Social Studies Teacher's Certificate Program (BA)

Program advisor:  V. Morckel

The Teacher’s Certificate Program (TCP) is designed to meet the needs of future teachers of secondary social studies.  This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.  The Social Studies TCP major is a comprehensive group major.  No minor is required.

Professional requirements are to be completed in three phases, in sequence, during which the student creates an Individual Major Portfolio. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course. 

In addition, for progression from phase to phase and completion of the program, a minimum GPA of B (3.0) or higher in the content coursework and minimum GPAs of B- (2.7) or higher in the professional coursework and overall, are required.

Discipline-Specific Requirements.

  1. Introduction to social sciences. SST 201  (3 cr.).
  2. Core disciplinary sequence (48 cr.).
    1. ECN 201 , ECN 202  , ECN 380  (9 cr.).
    2. GEO 115 , GEO 116 , GEO 216  (9 cr.)
    3. HIS 112 , HIS 113 , HIS 114 , HIS 220 , HIS 221  with grades of B (3.0) or better; HIS 329  (18 cr.).
    4. POL 120 , POL 190 , POL 310  (9 cr.).
    5. SOC 203 /EGR 203  (3 cr.).
  3. Social studies capstone.  SST 301  (3 cr.).
  4. All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  Bachelor of Arts degree, including BA distribution requirements and General Education requirements .
  5. All requirements of Secondary and K-12 Teacher's Certificate Programs .

Note: This program is a Comprehensive Group Major; no teacher’s certificate minor is required. 

Professional Requirements.

  1. Course requirements.
    Phase I - Foundational.  ENG 112  or EHS 120 ; PSY 100 ; HIS 220  or HIS 221 ; SEC 200 , SEC 201  (15 cr.).
    Phase II - Pre-professional.  PSY 313 , SEC 320 , SEC 445 ; a course in the history or culture of an American ethnic group from:  AFA 270 /SOC 270 , AFA 331 , AFA 334 /HIS 334 , EDE 305 , ENG 213 , ENG 374 , EDE 432 /PUB 438  (12 cr.).
    Phase III - Professional.  SEC 330 , SEC 343 , SEC 469 , SEC 499  (18 cr.).
  2. Transition requirements.
    Acceptance to Phase II.
    1. Completion of at least 55 credits (junior standing), including at least 30 credits in the major.
    2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
    3. Successful completion of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (PRE).
    4. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase II, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Acceptance to Phase III.

  1. Completion of at least 85 credits (senior standing), including at least 90% of the major requirements.
  2. Interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the Dispositions Inventory and pieces for the Individual Major Portfolio.
  3. Completion and acceptance of an application to Phase III, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Recommendation for teacher certification.

  1. Completion of at least 120 credits, including all major requirements.
  2. Exit interview with the TCP advisor, to include discussion of the completed Individual Major Portfolio and results of the Student Teaching Evaluation.
  3. Completion of the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) subject area test in the major, with a passing score on the major area test.
  4. Completion of an advanced and valid course in first aid and adult and child CPR from an approved provider.
  5. Completion of all paperwork necessary for certification, including a felony/misdemeanor form.

Prospective candidates should also study the section entitled General Requirements for Teacher Certification .

Minimum Credits For the Degree. 124 credits

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