Social Studies/Secondary Education

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

Students who want to become secondary Social Studies teachers (grades 5-Adult) complete a series of Secondary Education courses, requirements for General Education Foundations (GEF) components that are related to the area of specialization, and courses specific to the area of specialization: Social Studies, Grade 5-Adult.

The program boasts a clear set of research-based program goals and carefully sequenced learning experiences. Students will learn to integrate what one teaches with how it is taught and will receive more than 1,000 hours of experience in public school classrooms. The program functions in close collaboration with exemplary local public schools and has selective and rigorous standards for admission and retention of students as well as rigorous performance requirements that are relevant to effective teaching practice.

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen to the College of Education and Human Services may qualify for direct admission to the Pre-Education major either through their cumulative high school GPA or through ACT or SAT. To be admitted to the program as an incoming freshman, a student must have one of the following:

  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • ACT 23
  • SAT 1030 (combined Math and Critical Reading)
To be admitted to the Social Studies/Secondary Education major::
  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • ACT 26
  • SAT 1170 (combined Math and Critical Reading)

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37
University Requirements34
First Year Seminar
GEF Requirements: credits may vary because of overlap
Undergraduate Professional Education Coursework30
Education Colloquium
Professional Inquiry in Education
Learning in Educational Settings
Practicum 1/Technology Application
Practicum 2/Technology Application
Instructional Design and Evaluation
Managing and Organizing Learning Environments
Practicum 3/Technology Application
Practicum 4: Technology Application
Reading in the Content Areas
Special Education in Contemporary Society
Differentiated Secondary Instruction
C&I Methods Course3
Content Area Coursework58
Total Hours125

NOTE: See Graduate Catalog for Master's degree requirements (MA in Secondary Education, Social Studies)

Major Learning Goals

Social studies/Secondary education

The learning goals for the WVU Secondary Teacher Education Program are to prepare students who:

  1. Have commitment and skills to engage in life-long learning;
  2. Are effective communicators;
  3. Recognize that teaching is a professional, moral, and ethical enterprise with well-developed ethical frameworks which facilitate effective teaching;
  4. Will serve as a facilitator of learning for all students;
  5. Possess in-depth knowledge of both pedagogy and content, and the relationships between them;
  6. Are reflective practitioners;
  7. Are aware of, and have respect for, human diversity;
  8. Value and integrate knowledge from a wide variety of fields, are creative and open to new ideas, and are able to act constructively in a world characterized by technological, cultural, and societal diversity and change.