Social Science B.A. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Matthew T. Downey, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Location: McKee Hall 227

Telephone: 970.351.2929


Advising Information:

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

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; 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 emphasis provides students with the academic subject content background necessary for teaching social studies at the secondary (grades 7-12) level in Colorado. Upon successful completion of this program and the requirements of the Professional Teacher Education Program, students will qualify to be licensed to teach social studies at the secondary level.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • A minimum of 21 semester credits of the 24 credits required for the Additional Major Credits must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Students must take additional major courses to have sufficient credits for graduation.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required LAC — 12 credits

LAC area 4 — History

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877


LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics


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

SOC 100Principles of Sociology


LAC area 8 — Multicultural Studies

Choose 1 of the following courses:

AFS 100Introduction to Africana Studies


MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American Studies


WS 101Women in Contemporary Society


Remaining LAC — 28 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 42 credits

Take all of the following courses — 21 credits

ANT 100Introduction to Anthropology


ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics


GEOG 100World Geography


HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present


PSCI 100United States National Government


SOSC 150Social Sciences: A Global Perspective


SOSC 400Senior Seminar


ANT 100: LAC area 5.c.

Additional Major Credits — 21 credits

Economics 3 semester credits


Geography 6 semester credits


History 6 semester credits


Political Science 6 semester credits


3. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 110 required semester before; see

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II


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


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy


SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies


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.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better (C- is not acceptable) in all history and social sciences courses.

To be recommended for admission to PTEP students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in the major (at least 9 hours at UNC) encompassing three different social studies major disciplines with a B- (2.67) grade point average or higher in those courses taken at UNC and counting toward the major. Social science majors must successfully complete at least 30 hours in the major with a B- (2.67) 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 (C- is not acceptable).