History and Social Science Teaching Emphasis, BA/BS


Program Description

The BA or BS in History and Social Sciences Education is designed specifically for students seeking secondary teaching careers and prepares them to teach American, World, and Utah History, along with Political Science, Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.  This emphasis also includes a Secondary Education (SCED) teaching certification which qualifies students to secure employment at the high school level immediately upon graduation.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

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Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

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Program Curriculum

126 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement
Complete one of the following:3-16
16 credits in a single foreign language (by coursework or vertical credit)
Foreign language 2020 or 3060 class (C or higher)
Foreign language 1020 class (C or higher) and 12 credits FLATS/FL-GE in another language
Nonnative speakers may use ESL test or specific course(s)

History and Social Science Teaching Emphasis Core Requirements

HIST 1500World History to 1500 (SS, GC)3
HIST 1510World History Since 1500 (SS, GC)3
HIST 2700U.S. History to 18773
HIST 2710U.S. History Since 18773
HIST 3000Historical Research Methodologies3
Four (4) HIST Upper Division Electives12
Emphasis Requirements
ECON 2010Micro Economics (SS, GC)3
ECON 2020Macro Economics (SS, GC)3
GEOG 1000
GEOG 1005
Physical Geography (PS)
and Physical Geography Lab (LAB)
GEOG 1300World Regional Geography3
GEOG 4200Geography of Utah3
HIST 3870History of Utah3
POLS 1100American Government (AI)3
POLS 2100Introduction to International Relations (SS, GC)3
PSY 1010General Psychology (SS, GC)3
PSY Upper Division Elective3
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology (SS, GC)3
SOC Upper Division Elective3

Secondary Education Program Admission

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"

and students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content area subject test(s). In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Students with BA/BS degrees in progress must have completed at least 95% of major coursework and have approval of major academic content area department advisor
  • Students with completed BA/BS or higher degrees must have their transcripts reviewed by content area department advisor 
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
EDUC 2700Graduation Planning, Program Application & Career Prep0
SCED Licensure Courses
SS 4700Social Studies Curr Methods3
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP)2
SCED 4100Curriculum and Instruction3
SCED 4200Secondary Assessment2
SCED 4600Classroom Management (ALPP)3
SCED 4300Practicum Seminar3
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Capstone3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 126 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each History and Social Sciences Teaching program required course.
  6. USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"
  7. Cumulative 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite and professional courses.