Pennsylvania. The citizenship education core requires four fewer courses, however, and the Certification in Citizenship Education works well for a small group of students. It is important to consult with both the content area coordinator, Dr. James H. Broussard, and the secondary education adviser Dr. Karen Walker, about which program to select. Dr. Broussard is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 717-867-6358.
ECN 105 Essentials of Economics
EDU 450 Curriculum/Instr. for Yng Adol
HIS 103 The Ancient World
HIS 105 Formation of the Modern World
HIS 125 US History to 1865
HIS 126 US History Since 1865
HIS 202 Historical Geography
POL 110 Architecture of American Power
POL 210 Comparative Politics
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power
An upper division course in American government.
PSY 112 General Psychology II
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 120 Introduction to Anthropology
Secondary Education Courses:
SED 115 Intro to Teaching and Learning
SED 363 Teach of Soc Studs in Sec Sch
SED 421 Content Area Literacy
SED 431 Practicum & Methods II
SED 440 Student Teaching
Additional Certification Requirements
Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processes and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page. Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:
1. Completion of one English composition course.
2. Completion of one English or American literature course.
3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.
4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:
SPE 250 Cog Devel of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Ed. Process & Proced.
The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:
SPE 258 Instruct & Behav. Strategies
5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:
For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Lang, Diversity, Achiev.: Pk-8
For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Lang, Diversity, Achieve: 7-12
K-12 certification (languages and music) candidates may take either course.