Bachelor of Arts — Secondary Social Studies Education

Shape the Next Generation of Leaders with a Secondary Social Studies Education Degree

Rigorous standards set forth by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) are built into the curriculum for the B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education degree program, equipping students to successfully teach social studies at the secondary level in a public or private school setting. Students focus their studies on the various theories and practical teaching strategies associated with teaching social studies to this age group as they prepare for a future beyond high school.

Experiential learning through student teaching practicums will provide hands-on experience so students will become effective teachers in the classroom. In addition to covering the subjects of child/adolescent and educational psychology, instructional technology, instructional strategies, and exceptional children, the program also includes: social studies teaching methods, world geography, U.S. history, American and Oklahoma history, macroeconomics, state and local government, historiography/research, cultural anthropology, and social psychology.

What Will You Learn in Our Secondary Social Studies Education Degree Program?

Designed to align with rigorous standards set forth by Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) standards, the B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education equips you to teach social studies at the secondary level. You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical methodologies for successfully teaching to this age group as they prepare for a future beyond high school. Through experiential learning, you will gain hands-on experience to become an effective teacher.

In addition to covering the subjects of child/adolescent and educational psychology, probability and statistics for teachers, instructional strategies, and exceptional children, the program also includes social studies teaching methods, world geography, U.S. history, American and Oklahoma history, macroeconomics, state and local government, historiography/research, cultural anthropology and social psychology.

Why Choose MACU?

From our regionally accredited, diverse selection degree programs to our experienced faculty who bring their real world success to the classroom, we truly believe MACU makes a difference in your education. Our small classes allow you to receive individualized attention and to connect with your classmates on a personal level. You will grow in your faith as you attend weekly chapel services, take part in small groups and other campus events, including sports games, community service opportunities, campus clubs and more. 

