Education: Middle School Social Science

  • Overview

    Are you energized by the idea of contributing to a better-informed and more engaged citizenry? If so, you might find teaching Social Science to middle school students extremely rewarding.

    Successful middle school teachers are able to channel the eagerness and energy of young adolescent students toward a lifelong love of learning. In particular, the social sciences spark young minds to explore human interaction and society. As a Middle School Social Science Education major at WPU, you will become well versed in the subject matter of the middle school Social Science curriculum through courses in History, Political Science and Anthropology. Moreover, you will learn to tap into a range of theories and methodologies to facilitate positive learning environments for culturally and academically diverse students.

    Through study and practice, you will plan and implement instruction in the classroom, working closely with your public school mentor and WPU supervisor in your middle school practicum and student teaching experience. Throughout the program, you will develop the skills in critical and reflective thinking, as well as the leadership and confidence, to manage your own classroom effectively.

    Study Middle School Social Science at WPU
    Learn the skills to become a world-class educator, getting hands-on experience in the classroom with Wake County Public Schools
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Education, Middle School Social Studies


    To be admitted to the program in the fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a score of: Reading (126), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (486)

    Liberal Education Requirements                49 hours
    Education Core Courses 49 hours
    Required Courses for MS Licensure 3 hours
    Social Studies Concentration 24 hours
    Total Credits for a B.A. in Education with Middle School Licensure 120 hours


    Required Courses for MS Licensure
    3 credit hours
    PSY 310: Child and Adolescent Dev. 3


    Education Core Courses
    49 credit hours
    EDU 201:  Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers 3
    EDU 250:  Exceptionalities in Education 3
    EDU 303: Social Studies Methods 3
    EDU 310: Instructional Technology 3
    EDU 332:  Practicum for Middle School 1
    EDU 351: Classroom Management in the 21st Century Classroom 3
    EDU 402:  Classroom Assessment 3
    EDU 452:  21st Century Teacher Leadership 1
    EDU 465:  Reading in the Content Area 3
    EDU 475:  Methods of Teaching Middle School and High School 3
    EDU 480: Senior Seminar 2
    EDU 496:  Student Teaching 13


    Social Studies Concentration
    24 credit hours
    HIS 103: World Civilizations I 3
    HIS 104: World Civilizations II 3
    HIS 201: History of the United States I 3
    HIS 202: History of the United States II 3
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology 3
    PSC 201: American Government 3
    Choose two of the following:

    • PSC 202: State and Local Government
    • PSC 260: Political Economy for Public Policy
    • PSC 370: American Constitutional Law
    • ANT 315: Globalization, People and Culture
    • ANT 380: India: Past and Present
  • Faculty
    Jennifer Russell, WPU professor.
    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    ​Assistant Professor of Special Education
    Robin Vincent, WPU professor.
    Assistant Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator
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