Teaching Secondary History/Social Studies

Teaching Secondary History/Social Studies lays both a philosophical and practical foundation for teaching history and social studies to grades 7–10. Students will explore what defines an effective social studies class while developing and practicing diverse instructional strategies in a seminar and workshop-style setting. An overarching question driving the course through both theory and practice is, “What does it mean to be a Christian history teacher?”

The course progresses through three stages or units: (1) developing a philosophy of teaching social studies, (2) methods of planning, instruction, and assessment, and (3) practicum. Prerequisite: Principles of Teaching I or equivalent (may be taken concurrent with EDU 350) or four years of teaching experience.