Adolescence Education: Social Studies Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Adolescence Education (leading to initial certification)

Responsibility for the B.A. in Social Studies Adolescence Education is shared by the College of Education and the Department of History. Students are encouraged to double major in History (or another field) in order to enhance their understanding of the discipline and their future employment opportunities. Requirements beyond those of the Fredonia Foundations general education curriculum include:

I. Professional Education Courses (41 credit hours)

EDU 105Introduction to Contemporary Inclusive Education

3

and

EDU 106Practicum in Inclusive Education I

1

EDU 224Adolescent Development

3

EDU 250Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

3

and

EDU 251Practicum in Inclusive Education II

1

EDU 276Literacy and Technology in Inclusive Educational Settings

3

EDU 303Safe Schools/Healthy Students-DASA: Safety Education/Fire and Arson/School Violence

1

EDU 304Safe Schools & Healthy Students

1

EDU 305Cultural & Linguistic Diversity of Students and Families

3

and

EDU 313Practicum in Inclusive Education III

1

EDU 349Educational Psychology

3

SSED 419Secondary (Adolescence) Social Studies Teaching Methods

3

SSED 420Student Teaching Colloquium

3

SSED 430Student Teaching for Social Studies/Adolescence Education - Grades 7-9 Placement

6

SSED 431Student Teaching for Social Studies/Adolescence Education â€" Grades 10-12 Placement

6

Total Credit Hours:41

NOTE:

II. Historical Knowledge (39 credit hours)

A. Historical Methods:

HIST 100Decoding History

3

HIST 201Doing History

3

Total Credit Hours:6

B. Global History:

HIST 243Pre-Modern Global History

3

Two (2) World Regional Civilizations courses

6

One (1) 300-level course (chosen in consultation with advisor)

3

Total Credit Hours:12
NOTE:
  • World Regional Civilization courses are numbered HIST 250-288.

C. European History:

HIST 232Survey of Pre-Modern European History

3

or

HIST 233Survey of Modern European History

3

and

One (1) 300-level course (chosen in consultation with advisor)

3

Total Credit Hours:6
NOTE:
  • HIST 222 or 223 should be taken after HIST 171. Your advisor will tell you whether you should take 222 or 223 based on the subject of your HIST 171.

D. US History:

HIST 171American Patterns

3

and

HIST 222Survey of Early U.S. History

3

or

HIST 223Survey of Modern U.S. History

3

and

One (1) 300-level course focused on pre-1877 US History

3

and

One (1) 300-level course focused on post-1877 US History

3

and

One (1) American Minorities course (see NOTE below for list of American Minorities courses)

3

Total Credit Hours:15
NOTE:
  • HIST 222 or HIST 223 should be taken after HIST 171. Your advisor will tell you whether or not you should take 222 or 223 based on the subject of your HIST 171.
  • American Minorities courses:

Total Credit Hours: 39

III. Social Science Foundations (18 credit hours)

POLI 120American Politics

3

PSY 129Foundations of Psychology

3

and

SOC 116Introductory Sociology

3

or

ANTH 115Introductory Anthropology

3

and

SSED 205Economics in Global History

3

or

ECON 210Principles of Macroeconomics

3

and

HIST 310World Environmental History

3

or

POLI 352World Political Geography

3

and

One (1) 300-level course in ANTH, POLI, PSY, or SOC

3

Total Credit Hours:18
NOTE:
  • Many 300-level courses have prerequisites. Be sure that you have met the requirements for the course you choose.

Total Credit Hours: 98

Foreign Language (0-6 credit hours)

Candidates in all education programs are required to demonstrate competence in a foreign language. Proficiency requirement met by the following:

  • Fredonia Placement Exam determination of Fredonia Foundations courses 100 and 110 in the same World Language or course 110 (or higher) in World Language.
  • Proficiency may also be fulfilled by qualifying AP, IB, CLEP Exam scores or transferred courses of Elem I and Elem II of same language, as verified by Registrar’s Office.

The General Education foreign language requirement differs from the certification requirement and must be satisfied for degree conferral.

Other Requirements

All majors must fulfill all testing and assessment requirements set by the Department of History. At present, these include gated assessment requirements. Grades must be C+ or better in all required courses in the Social Studies program. The Written Communication requirement under the General Education Program must be passed with a C or better. Students are encouraged to complete one course in statistics as part of the General Education Program. Enrolled students and transfer students wishing to declare the Social Studies Adolescence Education major must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Social Studies Adolescence Education majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in the program. The grade point requirements for entering the professional year are: overall GPA of 3.0, in Professional Education courses 3.0, and in the Social Studies content component 3.0. Acceptance into the senior professional year is also contingent upon a personal interview and review by the Social Studies screening committee composed of faculty in the Department of History. A copy of the criteria used by the screening committee may be obtained in the history department. Acceptance into student teaching also requires approval by the Dean of the College of Education.

SSED 419 can be taken only in the fall semester of the senior year. SSED 420, SSED 430, and SSED 431 require the entire spring semester as a full course load.

Requirements for Transfer Credit

Students transferring credits to Fredonia should normally expect no more than 27 credit hours earned elsewhere to apply to the Social Studies course requirements. (Special consideration can be given to students who have earned a B.A. degree in one of the social sciences.) As a rule, the department will not accept as equivalents to advanced social studies courses credits earned at two-year colleges. HIST 201 must be completed at Fredonia. All requirements for SSED 419, SSED 420, SSED 430, and SSED 431 must be completed under Fredonia supervision. To be applied to the requirements of the Social Studies Adolescence Education program, transferred courses must have been completed with a grade of C+ or better.

Additional Requirements for Certification

The New York State Education Department also requires fingerprinting and a background check for all applicants for initial certification. In addition, students seeking initial certification must pass appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. Students are strongly advised to pursue a second major in History or one of the other social science disciplines (economics, political science, psychology or sociology/anthropology) and may count appropriate courses taken for the Social Studies Adolescence Education major and the General Education Program requirements towards such a second major.

As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the training required under the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) will be included in EDU 303 at Fredonia. Undergraduate candidates planning to graduate after Fall 2013 who have already completed EDU 303 on campus or taken a workshop as a substitution for EDU 303 must also complete the EDU DASA workshop prior to graduation.

For certification information, please consult the Education section of the catalog.