Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Middle-Level Social Studies (4-8), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED)

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Learner and Learning - Young Adolescent Development (SRU UG 2, 3, 5, 9)

Middle Level Curriculum (SRU UG 2, 9)

Middle Level Philosophy and School Organization (SRU UG 5, 7, 8, 9)

Middle Level Instruction and Assessment (SRU UG 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Middle Level Professional Roles (SRU UG 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)

Degree Program Writing Competency (SRU UG 1)

Related Links

Middle-Level Education - Social Studies, BSED Program Page

 

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 3.0 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PECT) or a 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PECT) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification.

Summary*

Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Major Requirements76

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
HIST 180Spotlight on the Past3
Social Science Inquiry
POLS 101American National Government3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements (12 credits)
MATH 210Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I3
MATH 310Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
Select one of the following:3
Ancient World to the Age of Global Encounters
Early Modern to Contemporary World
Total Hours42
1

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

DIVERSITY,  EQUITY,  AND INCLUSION REQUIREMENT

Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 40 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 40 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • All grades in Professional Education & Specialization must be grades of “C” or above.
Middle Level Education
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 13
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 13
SEFE 251Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 13
SEFE 300Middle Level Cognitive Development 13
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice 13
Choose one of the following:3
Teaching Middle Level Social Studies 1
Teaching of Middle Level and Secondary Social Studies and the Engl Language Arts for the Humanities
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 13
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 13
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 13
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education 13
SEFE 426Practicum in Middle-Level & Secondary Education 11
SEFE 456Student Teaching - Middle Level Grades 1,212
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 1,33
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 1,23
Subtotal49
Social Studies Certification Specialization
HIST 180Spotlight on the Past 33
Select one of the following:3
Ancient World to the Age of Global Encounters 3
Early Modern to Contemporary World 3
HIST 435Pennsylvania3
POLS 101American National Government 33
HIST 300/400 level3
HIST 300/400 level3
Select two Social Studies courses from the following:6
Economics of Social Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography
Discover Geography
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Select one History course from the following:3
Colonial US to the Civil War Era
US Civil War Era to Present
Subtotal27
Total Hours76
1

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements but not for Major GPA

2

SPED 315 & SEFE 456 must be taken in the same semester.

3

Credits earned in these courses will be applied to Rock Studies 2.

*

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Grades 4-6 Core Content Areas  

  • To meet the English Language Arts 12 credit Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, students must complete SEFE 251 – Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 if they have not completed ENGL 102.
English/Language Arts
ENGL 102Critical Writing 13
ENGL 104Critical Reading 13
ENGL 305Practicum: Teaching Writing3
ENGL 328Young Adult Literature3
Math
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
MATH 118Elementary Geometry3
MATH 210Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 13
MATH 310Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 13
Science
SCI 101Science of Life 13
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World 13
Select two of the following classes from different departments:6
General Biology
Environmental Biology
The Human Body: Fundamentals of Structure and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Introduction Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
Environmental Geology
Physical Geology
Meteorology/Lab
Concepts of Science I with Lab
Elements of Physics I with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
Subtotal36
Total Hours36
1

Credits earned in these courses will be applied to Rock Studies 2.

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

  • Teacher candidacy requires a minimum of 3.0 GPA with no basic skills or a 2.8 GPA with demonstration that basic skills have been met. 

Basic Courses
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
Math Requirement
Any 6 credits in MATH or STAT6
Total Hours21

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

MIDDLE-LEVEL SOCIAL STUDIES (4-8) - BSED (1234)
This program is effective as of Fall 2023
Revised 04.30.2024
UCC 02.27.2024

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
HIST 180 Spotlight on the Past 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
 Hours16
Spring
SEFE 200 Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 118 Elementary Geometry 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
SEFE 230 Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 3
POLS 101 American National Government 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
BIO/CHEM/EGEO/PHYS Course 1 3
Social Studies Course Major 3
 Hours15
Spring
SEFE 326 ELL Strategies and Practice 3
MATH 210 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient World to the Age of Global Encounters
Early Modern to Contemporary World
BIO/CHEM/EGEO/PHYS Course 2 3
Social Studies Certification Specialization Course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
SEFE 370 Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 3
SEFE 380 History and Philosophy of Education 3
ENGL 328 Young Adult Literature 3
MATH 310 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours15
Spring
SEFE 300 Middle Level Cognitive Development 3
SEFE 342 Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 3
ENGL 305 Practicum: Teaching Writing 3
Social Studies Certification Specialization Course 3
Social Studies Certification Specialization Course 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
SEFE 251 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 3
SEFE 335 Teaching Middle Level Social Studies 3
Social Studies Course Major 3
SEFE 338 Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 3
SEFE 426 Practicum in Middle-Level & Secondary Education 1
Social Studies Certification Specialization Course 3
 Hours16
Spring
SEFE 456 Student Teaching - Middle Level Grades 12
SPED 315 Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours**122
1

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject

*

Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 1233
Revised: 09.12.2023