Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Social Science Education (BSS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1317

College of Education


Major Description

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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

These prerequisites must be met by transfer students as well as USF students. A grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)
  • EDF X085* Teaching Diversity for Educators (3)
  • EME X040 Introduction to Technology for Educators (3)

Other program prerequisites**:

  • AMH X010 (3)
  • AMH X020 (3)
  • POS X041 (3)

*In addition to EDF X085, a minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

**Courses specified in this category may apply to Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Core Curriculum coursework.

Total Major Hours: 87 Hours

Major Core Courses - 87 Hours

Professional Education Core:

  • EDF 3214 Human Development and Learning
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society (WRIN)
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers
  • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom
  • TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies
  • ESE 4322 Classroom Management for Diverse School and Society

Social Sciences Specialization:

  • AMH 2010 American History I
  • AMH 2020 American History II
  • AMH 3421 Early Florida
  • AMH 3423 Modern Florida
  • GEA 2000 World Regional Geography
  • HUM 2210 Studies in Culture: Classical through Medieval
  • HUM 2230 Studies in Culture: Renaissance through the 20th Century
  • INR 3018 World Ideologies
  • POS 2112 State and Local Government and Politics
  • One of the following:
  • Upper-level Social Science course

  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
  • One of the following:
    • POS 2041 American National Government
    • POS 2080 The American Political Tradition

Social Science Education:

  • SSE 4333 Teaching Middle Grades Social Science
  • SSE 4334 Teaching Secondary Grades Social Science
  • SSE 4335 Teaching Social Science Themes*
  • SSE 4600 Reading and Basic Skills in the Social Studies Class
  • SSE 4936 Senior Seminar in Social Sciences Education (CPST)
  • SSE 4940 Internship: Social Science Education**

*SSE 4333 must be successfully completed prior to SSE 4335.

**Only SSE 4936 can be taken at the same time as SSE 4940.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Major Internship Opportunities

  • SSE 4334 - Student observations take place in assigned schools, Criminal Background Clearance not required
  • SSE 4335 - Students teach on multiple occassions 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

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