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Secondary Social Studies
For Information Contact 
Dr. Mariann Tillery, Dean
Roberts Hall
336-841-9286

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Students who wish to obtain licensure to teach courses in secondary schools must major in the specific area they choose.  The students are also advised in their major department.  The students then follow the requirements of the major, the requirements of the university core curriculum, and the professional education requirements. 

Program Goals:  

  • That prospective high school social studies teachers will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for high school social studies students.
  • That prospective social studies teachers will show evidence of progress toward higher cognitive-developmental stages.

Program Objectives:   

  • To acquire the general knowledge and skills in the social studies content area in order to competently teach and extend the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in Social Studies.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of theories and principles of human growth and development and learning and of their implications for providing developmentally appropriate instruction for high school students.
  • To develop an understanding of basic principles of curriculum planning and implementation and to demonstrate the ability to plan and execute varied instructional strategies appropriate for a comprehensive program in social studies.
  • To demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to people from diverse backgrounds (race, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, handicapping  conditions, special needs).
  • To participate in a series of increasingly complex field experiences designed to develop and refine skills in managing all aspects of the high school social studies teacher's role and to provide the conditions for cognitive-developmental growth.
  • To develop the habit of reflecting on experience as a basis for decision-making and as a component of professional growth.
  • To demonstrate the use of technological tools and skills for planning, presenting, assessing, and record keeping.

Course Requirements:  

Students have a choice of obtaining a license to teach either history or comprehensive social studies in the secondary school (grades 9-12).  In either case, the student must follow the catalog requirements for that major.  In addition, the student must complete the High Point University Core Curriculum and the required professional education courses for secondary licensure.

 

Course Number  

Course Title  

Hours  

History 101 & 102

Western Civilization

6

History 205 & 206

American History 1607 to the Present

6

History 208

Historiography

3

History 211

North Carolina Past and Present

3

History 499

Senior Seminar

3


 

North American History (including North Carolina, Canada and Mexico)

3


Latin America, African, Middle Eastern, or Asian History

6


European history (including Russia, Britain and Eastern Europe)

6


**Elective

3

History Major with License to Teach Social Studies

A student who desires to become licensed to teach social studies at the secondary level must complete 39 hours in history.  These 39 hours  include the following core courses  in the major:

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

History 101 & 102    

Western Civilization

6

History 205 & 206

American History 1607 to the Present

6

History 208

Historiography

3

History 211

North Carolina Past and Present

3

History 499

Senior Seminar

3

Geography 310

Regional and Political Geography

3

In addition to these core courses in the major, the student must select the following:


North American history (including Canada and Mexico)

3


Latin America, African, Middle Eastern or Asian History

6


European History (including Russia, Britain and Eastern Europe)

6

In addition to the 39 required hours in History, a student who desires licensure on the secondary level in social studies must complete the following support courses:

Economics 207

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Political Science 201

United States Government

3

Political Science 202

State and Local Government

3

Political Science 305

International Relations

3

Sociology 201

Introduction to Sociology

3

Sociology 205

Cultural Anthropology

3

Professional Education Courses for All Licensure Areas

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

Education 202

Psychology of Development in Education

3

Education 219

Education Practicum I - Life Span Education (Co-requisite: Education 202)

1

Education 235

Education in the Secondary Grades

3

Education 224

Sophomore Fieldwork (Co-requisite: Education 235)

1

Education 245

Introduction to Special Education

3

Education 246

Special Education Practicum (Co-requisite: Education 245)

1

 Admission to the Teacher Education Program required before enrolling in 300-level education courses

Education 311

Technology in Education

Education 316

Literacy and Learning I

2

Education 317

Literacy and Learning II

1

Education 328

Educational Psychology

3

Education 391-395

Methods of Instruction in Secondary Education (Choose one according to licensure area) - English, 391, Mathematics, 392, Science, 394, or Social Studies, 395.

3

Education 347

Classroom and Behavioral Management: Secondary Focus 

3

Education 412

Technology Application and Integration for the 21st Century

1

Education 420

Senior Practicum

1

Education 433

Internship in the Secondary School

11