Social Studies Education 7-12 - BS

  • “The education at Pitt-Bradford was top-notch. It prepared me for graduate school perfectly.”

    Evan Greening, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education, assistant men’s basketball coach at Marymount University

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    Thinking about being a social studies teacher one day? Would you like to introduce students to new cultures? Give them history lessons? Teach them about government? Then our social studies education major might be just right for you. 

    As a social studies education major, you take all the necessary education and social studies-related courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom. But, it won't be all classroom work. You'll also get a chance to student teach in a middle school or high school class. 

    When you graduate, you'll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.

    What can you do with a degree in Social Studies Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    "The education program at Pitt-Bradford is synonymous with accomplishment.'' -- Heather Snider, who earned her degree in Social Studies Education 7-12 in 2011 

    All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall.




    Course Requirements in the Major

    All social studies education majors must complete the following core content courses

    Two courses from the following list: (6 cr)

    Europe in the 18th Century

    Europe in the 19th Century

    Europe in the 20th Century

    Medieval Europe

    Renaissance/Reformation Europe


    Take the following

    • PS course in American Government & Politics (3 cr)
    • PS course in Comparative Government & Politics (3 cr)
    • PS course in International Politics (3 cr)
    • PS course in Political Theory (3 cr)
    • HIST 1449 or PS 1449 Capstone 1: Research Methods (3 cr)

    Required Electives

    • Upper-Level History Elective (3 cr)
    • Upper-Level Political Science Elective (3 cr)
    • Math (Second college-level math class required) (3-4 cr)

    Collateral Areas -  24 credits with at least one course in each area

    • Anthropology (ANTH 3 cr)
    • Geography (GEOG 3 cr)
    • Economics (ECON 3 cr)
    • Psychology (PSY 0101 3 cr)
    • Sociology (SOC 3 cr)
    • Two upper-level required collateral electives (6 cr) choose from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, PSY, and SOC.

    Total Credits for Major: 134-136


    You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.

    Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major.  Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. 

    For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website

    Armstrong Donna

    Dr. Donna Dombek

    Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education


    151 Swarts Hall

    Brinda Wayne

    Dr. Wayne Brinda

    Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education


    150 Swarts Hall

    Chitiyo, Jonathan

    Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo

    Assistant Professor of Special Education


    149 Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Teacher at the Spotsylvania County Public School District in Virginia
    • Teacher in Aurora Public Schools in Denver, CO