The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Science with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential combines rigorous coursework in history and the social sciences with training in educational methodology to prepare candidates for careers as teachers of social studies and history at the middle and secondary school levels. The program introduces students to a variety of fields in the social sciences and concentrates on World History, U.S. History, and California History. Students examine worlds, times, places and cultures--including their own--in ways they have never considered and they develop strong skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and researching. The educational methodology and student teaching portions of the program prepare candidates for professional work as single subject social studies or history teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment.
For additional information on credential requirements, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Assess the significance of major trends in World History.
- Assess the significance of major trends in U.S. History.
- Analyze a variety of primary sources.
- Analyze secondary sources for their arguments and use of supporting evidence.
- Discuss current concerns, new theories, new evidence, and issues that shape interpretation in history and the social sciences.
- Conduct research in history and the social sciences supported by appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
- Delineate the central demographic, economic, and political developments in the history of California from the eve of Spanish settlement to the present.
- Integrate educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
- Describe how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the learning needs of students through the creation of positive learning environments.
- Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.
- Design, implement, and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
- Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
- Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish teaching and learning goals.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Science with a Single Subject Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements.
- HIS 220A United States History I
- HIS 220B United States History II
- HIS 233 World Civilizations I
- HIS 234 World Civilizations II
- POL 100 Introduction to Politics
- POL 201 American Politics
- SCI 300 Geography
- ECO 203 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECO 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
- HIS 431 The Ancient World
- HIS 432 The Classical World
- HIS 433 The Post-Classical World
- HIS 434 Modern World, 1500 to Present
- HIS 400 Historical Theories & Methods
- HIS 360 American Colonial Experience
- HIS 361 Making and Sundering of Union
- HIS 362 U.S. Between Wars, 1865-1917
- HIS 363 U.S. Since World War I
- HIS 410 California History
- HIS 499 Capstone Research Project
- TED 305 Teaching as a Profession
- TED 300 Fundamentals of Education
- TED 310 Development and Learning
- TED 330B Reading and Language Arts
- TED 420 Diversity in Schooling
- TED 430 Special Needs Students
- TED 434 Methods of Teaching Social Sci