Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure (9-12), Bachelor of Arts

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS
36
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS 29
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 65
PRESCRIBED COURSES ATTAINABLE IN GEN ED: POLS 202, ECON 203, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 245, PSYC 201, SSCI 205, COMM 230, AND BIOL 104 OR GEOL 105 OR GEOL 106

Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure at Gardner-Webb University is state-approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Program Requirements

Required Major Hours (27 hours)

COMM 230Technology and American Society

3

ECON 203Principles of Economics I (Economics and the Free Market System)

3

GEOG 102World Regional Geography

3

HIST 200Introduction to Historical Study

3

HIST 244Survey of United States History to 1877

3

HIST 245Survey of United States History from 1877 to the Present

3

POLS 202American Government

3

SOCI 201Introduction to Sociology

3

SSED 432Instructional Methods for Secondary Social Studies

3

Geography Elective (3 hours)

Choose one of the following.
GEOG 101Introduction to Physical Geography

3

GEOG 430Special Topics

3

Political Science Elective (3 hours)

Choose one of the following.
POLS 304State and Local Government in the United States

3

POLS 314The Courts

3

POLS 316Public Opinion

3

POLS 320Constitutional Law I: Structure and Institution

3

POLS 322Foreign Policy of the United States

3

POLS 323American Political Parties

3

POLS 324Constitutional Law II: Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment

3

POLS 325Southern Politics

3

POLS 333The President and Congress

3

POLS 430Special Topics

3

GLST 202International Relations and Comparative Politics

3

Social Science Elective (3 hours)

Choose one of the following.
ECON 204Principles of Economics II

3

GLST 340International Political Economy

3

HIST 314Making America: Colonization, Revolution and the U.S. Constitution

3

HIST 318Civil War and Reconstruction

3

HIST 324/RELI 324American Christianity

3

HIST 325The History of the New South

3

HIST 345North Carolina History

3

HIST 401Slavery in the Atlantic

3

HIST 402The Long Civil Rights Movement

3

HIST 411Diplomatic History of the United States

3

HIST 431Special Topics: American History

3

HIST 331Nineteenth-Century Europe

3

HIST 332Twentieth-Century Europe

3

HIST 380Modern Germany Since 1789

3

HIST 383The Second World War

3

HIST 311Medieval Europe

3

HIST 322/RELI 322Early and Medieval Christianity

3

HIST 327The Renaissance and Reformation

3

HIST 414History of England to 1688

3

POLS 351Politics of Developing Areas

3

POLS 352African Politics

3

POLS 353Middle East Politics

3

POLS 355Asian Politics

3

POLS 430Special Topics

3

RELI 346World Religions

3

SOCI 202Social Problems

3

SOCI 310/PSYC 310Social Psychology

3

SOCI 400Minority Groups

3

SOCI 430Special Topics: Sociology

3

NOTE: Students must complete ONE 300-level and ONE 400-level Writing Intensive course.

Required Minor Hours (29 hours)

Professional Education Minor

Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program, as outlined in the School of Education’s section of this Catalog (entitled “Admission to the Teacher Education Program”). All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of two full semesters prior to the semester in which they intend to student teach. Ideally, students should interview no later than the end of the first semester of their junior year.

PSYC 303Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 250Teaching in the 21st Century Schools

4

EDUC 316Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

3

EDUC 350Diverse Populations in 21st Century Schools

4

EDUC 440Classroom Management

3

EDUC 450Student Teaching

12

Total Credit Hours: 65

Additional Requirements for Transfer Majors

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete HIST 101 and HIST 102 as part of the General Education curriculum. Transfer students seeking Social Studies Professional Educator’s licensure must also complete PSYC 201, SSCI 205, and BIOL 104 or GEOL 105 or GEOL 106.

Other Requirements for all Students seeking Teacher Licensure

  • Demonstrate depth of content knowledge and acquisition of analytical, research, and communications skills. Teacher candidates must produce and formally present, utilizing relevant technology, a substantial, quality research project. This is a NCDPI licensure requirement.
  • Make a grade of “C” or better in all courses counted towards meeting any state-mandated content or professional competency
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 or better GPA

In addition to the major and minor, teacher candidates must also complete the following.

  1. General Education Curriculum
    1. Dimensions of the Humanities—Communication requirement will be fulfilled with EDUC 450
    2. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry—Select either BIOL 104 Environment for their Life Science course or GEOL 105 Oceanography and Meteorology or GEOL 106 Environmental Geology for their Physical Science course
  2. If applicable at the time of program completion, achieve a minimum score on the Praxis II Subject Assessment exam. Teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to take the Praxis II exam before student teaching. For additional information, please refer to the Teacher Education Handbook.
  3. At the end of EDUC 450 Student Teaching, teacher candidates must provide evidence of achievement at the Proficient level or higher. Teacher candidates are assessed on all standards (NCPTS 1-5) in accordance with the Teacher Candidate Evaluation Rubric of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System. The rubric includes a range of four categories: Emergent, Developing, Proficient, and Accomplished.

Consult the Secondary Social Studies Licensure Coordinator, Professor Bradley Phillis, to stay current with licensure requirements.