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Social Studies Education, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (ARWU) West Lafayette, IN, United States
Earn a degree in Social Studies Education at the Purdue University and put your interest in history, geography, politics, civics, and government to work. A social studies education degree will enable you to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12). 
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Overview

Social studies education is an interdisciplinary integration of several social sciences including economics, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.

Two key themes (social justice and diversity, and K-12 STEM education) and four key strands (innovation, collaboration, advancement, and leadership) run through and guide the program.  Students at the Purdue University who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, a social studies education graduate is qualified to teach social studies related subjects (i.e., economics, history, government, and citizenship) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school. With 43 interstate licensing agreements, graduates will be able to teach almost anywhere in the country.

Careers in Social Studies Education

  • Camp counselor
  • Community services
  • Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, education administrator, lawyer, school counselor)
  • Historian
  • Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you're applying to begin in the spring or summer term, submit application as early as possible prior to the start of the term.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring Teaching As A Career
  • Educational Technology And Computing Multiculturalism And Education
  • The Teaching Of Social Studies In Secondary Schools
  • The Teaching Of Social Studies In Junior High/Middle School
  • Reading In Middle And Secondary Schools: Methods And Problems
  • Supervised Teaching
  • Learning And Motivation
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Assessment Literacy
  • Educational Policies And Laws

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: $60 Application Fee
  • Secondary School Grades
  • Official SAT or ACT Score: SAT or ACT scores with writing is strongly encouraged for international citizens. 
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Letter of Recommendation: Though not required, a letter of recommendation is strongly encouraged, especially for students eligible to be considered for scholarships, for the Honors College or for those who are applying to highly competitive programs.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30794 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28794 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9992 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Lafayette

  • 1096 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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