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Social Studies Education (6-12) Program

The Secondary Social Science Education program is designed to prepare teachers of social studies, history, economics, government, sociology, and/or psychology in grades 6 - 12. It is designed to build upon a two-year program completed in liberal arts containing beginning-level coursework in the social sciences and history.

It includes:

  1. The completion of a set of program prerequisites;
  2. A professional core of courses that provide the social, philosophical, historical and philosophical foundations of social science education;
  3. A sequence of generic courses in preparation for teaching; and
  4. Additional content courses.

The culminating experience in the program is participation in a series of apprentice-like teaching experiences: two pre-internships and a semester-long internship, which allow for a synthesis of the program's coursework and the emergence of a highly trained secondary social science teacher who can effectively disseminate knowledge and skills in stimulating ways and encourage competent and responsible citizen participation. The goals, objectives, and experiences incorporated into the program reflect the current state of professional knowledge in the field at the state and national level.

Admission to the Program

Those entering the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) must meet University admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria. Students who have not satisfactorily completed 60 semester hours of college credit but meet University admissions standards are admitted as Lower Division students (freshmen or sophomores). Students who have completed 60 semester hours or more of college credit and meet COEHS admissions criteria are admitted directly into the COEHS as Upper Division students (juniors or seniors). Listed below are the criteria for admission into the College of Education and Human Services at the upper division:

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of credit from UNF or other regionally accredited institution(s). An Associate in Arts Degree (AA) from one of Florida's public community/state colleges or SUS schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 or better in all college level course work.
  • Passing scores (no exemptions) on all four parts of the Florida General Knowledge (GK) Test. Transferring students, students changing majors, or students who have not presented passing scores on all four parts of the GK exam will not be permitted to enroll in any upper level education courses until they have been admitted into COEHS Teacher Preparation Programs.

Social Studies Education: Social Studies (6-12) (Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Program Description for Social Studies Education

Major: Social Studies Education Concentration: Social Studies (6-12) Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education

Prerequisites (15 credits)

Grade of C or higher required in all prerequisite courses.

EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: EDFX005

POS2041 Intro to American Government (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: POSX041

AMH2010 United States History to 1877 (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: AMHX010

AMH2020 U.S. History Since 1877 (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: AMHX020

ADDITIONAL Social Studies course

Select 1 course from the following disciplines

  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • Cultural Geography (GEO)
  • ***(Acceptable Substitute for GEO is GEA XXXX )
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • NOTE: In addition to the prerequisites listed above, UNF strongly encourages prospective Social Studies majors to complete the following courses, if possible, while completing their General Education and lower division course work. ECO 2013, WOH 1012, WOH 1022, select 1 from: ANT 2000, SYG 2000, PSY 2012

Core Requirements (16 credits)


EDF3151 Educational Psychology (3 Credits)

EDF3945 Field Laboratory I (2-4 Credits)

EDF3946 Field Laboratory II (2-4 Credits)

EDG3323 The Learning Process (3 Credits)

EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior (3 Credits)

EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (20 credits)

AMH3420 Florida History (3 Credits)

GEO3372 Conservation of Nat Resources (3 Credits)

HIS3051 (GW)Craft Of The Historian (3 Credits)

INR3016 Global Issues in Contemp Poli (3 Credits)

RED3333 Content Area Reading (3 Credits)

SSE4384 Special Method: Social Studies (3 Credits)

TSL4324 TESOL for Content Area Teacher (3 Credits)

Internships (12 credits)

All degree course work must be completed satisfactorily before enrolling into Internship. Fall internship applications are due the 4th Friday of the previous spring term. Spring internship applications are due the 4th Friday of the previsou fall term.

ESE4943 Student Internship (1-12 Credits)

Major Electives (11 credits)

CHOOSE From prefixes below




SELECT 1 ASH 3000-4000 Level course

SELECT_ 1 LAH 3000-4000 Level course

48 Upper Level Hours (48 credits)

To graduate with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Education and Human Services, you must earn a minimum of 48 upper level credits out of a minimum 120 degree applicable required credit hours.

48HOURS 48 upper level hours

Social Studies Education (6-12) Block Schedule

This block schedule is not to be used in lieu of your Program of Study (below) but to assist in appropriate sequencing of course work and for planning each term. This schedule is intended to be a suggested sequence for the program; however, completion of the program is subject to course availability. This tentative schedule is subject to change. The schedule assumes that:

  • You begin courses in the Fall Term (August - December)
  • You have satisfied all program prerequisites, foreign language, and General Education requirements
  • You have passing scores on all four parts of the General Knowledge (GK) exam.
  • You are a full-time student, can take day and evening classes, and will have continuous enrollment.

Junior Year

Fall Term (14 hours)
Number Name
EDF 3151 Nature of the Learner
EDG 3323 The Learning Process
EDF 3945 Field Laboratory I
GEO 3372 Conservation of Natural Resources
INR 3016 Global Issues in Contemporary Politics


Spring Term (15 hours)
Number Name
EDG 4327 Assessment of Learning Behavior
RED 3333 Reading Methods for Secondary Teachers
ASH 3XXX Any ASH 3000 level elective
HIS 3051 Craft of the Historian
ECO 3622 American Economic History


Summer Term (9 hours)
Number Name
EDG 4410 Classroom Management and Communication
AMH 3420 Florida History*
- Social Studies Elective 3000-4000

* NOTE: If AMH 2000 was not taken to meet prerequisites, you must take an AMH 3000 level course other than AMH 3420.

Senior Year

Fall Term (15 hours)
Number Name
SSE 4384 Special Methods: Social Studies
EDF 3946 Field Laboratory II
LAH 3300 Latin America or any LAH 3000 elective
HIS 3XXX Any HIS 3000 level elective
TSL 4324 TESOL: Content Area for Teachers


Spring Term (12 hour)
Number Name
ESE 4943 Student Internship


  1. Field Labs I and II require at least 5 daytime hours per week at an assigned school site.
  2. A transfer student with 60 semester hours but without an AA degree from a Florida public institution should complete any missing General Education requirements as noted on the Transfer Evaluation. Course work to satisfy missing General Education may be found in the university catalog.