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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2021-2022 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  May 20, 2024
2021-2022 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary Education Social Studies, BA

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Secondary Education Major

The Division of Education offers secondary education degrees and certification in the following areas of concentration: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, social studies, English, and mathematics. In addition, students who are completing certification requirements in one of the science programs may choose to add certification requirements in general science without any additional coursework. Students who complete all of their specific program’s requirements, meet graduation requirements, and pass all required certification tests will be certified in Pennsylvania to teach their program content in grades 7-12. Certification requirements vary in other states, but Pennsylvania certification typically is accepted by most states for initial employment. Prospective undergraduate students and post baccalaureate students seeking certification only may find the most current information on each program’s course requirements in the Division’s Program Handbook.

The following is a summarized description of each secondary education program’s requirements.

Concentration in Social Studies (128 credits)

Completion of this program certifies graduates to teach anthropology, history, geography, political science, sociology, psychology, and economics to grades 7-12. (Students choose one of three strands: geography, history, or political science.)

Pre-Education Curriculum Consists of General Education and Educational Studies:

Pre-Education students take a 1 credit Introduction to Education course and must fulfill the university’s WOK (Worlds of Knowledge) requirements as indicated by the program.

Secondary Education Social Studies majors also complete curriculum in the content area:

  • Content area courses (48 credits)

Upper-Level Secondary Education Curriculum:

All courses in the upper-level secondary education curriculum must be taken at Pitt-Johnstown. The final term generally is reserved for student teaching and the student teaching seminar.

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