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Courses

Code Course
ECON2303 Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics principles, such as national income, production, employment, the money and banking system, the modern theory of national income, economic growth, inflation, and the problems of economic stabilization. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
EDUC2101 MACU Teacher Education Orientation
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the requirements for state certification set forth by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). Teacher candidates will also be introduced and learn the Global Vision Conceptual Framework and other MACU education requirements. Before being accepted in the School of Teacher Education, all students are required to pass this course. Prerequisite: Completed 21 hours of general education. Co-requisite: EDUC 2102. Offered every semester.
EDUC2102 Educational Foundations
This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the field of education. Historical, philosophical, sociological, and curricular foundations of American education; current issues of multicultural education, governance, and support of American education; and legal issues will be explored. Co-requisite: EDUC 2101. Offered every semester.
EDUC2403 Child and Adolescent Psychology
This course is a study of human development from conception through adolescence. Major theoretical approaches of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development will be examined. This study will include parent/child, sibling, and other relationships as they relate to developmental processes and stages. Study will be divided into five periods of childhood: prenatal, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103 or SOCI 1103. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3103 Educational Psychology
This course includes basic and current learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning, and classroom management and assessment. Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103, EDUC 2101 and EDUC 2102. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC3203 Instructional Technologies
This course is an applications and theory course designed to familiarize participants with various technologies and their uses in education. Teacher candidates will evaluate computer systems and software applications and examine networking, audio/visual technologies, digital/analog video technologies, and distance education to determine its use in the classroom. Candidates will prepare and present an instructional design integrating technology in the classrooms. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Five (5) hours of field experience is required. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I
This course provides practice in the educational theories of effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and a variety of assessments, especially alternative and authentic assessments; and the involvement of parents/caregivers and the community in the learning process. Offered every spring semester.
EDUC4213 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment II
This course further develops the knowledge base ad skills from EDUC 4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I. Prerequisite: EDUC 4203. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4223 Students with Exceptionalities
This course is an introduction to the characteristics, needs, problems, and behavior patterns of exceptional children; and the various educational approaches used with them. Topics central to special education today – inclusion, diversity, assistive technology, collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams, will all be studied. The intellectual, physical, emotional, and behaviorally disabled children will be studied, as well as gifted children and disabled adults. Ten (10) field experiences in special education and gifted classes will be required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2103, and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.
EDUC4603 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies
This course is designed for prospective secondary social studies teachers, the course provides the teacher candidate opportunities to learn and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for teaching social studies. Attention is given to curriculum design, classroom management, assessment, research-based best practices, interdisciplinary approach to social studies, technology in the social studies classroom, and professional development. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Thirty (30) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDuC 4203 and EDUC 4213, 30 hours in social studies, and acceptance into the teacher education program. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
EDUC4909 Student Teaching
This course gives the student teacher firsthand experience in the school setting through observation/teaching in an accredited school. He or she will spend fourteen weeks in this course with twelve weeks in the actual classroom under the supervision of both a cooperating teacher at a cooperating public school and the university supervisor. Portfolios and video tapes will be completed. Prerequisite: completion of classes in specialization and professional education. Offered every semester.
GEOG2503 Physical Geography
This course analyzes the distribution of natural features of earth’s environment. Landforms, soils, minerals, water, climate, flora and fauna, and the relationships between these phenomena are expired. Offered every spring semester.
GEOG2603 Human Geography
This course covers the major organizing concepts of economic and cultural geography. It explores people’s geographic behavior in terms of spatial organization on the earth’s surface, as well as their development of regional political systems. Offered every fall semester.
HIST1203 History of World Civilization II
A survey of world history from the Medieval Era to present. Offered every spring semester.
HIST2203 American History II
A survey of American history from 1877 to the present. Offered every spring semester.
HIST3903 Oklahoma History
This course is a study of the development of Oklahoma from the early Spanish exploration to the present, including the Indian treaties, coming of settlers, territorial days, and development since statehood. Prerequisite: HIST 2103 and HIST 2203. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
HIST4103 Colonial Period
This class is an exploration of the establishment and growth of the early United States. This includes a historical emphasis not only upon the United States’ colonial roots and political development, but also its social structures and cultural institutions. Prerequisites: HIST 2103 and HIST 2203. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.
HIST4203 19th Century United States History
This course seeks to give an overview of the major ethnic groups in America with an emphasis upon their arrival and integration with American society at large. In addition, this course also covers the issues of race relations, the source and nature of group tensions, as well as communication and cross-cultural issues that would inform interaction with, and evaluation of, various groups.
HIST4213 Twentieth Century United States History
A close examination of the United States in this century, beginning with the assassination of William McKinley and coming forward to the present. Special attention will be given to such major events as World Wars I and II, the Great Depression and the New Deal, America’s position of world leadership, and the Civil Rights movement. Prerequisites: HIST 2103 and HIST 2203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
HIST4323 Directed Readings in History
Readings in selected topics in history to develop factual knowledge, analytical skills, interpretive understanding, and writing skills. Students will engage a variety of media about a chosen subject in US History for the purpose of completing a papaer and essay exam in their chosen topic to prepare them for the OSAT in United States History. The studetns in this class will work with the instructor on an individual basis.
HIST4403 Historiography/Research
This course possesses two goals. First, the class desires to introduce the student to the critical issues of the discipline of history. This includes issues of both methodology and theory. Second, the course seeks to develop the student’s competence in the area of historical research. This includes being able to develop a topic, securing and evaluating sources, and producing a coherent and insightful academic paper. Prerequisites: HIST 1103 and HIST 1203, and at least junior standing. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
POLS2203 State and Local Government
Analysis of the position of the state in the federal system; state and local government in the United States; constitution of the state, constitutional development, functions and problems of state government. Prerequisite: POLS 1103. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.
SOCI1103 Introduction to Sociology
A study of the nature of social relations, social institutions, social processes and the products of these relationships. The nature of culture, communication, socialization, mobility, social control and other sociological concepts are considered. Offered every fall semester.
SOCI2243 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
A study of the cultures of people througout the world, including the principles behind the various aspects of culture. The course is designed to provide an understanding of cross-cultural problems which can assist in a more effective communication of Gospel as well as a better understanding of the person's own culture. Offered spring semester: Odd numbered years.
SOCI2303 Social Psychology
A study of the nature of the social structures which man has developed and their influences on the functioning of human individuals and groups. Emphasis is given to interactive processes involved in socialization, leadership, attitude formation, motivation, cognition, and self-concept formation. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103 and SOCI 1103. Offered every semester.
UNIV1121 First Year Evangel
Designed for the first-year student, this course will explore the essential aspects of being a college student at MACU through the lens of a selected pop culture topic. Aspects to be explored include critical thinking, time management, goal setting, MACU’s mission and vision, and the unique aspects of being a MACU student and earning a MACU degree. Required for all College or Arts and Science students unless waived by the Academic Dean or his/her designee. Offered every semester.

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