Social Science Teaching

Social Science Teaching
Hours77.5 - 94 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.
This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.
For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Complete the following prerequisite:
Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance MUST be completed PRIOR to enrolling in HIST 276.
requirement 2 Complete 5 courses
Note: Hist 220 and 221 must be completed as college/university courses and cannot be fulfilled with AP or other test scores.
requirement 4 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 6 Complete 1 course
Note: Students planning to teach in the state of Utah should take Geog 245.
requirement 7 Complete 1 course
requirement 8 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 10 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 11 Complete 2 options
option 11.1 Complete 1 course
option 11.2 Complete 1 course
PSYCH 361 - (Not currently offered)
PSYCH 365 - (Not currently offered)
requirement 12 Complete 2 options
option 12.1 Complete 1 course
option 12.2 Complete 1 course
requirement 13 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure Requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the exit interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
option 13.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Apply for student teaching/internship one semester in advance by September 15th or January 15th. Applications are online at https://educator.byu.edu/.
Note: It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the Praxis test has been taken and that BYU has received the test scores, that their fingerprint background clearance is current, and that state licensing fees have been paid prior to graduation. Students are strongly discouraged from working another job during the time of their student teaching/internship. In addition, students must pass the PPAT assessment to graduate and receive a teaching license. Students will also be responsible for any additional requirements imposed by the state prior to their graduation. To confirm the status of these requirements contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426. Graduation and Utah licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.
Program Outcomes: 

Subject Matter

Candidates can identify the core concepts and standards associated with the social science curricula taught in secondary classrooms (subject areas: history, political science, geography, psychology) and can create learning experiences that make these concepts meaningful for students.

Learner and Learning

Candidates can articulate how young people learn and develop, acknowledging individual and cultural differences, in order to create environments that motivate collaborative learning.

Instructional Strategies

Candidates use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students? development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills, and use assessments to inform instruction.

Professional Development

Candidates continually reflect on and evaluate their teaching practices, actively seek opportunities to grow professionally, engage in ethical behavior, and collaborate with stakeholders (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community).

Utah Effective Teaching Standards

Demonstrate basic competency in the Utah Effective Teaching Standards as established by Utah Teacher Education Assessment and Accreditation Council and the Utah State Board of Education