Jun 03, 2023
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This program in the Political Science Department allows students who major in political science to qualify for certification to teach adolescence education in social studies (grades 7-12). It combines a major in political science with additional course work and professional teacher preparation.
- Teaching adolescence social studies
- Professional schools such as law or social work
- Government and non-profit agencies and organizations
B. Professional Preparation: 38-41 credit hours
Required Courses: 17 credit hours
Select 3 additional credit hours in geography
Select 3 credit hours in economics
Select 15 credit hours in history
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C. Professional Sequence: Junior year, 7 credit hours
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher to be enrolled in coursework that includes field experiences. For more information, see Policies for Early Field Experiences in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
D. Professional Sequence: Senior year, 19 credit hours
The SST senior professional sequence — AED 301, AED 400, 401, and 402 — is for seniors meeting all SST major and program requirements. AED 301 should be taken in the fall semester that precedes student teaching. Student teaching is a capstone experience. Students who cannot graduate by the December following student teaching may not register for the AED 400, 401, 402 sequence.
Eligibility for Student Teaching Requirements
- Acceptance into the adolescence education: social studies (7-12) major by the beginning of the second semester of the junior year.
- Senior status, at or near 90 credit hours, with 24 credit hours in the social science content major, which must be officially declared.
- Overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
- Grade point average of 2.7 or higher in the social science content major.
- A grade of C or higher in AED 300.
- A grade of C or higher in ECO 105 or ECO 110 and GRY 120 or GRY 125 and POL 100 and PSY 232.
- Social studies and economics [SST_ECO] dual majors must have a grade of C or higher in ECO 105 and ECO 110 and ECO 111.
- A grade of C- or higher in any introductory course in the social science content major portion of the dual major. Introductory courses are defined as follows within the dual majors:
- Social studies and African American studies [SST_AAS], anthropology [SST_ANT], geography [SST_GRY], and international studies [SST_IST]: any 100- or 200-level courses in the social science content major requirements.
- Social studies and history [SST_HIS]: HIS 100, HIS 101, HIS 110, HIS 111, HIS 200 and HIS 201.
- Social studies and political science [SST_POL]: POL 100, POL 101, POL 102, POL 110, POL 112, POL 202 and POL 240.
- Social studies and sociology [SST_SOC]: any 100- or 200-level courses in the social science content major requirements except SOC 235.
Students are permitted to retake these courses; however, the grade point average and grade requirements must be met by the end of the fall semester immediately before student teaching.
The following must be completed prior to student teaching.
- Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
- Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
- Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Spring semester only. No other courses may be taken during the student teaching semester.
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 126
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