Social Studies Teacher's Certificate Program (BA)

Program advisor:  Dr. A. Whitlock (EDU)

The Social Studies 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.

Completition of the Social Studies TCP major is required. A minor that complements the declared major and/or develops a greater knowledge base or skill level is highly recommended. Note: Students who which to add an endorsement in an area beyond the major must complete an approved TCP program in that area.

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, minimum GPA of B- (2.7) or higher in the major, minor (if appropriate), the professional coursework and overall, are required. Further throughout the program teacher education candidates will be assessed on dispositions a minimum of four times and complete a dispositions interview. Those who do not meet dispositional expectionns may be required to fulfill a professional development plan and/or may be removed from the program.

Discipline-Specific Requirements


A. Introduction to Social Sciences (3 credits)


  • SST 201 - Introduction to the Social Studies (3)

B. Core Disciplinary Sequence (55 credits)


Economics (9 credits)


  • ECN 201 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) (3)
  • ECN 202 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics) (3)
  • ECN 380 - Economics for Education (3).

Environmental Science (4 credits)


  • ESS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science (4)

Geography (9 credits)


  • URP 115 - World Regional Geography (3)
  • URP 116 - Human Geography (3)
  • URP 216 - Geography for Educators (3)

History (21 credits)


  • HIS 112 - World History to 1400 (3)
  • HIS 113 - World History: 1400 to 1900 (3)
  • HIS 114 - Twentieth Century World History (3)
  • HIS 120 - United States to 1865 (3)
  • HIS 121 - United States since 1865 (3)
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  • HIS 299 - Introduction to History (3)
  • HIS 329 - Michigan History (3)

Political Science (9 credits)


  • POL 120 - U.S. National Government and Politics (3)
  • POL 190 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POL 310 - US Political Institutions (3).

Technology (3 credits)


  • EGR 203 - Technology and Society (3)
  • or

  • SOC 203 - Technology and Society (3)

C. Social Studies State Certification Test Preparation (1 credit)


  • SST 401 - Preparing for the State Certification Exam (1).

D. Additional Requirements


  • All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  Bachelor of Arts degree, including BA distribution requirements and General Education requirements .
  • 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


A. Course Requirements


Phase I - Foundational (15 credits)


  • One from:

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3).
  • EHS 120 - Ecology of Teaching and Social Work (3).
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  • PSY 100 - Principles of Psychology (3)
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  • One from:

  • HIS 120 - United States to 1865 (3)
  • HIS 121 - United States since 1865 (3)
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  • SEC 200 - Community, Family, Self (3).
  • SEC 201 - Teachers, Schools, Society (3).

Phase II - Pre-Professional (12 credits)


  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)
  • SEC 320 - Teacher and Learner (3).
  • SEC 445 - Improvement of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (3).
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  • A course with UM-Flint US Diversity designation (for a BA degree, in addition to the existing distrubution requirement).

Phase III - Professional (18 credits)


  • SEC 330 - Seminar in Methods (3).
  • SEC 343 - Teaching Social Science in Middle and Secondary Schools (3).
  • SEC 469 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School (3-10) , elected for 9 credits
  • SEC 499 - Secondary Student Teaching Seminar (3).

B. 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 SAT or ACT, with scores on file with the University’s Certification Officer.
  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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