Mexican American Studies B.A. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Joy Landeira, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811

Website: www.unco.edu/hispstds

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

This program fulfills an important role in training teachers at the undergraduate level to be social studies teachers. With increasing student diversity in our schools, both in Colorado and the nation, districts are desperate to hire teachers who are well grounded in curriculum and approaches that meet the needs of culturally diverse learners and their families. The secondary education emphasis in Mexican American Studies effectively prepares preservice teachers to teach social studies to culturally diverse students at the middle and secondary levels. Students approach learning and curriculum from an interdisciplinary focus, one which includes contributions and perspectives of people of Mexican American origin. In addition to taking coursework in Mexican American Studies, History, Economics, Geography and Political Science, students will participate in the UNC partner school program through student teaching and field experience.

Program Admission Requirements:

To be recommended for admission to PTEP students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits in the major (at least 9 credits at UNC) with a 2.75 grade point average or higher in those courses taken at UNC and counting toward the major. Mexican American Studies majors must successfully complete at least 27 credits in the major with a 2.75 grade point average or above in courses taken at UNC prior to applying for student teaching and complete SOSC 341 with a grade of "C" or better (GPA 2.0 or above).

Program Requirements:

  • All majors must obtain a grade of “C” or better (GPA 2.0 or above) in all MAS courses taken at UNC. Majors receiving a grade of "D" or lower in any course for the major must retake the course — or an equivalent approved by the academic advisor — and receive a grade of "C" or better (GPA 2.0 or above) to have the course counted toward the major.
  • All MAS courses numbered 300 or higher include a research and writing component. Only 6 credits of MAS or HISP prefixes may be counted toward LAC. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire secondary language proficiency.

Degree Requirements — 124 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits

LAC area 4 — History

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics

3

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

LAC area 5.b. — Geography

GEOG 100World Geography

3

LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

SOC 100Principles of Sociology

3

Remaining LAC — 22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 46 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies

3

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

MAS 280Topics in Chicana/Chicano Art and Culture

3

MAS 301Mexican American Politics and Leadership

3

MAS 395Topics in Gender Issues

3

MAS 450Research Internship in Mexican American Studies

4

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 362Economic History of the United States

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present

3

PSY 467Psychology of Prejudice

3

SOC 237Sociology of Minorities

3

MAS 100: (LAC 5.a.; LAC 8)

ECON 203: (LAC 5.a.)

HIST 101: (LAC 4)

SOC 237: (LAC 5.c.)

Choose one of the following courses:

MAS 225Latina/Latino History

3

HIST 225Latina/Latino History

3

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 338Advanced Overview of American History

3

HIST 396World History

3

Choose one of the following courses:

MAS 337Chicana/o Literature and Theory

3

MAS 346Chicana/o Theory

3

ENG 236Ethnic American Literature

3

ENG 337Chicana/o Literature and Theory

3

ENG 346Chicana/o Theory

3

HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education

3

HIST 118History of Mexico

3

ENG 236: (LAC 3.b.)

HIST 118: (LAC 4)

Choose one of the following courses:

MCS 101Multiculturalism in the United States: Concepts and Issues

3

HISP 102Hispanic Cultures in the United States

3

MCS 101: (LAC 4; LAC 8)

HISP 102:(LAC 5.c.)

3. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see www.unco.edu/teach/check.html

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I

2

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II

2

EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary

2

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas

3

ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy

3

SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

EDRD 340: may be taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching

1 - 14

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.