Teacher Certification in Social Studies

Teacher Certification in Social Studies

  We learn important lessons from what people have done in the past.  I want to be able to teach and tell those stories to others, in order to impart wisdom that isn't my own.  -Jackson Lindgren/Wailuku, HI

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 who can 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.

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
  • Courses listed to the left

Note: Items on this page and page links are intended for informational purposes only. Please consult the current USAO catalog for actual class requirements for this or any other major field of study. Current USAO students should consult their advisor.