with Social Studies Teacher Certification

The USAO Social Studies certification program is offered through the Division of Business and Social Sciences and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is to prepare individuals to become effective social studies teachers and to obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in social studies. This program is a standards-based program, based upon the standards set forth by the National Council for the Social Studies, the State Competencies, and the findings from "Effective Teacher" research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what social studies teachers should know and do.

Individuals successfully completing this program are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach social studies (American history, economics, geography, Oklahoma history, Sociology, U.S. government, and world history) in grades 6 through 12. Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified.  It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state. 

A program checklist for a degree in history with teacher certification in social studies is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in social studies should consult Dr. Kevin Crow, the social studies education advisor.

 

History Degree with Social Studies Teacher Certification

Program Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Satisfied the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
Satisfied the Professional Portfolio Requirement
Admission to the Professional Trimester
Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
Successful Completion of Certification Exams

 

Required General Education/Liberal Arts Courses

IDS 1001 Freshman Orientation
Computer Proficiency
IDS 1013 Rhetoric/Critical Thinking
IDS 1113 Writing I
IDS 1213 Writing II
IDS 1133 Individual in Contemp Society
IDS 1223 Mathematics in the Modern World
IDS 2013 Foundations of Physical Science
IDS 2023 Foundations of Life Science
IDS 2011 Foundations of Life Science Lab
IDS 2133 American Civilization (History & Government) I
IDS 2143 American Civilization (History & Government) II
IDS 3223 Political & Economic Systems and Theories
IDS 3313 World Thought and Culture to 500 C.E.
IDS 3323 World Thought and Culture from 500 to 1650 C.E.
IDS 4333 World Thought and Culture from 1650 C.E. to Present
IDS 4522 Senior Seminar
PHED 1011 Concepts of Health and Fitness
PHED Any Activity (1 hour)
Artistic Expression, 2 hours

TOTAL HOURS in General Education: 47

 

Required Professional Education Courses

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Development and Learning
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School & Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 3343 Educational Media and Technology
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory

*EDUC 4405 Student Teaching
*EDUC 4305
*EDUC 4542 Applied Professional Studies

HIST 4763 Methods of Teaching Social Studies

*Courses must be taken concurrently.

TOTAL HOURS in Professional Education: 34

 

Required Social Studies Courses

HIST 1103 Oklahoma History
HIST 1213 Ancient  Civilizations
HIST 1223 Midieval Civilizations
HIST 1233 Modern Civilizations
HIST 3663 Colonial & Revolutionary America to 1789
HIST 3773 United States 1789-1877
HIST 3883 United States 1877-1945
HIST 3993 Contemporary U.S., 1945-Present
SOC 1123 General Sociology
PSCI 2343 Government of the United States
ECON 2113 Principles of Economics I
ECON 2123 Principles of Economics II
Social Studies Electives 3 Hrs.
GEOG 1103 Principles of Human Geography, GEOG 3303 Politcal Geography of the Modern World OR
GEOG 2203 Nature of Geographic Problems
Students whose major is History must complete HIST 4233, History Seminar.

TOTAL HOURS IN SOCIAL STUDIES: 42

MINOR IN EDUCATION:

A minor in education is available for a student pursuing a major in History. A student must be successfully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to be able to enroll in any 3000 or 4000 level Professional Education course.

16 hours including:
EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School and Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory

HIST 4763 (Methods Course)