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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2016-2017 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
    
 
  Aug 02, 2021
 
2016-2017 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 (136-138 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:


Students typically take the following pre-education credits during their freshman and sophomore years.

  • University Scholarship (1 credit)
  • English Composition (6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (12-14 credits)
  • Humanities (12 credits)
  • Social Sciences (24-27 credits)
  • Educational Studies (18 credits)

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


  • Content area courses (30 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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