BA Secondary Education- Social Science

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As a social studies teacher at the secondary level, you’ll help youth navigate a vast world of people and cultures—to arrive at a better understanding of their place in society. You’ll show them the value of having a voice in government, knowing their roots, and working for the welfare of others.

Why choose Secondary Education with a Social Science Specialization at Saint Leo?

Learn innovative methods to teach history, geography, government and economics, with an emphasis on a multicultural and pro-social education. Create lesson plans that foster curiosity and respect for diversity—and try them out in the classroom as a student teacher.

Accumulate more than 800 hours of field experience by the end of your senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of your own as a certified social science teacher.

In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school principals who've had a Saint Leo graduates as first-year teacher at their school report that they'd provide a positive recommendation for rehiring.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Physical & Cultural Geography
  • Western Civilization Since 1500
  • American Federal Government
  • Social Studies Methods in the Middle & Secondary School
  • Educational Technology
  • Teaching the Adolescent Learner
  • Classroom Management

Professional development opportunities

  • Florida Teacher Certification: Secondary Education majors are eligible to receive certification to teach grades 6-12 in your area of specialization—Social Science.
  • Student teaching: Hone your skills through no less than four field placements, including teaching fulltime in a secondary school one semester your senior year.
  • Professional seminar: Prepare yourself for the job market: Create your resume, meet with school district representatives to learn about the application process, participate in mock interviews with school principals and district administrators.
  • 21st century classroom: Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system, interactive SMART boards and teleconferencing across the world.
  • Conferences: Attend at least one professional conference before graduation, such as the Florida Council for the Social Studies.
  • Co-curricular activities: Participate in the Future Teachers Association and become an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

What can you do with a degree in Secondary Education – Social Science?

Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for grades 6-12. Possible job routes include:

  • History Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Geography Teacher
  • Civics Teacher
  • Economics Teacher

Where are Saint Leo Secondary Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers in school districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education and many other states.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Many Saint Leo graduates have been recognized as Teachers of the Year for their schools and even their entire school districts.

Student resources

View current Education student resources, including information on internships, lesson plans and more.

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You may declare the Secondary Education major when you begin coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally admitted to the program, you must complete an application once you fulfill general education requirements.

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