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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Studies Education

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Social Studies Education is guided by the definition of social studies adopted by the National Council for Social Studies:

“Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”

Undergraduate Degrees

Social Studies — Elementary, BAE   

Teaching Endorsement Secondary Education  

Students interested in a teaching endorsement in social studies must complete the following:

❑  An approved academic Bachelor of Arts degree program in:

  • Anthropology/Social Studies
       Advisor: Dr. James P. Loucky
  • Economics/Social Studies
       Advisor: Pamela Whalley\
  • Geography/Social Studies
       Advisors: Dr. Thomas Terich, Dr. Patrick Buckley
  • History/Social Studies
       Advisors: Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dr. Chris Friday, Dr. Cecilia Danysk,
       Dr. Roger Thompson, Dr. Steven Garfinkle, Dr. Kevin Leonard,
       Dr. George Mariz, Dr. Louis W. Truschel
  • Political Science/Social Studies
       Advisor: Dr. Kristen Parris
  • Sociology/Social Studies
       Advisor: Linda Clark 

❑  Maintain a 2.75 GPA for all social science and history courses
❑  Certification requirements of the Secondary Education Department

To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the “teacher certification” program, including the content methods course, SEC 426 which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as: 1) part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree, or 2) as a post-baccalaureate program, or 3) as part of the Master in Teaching degree. See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

The state of Washington requires a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for courses used to meet endorsement requirements.

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