Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

Social studies majors build a broad base of knowledge and skills for teaching 5th-12th grade students. You'll be schooled in economics, geography, history,  political science, psychology and sociology and choose one of those as  an emphasis. You'll be encouraged to pair that with a global learning  experience. You'll work across departments to marry modern teaching  tools to tried-and-true teaching methods that serve students of varying  levels of ability. You'll also learn how to build a curriculum and  experiences for students that keep social studies learning interesting  and engaging by observing experienced teachers at work and practicing  your techniques in schools.

Program Highlights


  • Coursework and fieldwork develops a strong background in civics education.
  • Travel and study abroad opportunities through a variety of travel opportunities, including the option to do student teaching abroad.
  • An engaged, active Social Studies Club that attends conferences, travels both internationally and domestically and hosts nationally recognized guest speakers.
  • Well-traveled faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences to bring to the classroom.
  • Interdisciplinary approach prepares students for graduate studies in the social sciences, international fields and law.

Program Distinctions

  • Innovative co-teaching initiative designated as a 2010 Renaissance Group  "Signature Project," and "Promising Practice" by the National Council  for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Accreditation by  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
  • Licensure programs approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching. 
  • Director of Social Studies Education Kyle Ward is the author of five books on social studies education.

Student Organizations

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • Teachers from 23 states completed St. Cloud State's co-teaching workshops
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 31% increase in Honors Program enrollment in fall 2013
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Social Studies Teacher
  • History/Geography Teacher
  • Economics Teacher
  • Sociology Teacher
  • High School/Middle School Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Historic Preservation

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