Social Studies Education Degree

The Department of History prepares students for Social Studies (Composite) Grades 7-12. The state standards are incorporated into the required curriculum. Students are introduced to a wide range of courses including history, cultural geography, state and local government, political theory, and economics. Students who graduate with this certification will have a knowledge and understanding of the social, political, cultural, and religious movements, the most influential people, scientific discoveries, and technological advances as well as the major events which have shaped human history.

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Don Taylor-Pofessor of History Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Don Taylor

Professor of History, Head of History Department

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Why study Social Studies Education at HSU?

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Future Success

The Department of History, in a dynamic and collaborative partnership with the School of Education and other HSU academic departments, strives to provide the optimal academic experience in preparing future social studies teachers for success.

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Caring Faculty

Students in the Social Studies program receive one-on-one guidance provided by dedicated teacher-scholars who hold Ph.D.’s and a breadth of experience.

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU’s teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Social Studies (Composite), B.S.H.S. Grades 7-12  can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete these degrees will be eligible to take one of the following Texas certification tests: Social Studies 7-12 or English Language Arts Reading Social Studies 4-8. These certifications lead to Social Studies teaching positions in 7-12 grade in the content of History, Government, Economics, and Political Science or English and Social Studies 4-8 grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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