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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

B.S.Ed. with a major in Social Science

BSE in Social Science requires 138 hours minimum
Credits are in semester hours

Social Science

North Dakota State Standards 8.22 (Social Studies Composite)

8.22.1F In the social studies composite major curriculum the program requires the study of a broad base of social studies including history, political science and civics, economics, geography, sociology or psychology or cultural anthropology or global studies. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

The Social Science BSE requires that each candidate complete 63 credits of social science course work in addition to the professional education sequence of courses. Deliberately composite, the degree program produces candidates well-prepared to teach at the middle and secondary school levels in a number of disciplines. Candidates take courses in economics, geography, political science and civics, sociology, and history. In addition, candidates take courses from a designated social science area, in particular, SS 390, Secondary History/Social Science Teaching Methods, and SS 283, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America. Although not included as part of the core, candidates complete at least six credits of psychology as part of their education professional sequence requirements.

Specifically, the program of study requires a rigorous grounding in:
*Economics, including the introductory surveys, an elective, and Economics 418 (History of Economic Thought)
*Geography, including principles, a world regional course, North America, and a regional elective
*Political Science or civics, including the political science surveys and six elective credits encompassing such themes as political philosophy, political geography, foreign policy, law and society, and political sociology
*Sociology, including the introductory survey and Sociology 201 (Social Problems) *History, the largest component, ensuring coverage of history surveys, historical methodology, and advanced coursework with a U. S. or European and non-western focus.

Taken as a whole, the social science program at Minot State University produces students with the knowledge base and skill set to make and act upon informed decisions in a diverse, but increasingly integrated, global community.

8.22.2 The program requires study of structure, key concepts, methodology, and generalizations that connect the various social studies, including the examination of professional standards and expectations for P-12 education. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

All candidates take at least two semesters of introductory or survey course work in the various disciplines that make up the Social Sciences. These courses, then, incorporate an examination of the structure, key concepts, methodology, and generalizations that make up that particular discipline. In addition, these courses incorporate key concepts and methodological tools borrowed from the other social sciences. For example, history surveys often incorporate modes of analysis associated with sociology and political science.
All candidates are required to take History 280 Practice and Method. This colloquium introduces candidates to the tools, research and writing methods, resources and theoretical approaches required in upper level history courses, skills applicable to all of the social science disciplines. The course also features discussion of readings that illustrate a wide variety of historical approaches and methods.
All candidates must take SS390 Secondary History/Social Science Teaching Methods. This is a methods course designed for those intending to teach history and social studies at the secondary level. The course includes a study of classroom techniques, a micro-teaching experience, and a practicum in a secondary level social studies classroom.
As part of their Professional Education Sequence, all candidates must take 25 credits of education courses (ED prefix) that include as part of their curricula the examination of professional standards and expectations for P-12 education.

8.22.3 The program requires study of multi-cultural, cross-cultural, diversity, global issues and multiple perspectives. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

By its very nature, the Social Science BSE program requires study of multi-cultural, cross-cultural, diversity, global issues and multiple perspectives. Particularly relevant courses include GEOG 161 World Regional; the History Surveys; the Political Science Surveys; and SOC 201 Social Problems. Upper level elective requirements also ensure that this standard is met. History electives, for instance, are distributed so that candidates take one course with a non-western focus and one course with a U. S. or European focus. Incorporated into all history courses are such perspectives as globalism, multiculturalism, gender, and ethnicity.
In addition, all candidates are required to take SS 283 Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America, a course that examines the historical development of American ethnic and cultural diversity, including Native American, and places that diversity in global perspective.

8.22.4 The program requires study of current events including controversial issues. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

Coursework in economics, geography, political science, and sociology are especially relevant to this standard. For example, SOC 201 Social Problems presents a sociological analysis of major social problems. In addition, any number of upper level history electives as well as the second half of the survey courses presents material directly relevant to current events. Moreover, in all of its courses, the history department ensures that all candidates make connections to the present, as the past continually informs the present.
All candidates are required to take History 280 Practice and Method. Part of the curriculum for this course involves a study of contemporary controversial historical issues. Recent topics have included the Enola Gay exhibit controversy at the Smithsonian Institution and the National History Standards controversy.
All candidates are required to take SS 283 Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America. Most readings deal directly with current events. As ethnic and cultural issues are often controversial, all candidates confront and deal with these issues directly. Examples of reading material for the course can be found at http://history.minotstateu.edu:8080/ss283f2003ethnicj under "Readings" and "Group Assignments."

8.22.5 The program requires studying methods of teaching social studies including current trends in social studies with an examination of various teaching methods and techniques. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

All candidates are required to take SS 390 Secondary History/Social Science Teaching Methods. This is a methods course designed for those intending to teach history and social studies at the secondary level. The course includes a study of classroom techniques, a micro-teaching experience, and a practicum in a secondary level social studies classroom. Each candidate must also complete Education 493 Student Teaching, supervised teaching in secondary school. Prerequisites include recommendation by the candidate’s advisor, division/department chair, and TEAC; admission to Teacher Education; and completion of all other required education coursework.

8.22.6 The program requires the study of current, appropriate instructional technologies. The program uses varied assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

The Social Science Division incorporates technology into all of its courses from electronic access to syllabi, assignments, and data bases to class presentations utilizing Power Point or collaborative software. In particular, the History Department has led the university in the use of collaborative software to facilitate teaching, strengthen learning outcomes, and foster candidate interaction. In addition, each candidate is required to take ED 380 Technology in Teaching 2 cr. Strategies for the instructional uses of technology including multimedia presentation, e-mail, internet, spreadsheets, data bases, and emerging technologies.