Major in Social Sciences with Track in Secondary Education

http://www.towson.edu/idis/sosc

Social Sciences majors with a track in Secondary Education receive certification to teach social science at the secondary level in Maryland upon graduation. Students must see the Department of Secondary Education about admission into that program.  

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements and the requirements specified by the Department of Secondary Education, students must complete 54 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher from among the following courses. Students must also complete a Social Sciences portfolio.

Required Courses
ANTH 207CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
SOSC 401TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE3
HIST 102HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION THROUGH THE 17TH CENTURY3
HIST 103HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION FROM THE 17TH CENTURY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
HIST 146HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR3
HIST xxx African, Asian or Latin American History Course3
HIST xxx Elective HIST course3
POSC 103AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Select two of the following: 6
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
Select one of the following: 3
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
STATE GOVERNMENT
Electives
Students must complete three upper-division courses (300-400) from any of the seven disciplines in the program. The upper-division courses must be taken at Towson University.9
Total Units54

Secondary Teacher Education Requirements

In addition to majoring in one of the certification subject areas as well as satisfying the university Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete the professional education courses listed below.

Required Professional Courses for Secondary Education

A minimum grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required for all courses with an overall grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 in professional education courses.

ISTC 301INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY (prerequisite: PSYC 101)3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 401ANALYZING INTERNSHIP2
SCED 419YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (English majors only)3
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS 14
SCED 462SEMINAR IN TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS1
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 33
TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Internship Requirement by Major
Select one of the following based on major: 12
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- ENGLISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- FRENCH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- HISTORY
STUDENT TEACHING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SPANISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SOCIAL SCIENCE
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (taken concurrently with SCED 499)3
SCED 499INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 26
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Additional requirements to be integrated into Core Curriculum:
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE3
1

Taken concurrently with SCED 341 and shares a required field experience

2

Taken at a professional development school during the fall or spring term, whichever precedes the full-time internship term, with Methods of Teaching Major Subject and SCED 461 

3

Some methods courses are offered spring or fall only. Check with your adviser. 

The Professional Year

As part of their yearlong professional internship, all teacher candidates begin these activities in Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are schools in which the Department of Secondary Education and the College of Education have partnerships in which the PDS and the Department collaborate  on a number of issues, including serving as in-school sites for courses as well as the activities taking place during the Full-Time Internship year. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP

  1. All students must meet the following GPA requirements to be admitted to student teaching: 2.75 GPA in major field and 3.00 in professional education courses with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, based on transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, including Towson University. (Consult with SCED adviser.)
  2. All preservice students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study requires an intensive and extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public school setting (pre-K through 12) are required to undergo a criminal background check before entering this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the Center for Professional Practice.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
PSYC 1013COMM 1313
HIST 102 or 1033HIST 103 or 1023
HIST 145 or 1463HIST 146 or 1453
POSC 103 or SOCI 1013SOCI 101 or POSC 1033
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST Global survey course1EDUC 2033
EDUC 2023ECON 202 or 2013
Core 43SOSC 4013
ECON 201 or 2023Core 74
GEOG 101 or 109 (GEOG 101 fulfills Core 8)3ANTH 2073
 12 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 9 (HIST 300 strongly recommended)3SCED 3043
HIST Upper-Level course3SCED 3414
SCED 3053SCED 4604
Select one of the following: 3SPED 3013
Upper-Level Social Science course (HIST or POSC strongly recommended)3
 
 
 
GEOG 101 or 109 (GEOG 101 fulfills Core 8.)3 
Core 33 
 18 17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SCED 4991-6SCED 38912
SCED 4613SCED 4011-3
SCED 3553SCED 4621
Upper-Level Social Science course (HIST or POSC strongly recommended)3 
Upper-Level Social Science course (HIST or POSC strongly recommended)3 
ISTC 3013 
 16-21 14-16
Total Units 123-130
1

HIST 110 HIST 111, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 121, HIST 122, HIST 135, HIST 160, HIST 161, or upper-level course in global field # HIST 307-HIST 313, HIST 315- HIST 329, HIST 338-HIST 340 HIST 354/HIST 384, HIST 399/HIST 439, HIST 478