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B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

Graduate as a certified teacher by completing this state-approved teacher preparation program. You'll be ready to share your knowledge with young minds about history, political science, sociology, and other foundational fields.

What you'll study
History. Education. Society. These are pillars of civilization that are not easily learned and teaching  requires skill and tenacity. Gain practical knowledge in teaching methods, psychology, and other perspectives on research-based best practices.

How you'll learn more
Experienced professors want you to succeed and they will build your skills incrementally until you reach the internship experience. You'll teach full-time for 12 weeks under the guidance and supervision of an experienced veteran teacher and gain perspective that only a classroom teacher can acquire.

Where it can take you
With your new teaching credential, based on the Florida Sunshine State Social Studies Standards, you can teach a variety of courses for grades 6 to 12 in the state of Florida. History, geography, and economics courses need dedicated teachers to bring them to life. You'll be armed with research-based best practices and the experience to be an inspiration to young minds. 

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Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program. For specific course requirements, refer to the General Education Program section in the Academic Resources and Procedures segment of the catalog.


Course Number Description Credits
EDUC 2500 Education Pre-enrollment Seminar
This seminar provides an orientation to technology and program skills necessary for successful participation in the undergraduate programs. Students will be introduced to university systems designed to provide support and services to the undergraduate student during the formal program of study. An overview of all facets of the undergraduate programs will be provided, including how to locate course schedules online, how to contact academic advising, and how to access resources. Students will learn interactive technology skills, such as using e-mail and sending attachments, navigating the Internet, accessing the electronic library, using APA format, locating and using the undergraduate website and using Blackboard for online classes.
Prerequisite(s): None
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite(s): None
MATH 1060 Concepts in Probability and Statistics 3


Teacher candidates in the state-approved teacher education program in the middle grades social studies education major (grades 5-9) must also keep track of program benchmarks within the courses. There are five benchmarks, coinciding with five blocks in the state-approved programs. At these five benchmarks, teacher candidates provide documentation showing completion of program requirements. A supervised field experience occurs in SECE 3530.

Course Number Description Credits
EDUC 3330 Integrating Instructional Technology in the Classroom
Presents strategies for technological integration into the classroom curriculum in elementary/secondary learning environments. Hands-on experiences will allow students to apply teaching practices and research to specific learning needs of typical and atypical learners. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 5 hours in school & (5) virtual observation hours are required.
ESOL 3340 Survey of TESOL for Teachers
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite(s): ESOL 2903
EDUC 3350 Survey of Exceptional Student Education
Foundations in exceptional student education in which historical perspectives, student characteristics, prevalence, incidence, etiology and medical aspects of exceptional learners are discussed. Techniques of prevention and intervention, from infancy through adulthood, are explored through classification processes, the continuum of services and the utilization of community services. Current trends and issues will be investigated. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a field setting is required.
Prerequisite(s): COMP 1500, COMP 2000 or COMP 2020, MATH 1040, MATH 1050, and GKEP
EDUC 3360 Educational Psychology
This course combines the two fields of psychology and education. It is the scientific study of human beings and the principles by which learning can be increased and directed by education. Students will learn about principles of development, learning, assessment, and motivation, among other areas of study for prospective teachers to consider as they analyze student behavior and make decisions for instruction.
Prerequisite(s): None
EDUC 3525

Principles of Instruction
This course focuses on building teacher candidates? repertoire of instructional practices and lesson planning skills. Candidates learn about six pedagogical models: presentation, concept teaching, direct instruction, cooperative learning, problem-based instruction, and discussion. Candidates apply their knowledge of the instructional practices as they learn how to plan a lesson that promotes students? achievement. This course is ESOL infused.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 3360

