Guide high school and middle school students to become informed and active citizens.
Social studies teachers prepare middle and high school students to become knowledgeable
and engaged participants in our civic life. At UND, you’ll learn the foundations of
how to teach political science, geography, history, and economics. Your social studies
degree will allow you to educate students about the influences shaping their world.
The University of North Dakota offers the most comprehensive teacher education program
in the state of North Dakota. Our graduates make an impact all across the nation.
With this degree, you'll combine courses in teaching and learning with classes in:
You'll be well-rounded and conversant in the history of Western civilization, the
principles of economics and the workings of American politics.
The Bachelor of Science in Education with Composite Major in Social Studies is designed
to give you real-world experience in middle and secondary school classrooms. Your
courses will prepare you to teach and advocate for a diversity of learners. The program
culminates in a student teaching assignment where you'll have the responsibility for
instruction and assessment.
On graduation, you'll work with faculty to obtain the appropriate teaching license
Gain a global perspective on education by studying abroad. Students recently have
completed student teaching in Australia and Ireland.
Join the largest pre-professional association for students entering teaching. Student
North Dakota United (SNDU) is affiliated with the National Education Association,
the largest professional teacher organization in the U.S.
The Teacher Education Program connects you with local volunteer opportunities at area
schools, adding to your teaching experience, building your resume, and creating professional
As a student in Teacher Education, you will be eligible for scholarships through the
College of Education & Human Development.
Let our team of academic advisors help you plan your major. You'll also have access
to personalized Degree Map software to keep you on track to graduate in four years.
What can you do with a social studies education degree?
Expected job openings for high school teachers through 2032
Job prospects look favorable for graduates of the B.S.Ed. Composite Social Studies
Education Program who receive their teaching license (grades 5-12 in North Dakota).
Social studies was declared a critical shortage area by the North Dakota Department
of Public Instruction Education Standards and Practices Board.
Career opportunities in social studies are abundant in the region and in most places
of the United States. Rural school districts and large cities, sorely need quality
social studies teachers. You are likely to have many choices selecting an employer
that fits your geographic preference.
Social Studies Education Degree Courses
T&L 400. Methods and Materials. 3 Credits.
Various teaching methods and strategies and the materials used in teaching in a subject area. (Some Methods and Materials courses carry an academic department prefix and number. The number of methods courses required by a department may vary. Consult with an adviser.) Some offered F only; some F,S. See adviser. Prerequisite: T&L 250 and T&L 345, and admission to the Teacher Education program. Corequisite: T&L 486. Repeatable to 18.00 credits. F,S.
T&L 345. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. 3 Credits.
A general curriculum development and instruction course designed for the undergraduate pre-service middle school and/or secondary teacher across all disciplines. It introduces and provides practice in planning, multiple instructional strategies, and methods of formal and informal assessment. It considers the impact of historical foundations, teaching philosophy, discipline standards, knowledge of diverse learners and special needs, and technology on curriculum development. Prerequisite: T&L 250. F,S.
T&L 350. Development and Education of the Adolescent. 3 Credits.
A comprehensive examination of the characteristics and behavior of the adolescent student with implications for curriculum and instruction in the junior/middle and high schools. Topics covered will be transition from childhood to adolescence, including cognitive development, self-concept, physiological changes, social needs and values, and values and attitudes of adolescents. This course will provide an understanding of the wide range of differences in developmental patterns of children and the influences of economic, sociological and psychological factors in development. An additional 10 hour field experience is required for the course. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program and T&L 250. F.
T&L 433. Multicultural Education. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to implement a multicultural approach to teaching and learning by examining how race, ethnicity, and culture influence students' experiences in schools. This course's content provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and concepts they need to enhance their understanding of socio-cultural consciousness through culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy. Teacher candidates will understand how to develop appropriate, informed, and sensitive responses to the rich diversity (gender, sexuality, exceptionality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, race, language, and culture) of student learners in the classroom as a pathway to be inclusive. This course explores immigration and refugees' issues and examines cultural assumptions, implicit biases, attitudes, and values that shape our perceptions and predicate our actions. This exploration prepares teacher candidates to create spaces in their learning environments where all learners are supported through acknowledgment of multiple identities, funds of knowledge, and experiences to surface and interrupt oppression. This multicultural course highlights the effects of settler colonialism on Native Peoples. This course will help students to learn about the American Indian Reservations in North Dakota: The history, language, school settings, population, tribal governments, sovereignty laws, and early education for North Dakota's Native Peoples. Note: course requires you to complete 10 hours of field experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. F,S,SS.
SOC 306. Social Change and Social Movements. 3 Credits.
The focus of this course is on social change in American society in the context of current environmental and social problems. Topics include definitions of social change, patterns and causes of social change, theoretical explanations for social change, contemporary social movements and the theoretical explanation for their origins and planned social change strategies. S.
POLS 318. American Political Thought. 3 Credits.
A historical analysis of the major thinkers and of the streams of thought which molded the political life and institutions of the United States from the Puritans to the present. S.
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