Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Secondary Education - Social Studies - History (7-12), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Liberal Studies

This program track prepares students for careers teaching Social Studies / History in secondary schools. Requirements for the Major in Secondary Education (7-12) include a combination of education courses and student teaching experiences that lead to certification for a state-approved teaching license. 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.

Teacher Education Policy Manual

Related Links

Secondary Education - Social Studies and History, BSED Program Page

Secondary Education / Foundations of Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

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


Liberal Studies Requirements42-45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
First Aid Competency0-3
Major Requirements103

* 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.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
INDP 202Introduction to Anthropology 13
Select one of the following:3
Discover Geography
World Regional Geography 1
POLS 101American National Government 13
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology 13
Science, Technology & Math
Goal-Sci (This requirement is waived)0
Goal-Math 23-4
Challenges of the Modern Age
Select one of the following POLS courses:3
The United Nations and International Law
The Political Film
Utopian Experiments: Issues of Gender and Power
Enrichment Course Requirements
The Arts (This requirement is waived)0
Global Community: INDP 106 13
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships: CDEV 248 13
Science, Technology & Math 23-4
Total Hours42-45


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

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 52 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 52 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Professional Education
All grades earned in Professional Education must be a “C” or above.
CDEV 248Human Development and Education 1,23
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 13
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 13
SEFE 319Teaching of Social Studies in Secondary Schools 13
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice 13
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 13
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 13
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education 13
SEFE 426Practicum in Secondary Education 11
SEFE 455Student Teaching - Secondary Education 1,312
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 13
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 1,33
Non-US History Courses
Select two of the following:6
Ancient and Medieval World 1
Rise of the Modern World 1
Contemporary World History 1
US History Courses
Select two of the following:6
Colonial America to 1815 1
United States, 1815-1920 1
U.S. History Since 1920 1
Historian Methods/Historian Craft Course
HIST 205The Historian's Craft (Required) 13
Economics Course
ECON 105Economics of Social Issues (Required) 13
Geography Courses
GES XXXGeography Course 1,23
GES XXXGeography Course 1,23
Political Science Courses
POLS 101American National Government 1,23
POLS XXXPolitical Science Course 13
Professional Studies Courses
INDP 106Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA 1,23
INDP 202Introduction to Anthropology 1,23
Psychology Course
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology 1,23
Secondary Education Social Studies - History Electives
Must take at least six credits in two areas and nine credits in one area21
American History Electives
American History Elective
American History Elective
Non-Western History Electives
Non-Western History Elective
Non-Western History Elective
Non-Western History Elective
European History Electives
European History Elective
European History Elective
European History Elective
Total Hours103

American History Electives

HIST 304American Military History3
HIST 313U.S. Manhood and Masculinities3
HIST 323African American History to 18763
HIST 324African American History Since 18763
HIST 335Outstanding Americans3
HIST 337Native American History3
HIST 344The American City3
HIST 350The American Civil War3
HIST 351Latin America to 18303
HIST 352Latin America Since 18303
HIST 358American Popular Culture, 1865 to the Present3
HIST 364History of Medicine3
HIST 390Experimental3
HIST 435Pennsylvania3
HIST 437The American West3
HIST 445Americans and the Environment3
HIST 450History Internship3
HIST 453American Constitutional History and Law3
HIST 490Independent Study3
HIST 498Selected Topics1-3

European History Electives

HIST 305Russia to 18553
HIST 306Russia Since 18553
HIST 319History of Women to 17503
HIST 331England to 16893
HIST 332Britain Since 16893
HIST 333Medieval Church3
HIST 346Rise of Imperial Britain3
HIST 347Twentieth Century British Culture3
HIST 364History of Medicine3
HIST 390Experimental1-3
HIST 404Violence in Post-45 Europe3
HIST 422Ancient Greece3
HIST 424The Middle Ages3
HIST 426French Revolution and Napoleon3
HIST 427Nineteenth Century Europe3
HIST 450History Internship1-12
HIST 464The Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th Centuries3
HIST 490Independent Study1-3
HIST 498Selected Topics1-3

Non-Western History Electives

HIST 362Africa North of the Zambezi3
HIST 363Southern Africa3
HIST 364History of Medicine3
HIST 370History and the Bible3
HIST 371History of Jews3
HIST 376Modern Japan3
HIST 380Egyptology3
HIST 381East Asian Military Traditions3
HIST 382Modern Asian Pacific Rim3
HIST 386Modern China3
HIST 390Experimental1-3
HIST 406Mass Killing and Genocide in the Modern World3
HIST 450History Internship1-12
HIST 462The Contemporary Middle East3
HIST 463Israel-History, State and Society3
HIST 490Independent Study1-3
HIST 498Selected Topics1-3

First Aid Competency

Complete one of the following:0-3
CPR and First Aid & Safety Certification
First Aid and Safety
Total Hours0-3

Important Information

For information only...Please see adviser for more details pertaining to this certification.

Optional Dual Certification in Secondary Education and Special Education

Secondary Education majors can add special education certification by taking the following courses in addition to those required for the secondary education major:

SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 431Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 432Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 433Assessment Strategies in Special Education3
SPED 434Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices3
SPED 435Processes and Procedures in Special Education3
Total Hours24

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy 

Grades below a “C” are not admissible.

Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation3
Math Requirement for BS in Education
Required Prior to Admission to Teacher Candidacy
MATH 113 or higher6
Total Hours24

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

This major is effective as of Fall 2015.
Liberal Studies Effective Fall 2015
Revised 6-2019
UCC 3.26.2019