Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Science Education B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study

Social Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching social science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators. Prepares students for a career in middle and high schools.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Admission Requirements - College of Education


Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at https://www.usf.edu/education/undergraduate/academic-advising/coedu-applications.aspx

Students must complete General Education and the General Knowledge Test before admission to a teacher preparation program (see http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1004/Sections/1004.04.html).

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Social Science Education B.S.


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education and Field Experience - 3 credit hours
  • AMH X010 American History I - 3 credit hours
  • AMH X020 American History II - 3 credit hours
  • POS X041 American National Government - 3 credit hours
  • ECO X000-X999 or SYG X000-X999 or ANT X000-X999 or PSY X000-X999 or GEA X000-X999 - 3 credit hours

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Required Courses: (87 credit hours)


Major Core Courses: 27 courses; 87 credit hours


Social Sciences Specialization Courses: 13 courses; 39 credit hours


History Courses: 5 courses; 15 credit hours

Both of the following: 2 courses; 6 credit hours

One of the following: 1 course; 3 credit hours

One of the following: 1 course; 3 credit hours

One of the following: 1 course; 3 credit hours

One of the following: 1 course; 3 credit hours

Social Science Education B.S. - Additional Information


Residency Requirement


Students must successfully complete at least 50 percent (50%) of the required courses in the major in courses offered by USF conferring the degree. In cases of hardship or lack of course availability, individual exceptions may be approved by the respective college Dean or designee to help ensure timely graduation.

Grading Requirement


Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.

GPA Requirements


Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Research Opportunities - College of Education


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 - Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities


  • SSE 4334  - Student observations take place in assigned schools, Criminal Background Clearance not required
  • SSE 4335  - Students teach on multiple occasions in assigned Middle or High School, Current Criminal Background Clearance required
  • SSE 4940  - Students teach full-time in assigned middle or high school, Current Criminal Background Clearance required

Accreditation


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Advising Information


For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:  https://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/advising.aspx

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/advisor/index.aspx

4 Year Plan of Study - Social Science Education B.S.


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Study Abroad (Optional)
  • Complete General Knowledge Test

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Apply to College of Education
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3 - See advisor about COEDU recommended electives

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 9 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Social Science Education B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12