Social Studies Education

Prepare to Teach and Inspire Future Generations With a Social Studies Education Degree

Develop a strong understanding of social studies as you discover the most effective teaching methods and find your educational style of teaching.

At South Carolina State University, our Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education degree program will prepare you to effectively organize, plan, implement, and assess instruction according to learner needs. You’ll develop a strong repertoire of appropriate strategies, based upon principles of human growth and best practices, as well as related state and national standards.

As a social studies education major, you’ll learn to:

  • Present accurate content
  • Plan for diverse learning styles
  • Practice effective communication
  • Leverage technology to improve learning
  • Foster positive interactions among students, parents, teachers, staff members, and other stakeholders

Our social studies education degree program will help you explore the latest research theories in social studies education and utilize this knowledge in field experiences in the classroom and beyond.

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face
  • Hybrid
  • Online

Social Studies Education Major Program Highlights

Our social studies education degree program is designed to provide you with the skills, insights, and knowledge to pass the state teaching certification required to become a social studies teacher. You’ll be well-prepared to embark on your career path in the teaching of social studies and other related career paths.

Highlights of our social studies education major program include:

Leverage extensive resources for success

As a student in our social studies education major program, you’ll benefit from access to numerous student resources to help you achieve success during your education and once you graduate. South Carolina State’s student success and retention programs and related services include:

  • Multipurpose Academic Computer (MAC) Lab
  • Peer tutorial services
  • Student Leadership Orientation Program
  • Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarly Holistic (PUSH) Writing Center

Receive personal attention from mentoring faculty

Our low student-to-faculty ratio (14:1) allows our social studies education faculty to provide you with personal attention and mentoring. On average, 60% of our classes have fewer than 20 students.

Benefit from personalized academic advising and career services

As a social studies education major, you’ll benefit from working with academic advisers for the social studies education program who offer extensive experience in social studies education—many have also kept their teaching certifications current. You’ll also receive extensive career preparation and support as you get ready to launch your teaching career.

Gain real-world experience in a classroom

In your final semester of the social studies education major program, you’ll complete an on-site field experience as a social studies teacher in a real classroom. You’ll provide actual instruction and teaching in social studies in collaboration with your program adviser and field experience teacher.

14:1

Student-to-faculty ratio in social studies major courses

100%

Job placement rates for recent graduates of the social studies education program

4

Years to complete your social studies education major program

What Can You Do With Your B.S. in Social Studies Education Degree?

While most of our social studies education degree program graduates pursue K–12 teaching, many also choose to pursue advanced degrees in education administration, learning mentorship, museum education, and more.

Social studies education majors who have pursued career paths outside the classroom have found success in jobs like:

  • Tutor
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Corporate or organizational education instructor

What Will You Study in Our Social Studies Education Major Program?

South Carolina State’s social studies education program is designed to prepare you to meet teacher certification requirements in the state. Our program can also prepare you for teaching careers at the secondary and postsecondary levels, among other career paths.

The curriculum for the social studies education degree program requires completion of 122 credit hours. Your core courses will include:

  • English
  • Political Science
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Speech
  • Mathematics