Bachelor of Arts
in Social Science
with a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
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Prepare for a career as a teacher of social studies and history in middle or high school with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential. It combines rigorous coursework in history and social sciences with a concentration on world, U.S., and California history.
In the BA Social Science program, you’ll explore the demographic, economic, and political impacts to the history of California from the time of the Spaniards to the present. You’ll learn to look at familiar places and cultures from an entirely new perspective and while doing so, develop your skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and researching. As the specialized courses are combined with sound educational methodology and student teacher training, you’ll leave prepared to enter the education field as a respected teacher of social studies or history.
*Please note: Students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (e.g., CSET) early (prior to Credential Area Methods coursework) into their programs to avoid interruptions to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Assess the significance of major trends in U.S. and world history.
- 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.
- 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.
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