We appreciate your interest in advancing your education here at VCSU. The curriculum for a Social Science Education major is designed to enhance your understanding and interest in professional education within the Social Science area as well as to produce a Social Science professional who is a knowledge-based decision maker.
The curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: geography, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history; all explore the ways that human beings, as societies or cultures, relate to each other and their environments and how they establish structured systems to effectively govern and administer their activities. Each area has a distinct knowledge base and point of view that collectively form a cohesive grouping of studies designed to train students to deal with people in a wide variety of settings and help manage the problems of society. We invite you to come and visit with one of our faculty members to discuss our program.
As a Social Science Education major, you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities.
TEACHER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
You are typically admitted into Teacher Education during your sophomore year or beginning of your junior year of college. Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/undergrad_ed/