Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential (California Only)

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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. This California Bachelor of Arts in social science online degree 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, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level and a minimum 70.5 units of General Education requirements. 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.
Preparation for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Requirements for Major (24 courses; 103.5 quarter units)
Social Science Requirements (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Education Theory and Methodology Requirements (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
TED 530A, 530B, 531A and 531B are field experience courses receiving a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and are not factored into cumulative GPA.
Core Requisite(s):
Credentialing Requirements (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Students must have a senior standing to enroll in EDX1201X. EDX1201X is graduate level and the grade earned must be a “B” or better. EDX1201X will not transfer to National University or any other university as a graduate level class.