MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES (GRADES 4-8)

Social Studies Requirements

The following courses (39 hours) are required for the teaching field:
ECON 2307 – Principles of Macroeconomics
EDUC 4303 – Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School
GEOG 1301 – Physical Geography
Select three hours from the following geography courses:
     GEOG 1302 – World and Regional Geography
     GEOG 3305 – Human Geography
HIST 1303 – World Civilization to 1500
HIST 1304 – World Civilization Since 1500
*HIST 2301 – United States History to 1877
*HIST 2302 – United States History since 1877
HIST 3303 – Texas History
HIST 4305 – Recent America
Three hours of non-US upper level history
*POLS 2301 – Federal and State Government
POLS 2302 – State and Local Government

* Nine hours are included in the general education core curriculum

Professional Education – Middle School Certification
In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, and effective teaching and classroom management strategies. It also provides a structured program of field experiences, beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses.

The following courses (33 hours) constitute the professional education sequence:
EDIT 4332 – Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
EDLI 4325 – Developing Reading, Study and Thinking Skills at the Secondary Level
EDUC 2301 – Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education
EDUC 3302 – Instructional Strategies and Practices
EDUC 3313 – Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds
EDUC 4313 – Classroom Management
EDUC 4318 – Becoming a Teacher
EDUC 4328 – Curriculum and Assessment for Secondary School
EDUC 4662 – Middle School Student Teaching