SECE 3530 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Science
This course is a study of content, methodology, program development, appropriate activities, and assessment techniques for middle and secondary school social studies. In addition, students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. Students will also become familiar with the Florida Accomplished Practices as appropriate. Students are required to teach a social studies lesson in a classroom during the 10 hour field experience required for this class. This is an ESOL infused course.
Prerequisites: EDUC 3330, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, and EDUC 3525
SECE 4320 Middle and Secondary Schools Classroom Management
This course examines the knowledge base and repertoire for effective classroom management for the middle and secondary school classroom. Course work is tied to state standards (e.g., Florida Preprofessional Educator Accomplished Practices, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium). Teacher candidates are required to apply their classroom management knowledge base and repertoire in an actual middle or secondary school classroom; therefore, ten hours of field experiences are required. This course is ESOL infused.
Prerequisite(s): none
EDUC 4200 Simulation Experience-Diversity
The Simulation Experience is a three credit, eight week course that all students must complete prior to internship. Students (in teams) are "placed" in simulated school settings and required to recommend interventions relating to issues that arise relating to diversity. The Simulation Experience takes place over three phases; these phases take place in a kindergarten, middle school, or high school setting. The Simulation Experience is directly related to the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) within the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University.
Prerequisite(s): EECP 3550 or ELEM 4320, or ESED 4320, or SECE 4320
SECE 4560 Methods of Teaching Secondary Reading
This course addresses the significance of reading ability and study skills throughout the secondary school curriculum. The emphasis is on identifying sources of difficulties experienced by secondary school students in reading and learning from instructional materials. General strategies for learning from textbooks are examined as well as study skills and specific strategies for dealing with text materials from particular content areas. Students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. In addition to class meetings, at least 10 hours of field experiences are required.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 2500, EDUC 3330, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, and EDUC 3525
ESOL 4565 Second Language Learning
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite(s): ESOL 2903, and ESOL 3340
SECE 4565 Teaching Controversial Topics in Social Studies
This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to teach about controversial topics by examining history/social science curriculum and appropriate instructional methods. Students explore ways to teach about the dangers of indifference and the values of participation in a democracy by confronting the complexities of history. Specifically, students will develop their knowledge of a critical discourse educational model including (1) understanding multiple perspectives, (2) contextualizing facts, and (3) connecting information to grades 6-12 students' lives for relevancy.
Prerequisites: SECE 3530, and SECE 4320

Social Studies Specialty Courses

Course Number Description Credits
HIST 1090 Early Western History 3
ECN 2020 Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 2050 Survey of Geography
HIST 2140 Modern Latin America
HIST 3010 Constitutional History I
SOCL 3130 Family Systems
HIST 3300 Contemporary U.S. History
HIST 3430 Renaissance and Reformation Age
HIST 3450 History of American Immigration
SESS 4570 Secondary Social Studies Internship and Seminar
This course for Secondary Social Studies Education majors offers a comprehensive review and practical application of educational philosophy, methods including NCSS 10 standards, and strategies through a 12-week clinical experience (internship) consisting of 450 hours in a social studies classroom setting that includes coursework and seminars. The central coursework is composed of a 12-week clinical experience, with the concurrent seminar serving as a supportive and reinforcing component. During the seminar sessions, the teacher candidate will explore, in depth, such topics as school board rules, regulations and policies; professional ethics; best practices; national and state standards; teaching strategies; current trends in education; teaching competencies; social studies student assessment; and reflective practices. This course requires candidates to demonstrate professional, pedagogical, and content standards, including ESOL competencies and skills.
Prerequisite/s: General Education Requirements (30 credits), Open Electives (6 credits), EDUC 2500, ESOL 2903, EDUC 3330, ESOL 3340, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, SECE 3530, SECE 4320, EDUC 4200, SECE 4560, ESOL 4565, SECE 4565, HIST 1090, ECN 2020, GEOG 2050, HIST 2140, HIST 3010, SOCL 3130, HIST 3300, HIST 3430, HIST 3450


See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study

Coursework for a bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, a state-approved teacher certification program in Florida, is available for traditional students and working professionals at NSU's Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, most of the courses in this South Florida degree program are available online, which allows students who prefer distance education to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet and allows busy professionals to complete the majority of their degree without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The field experiences provide social studies teacher candidates with an opportunity to perform the duties of a classroom teacher within the classroom setting. The purpose of these experiences is to allow teacher candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and subject area competencies. A minimum of 10 field hours total are required per education course and are to be completed throughout the program.

The clinical practice (internship) is the culminating experience for those teacher candidates earning a bachelor’s degree in an education field. The teacher candidate is assigned full time to a school for 12 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the teacher candidate to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. During this period, the teacher candidate will observe, teach, and evaluate students in conjunction with the regular classroom teacher.

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education, a Florida state-approved teacher certification program, meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education's social studies (grades 6–12) initial certification.

Florida participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel with 38 other states for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the State of Florida must contact the state’s Department of Education for information on achieving certification through reciprocity.

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