Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Science Education (Grades 6-12)
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History, Civics, and Salt
It only takes a spark. And that interest in politics, a public issue or a foreign culture could lead to a student’s lifetime commitment to voting, volunteering or a career in public service. Social studies teachers decode the adult world of politics, economics and culture that liberals and conservatives debate daily and passionately in the media and the public square. If Christians are to effectively contend for the faith in a society that is increasingly articulating secular values, we must be salt in the classrooms where worldviews begin to form. How teens and pre-teens are presented with history, cultural shifts and current events can profoundly influence their opinions and the choices they will make as young adults. If God has given you a passion for both the world and the future of the world—the youth—Southeastern can help you mold your interests into a life-inspiring career.
From the Curriculum to the Classroom
Southeastern’s secondary social science program begins with our Christ-centered liberal arts (general education) core curriculum, where you develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity and reason, and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. As you forge links between what you’ve learned in the core and the more specialized courses in your major, our hope is that you also begin to relate all that you learn to your life and your faith.
Within the secondary social studies program itself, you’ll learn how to motivate and manage sixth- through 12th-graders, design and deliver lessons, and assess learners. You will build upon your exposure to history and other social sciences gained through Southeastern’s core curriculum by studying government, economics, cultural anthropology and other topics. You also will study how to effectively teach students of other cultures and different abilities. Southeastern will arrange for you to spend many hours in local middle and high school classrooms where you will observe topnotch teachers, instruct students and be mentored. Your training will culminate with student teaching, a 14-week assignment to a classroom where you’ll plan and teach lessons and manage and assess learners.