Psychology Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SASE 401 Methods of Teaching Social Studies is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Religion

A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- or above in all Psychology courses. Psychology course in which grades of less than C- are earned must be repeated and brought up to a minimum grade of C- or they will not count toward the major.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature - Fulfilled by PSYC 301 in the major.0
3. Communication 0
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by PSYC 220 in the major.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History - Fulfilled by HIST 117 in the collateral requirements.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by HIST 114 in the collateral requirements.0
3. Social Science Perspectives – EDFD 200 in Teacher Education sequence0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by SASE 210 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
II. World Languages
A. World Languages3
III. Major Requirements
Complete the following with minimum grades of C-
A. Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 203Introduction to Psychological Research3
PSYC 220Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 301Experimental Psychology4
B. Electives
1. Biological Basis of Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Physiological Psychology
Comparative Animal Behavior
2. Cognition
Select one of the following:3
Human Learning and Memory
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
3. Personality
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
4. Social/Applied
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
5. Advanced Electives
Select 12 credits from the list below:12
IV. Collateral Courses
ECON 100Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics
or ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics
HIST 103Foundations of Western Civilization3
HIST 114Early Latin America3
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
HIST 141Introduction to World History Since 15003
EAES 170World Geography3
V. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.36
VI. Free Elective
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.1
Total Credits120
Advanced Electives
Select 6-12 credits from the following:6-12
Advanced Community Psychology: Externship
Methods in Evaluation Research
The Teaching of Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy
Forensic Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
Health Psychology: Applications to the Community
Evolutionary Psychology
Systems of Psychotherapy
Seminar in Cognitive Science
Psychology Honors II
If not already used, the following may be taken
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Psychology Of Work: Personnel Psychology
Psychology 0f Work: Organizational Psychology
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Human Learning and Memory
Comparative Animal Behavior
Clinical Psychology
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
Abnormal Psychology
School Psychology
200 Level and Other Major Electives
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
Introduction to Community Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Children's Rights and Child Advocacy
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aggression
Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth
Hispanic/Latino Psychology
Psychology of the Black Experience
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Women
Psychological Aspects of Aging
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
Packaged Computer Programs for Psychology
Special Topics in Psychology
Independent Study I: Research
Independent Study II: Research
Psychology Honors I

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
or FSHD 216 Adolescent Development
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
SASE 320Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 321Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Methods Course(s)
Select a Teaching Methods course or courses according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 (Visual Arts major.)
Dance Methods (Dance major.)
Teaching English (secondary) (English major.)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice (French major.)
The Teaching of Health
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education (Physical Education major.)
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Italian major.)
Methods of Teaching Latin (Latin major.)
Methods and Material of TESL (Linguistics major.)
Teaching of Mathematics (Mathematics major.)
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II (Music major.)
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, or Physics majors.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12
Theatre Teaching Methods
Professional Year Courses
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 452Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits36-40