Social Studies Education

Social Studies Education

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Social Studies Education majors build a broad base of knowledge and skills across the social sciences and in pedagogy to teach 5th-12th grade students. You'll engage with faculty to learn economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology through an interdisciplinary program that also offers the opportunity for global learning experiences. Future educators in the Social Studies Education program are prepared to serve middle and high school students with varying academic, social, and emotional needs while learning to create a curriculum with engaging experiences that will interest their own students. Field experiences occur three times throughout the program, including a full 16-week student teaching opportunity the semester before graduation. 

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Program Highlights

  • Coursework and fieldwork develops a strong background in interdisciplinary social science education.
  • Travel and study abroad opportunities through a variety of travel opportunities, including the option to  student teach 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.
  • Licensure programs approved by Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). 
  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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
  • 2021 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • Among Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" 

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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