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Secondary Education: Social Studies Concentration


Opening peoples’ eyes to the world’s history and its cultures is only part of what makes becoming a social studies teacher a rewarding career path.

Graduates of Secondary Education Social Studies who complete all program requirements are eligible to apply for PA Instructional I Teaching Certification.  This certification enables graduates to teach U. S. History, World History, U. S. Government (Civics) and Geography in grades 7-12 in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings.  Secondary Social Studies teachers also may teach Economics, Sociology or Psychology.

Clarion University Teacher Education faculty continually update their coursework and field experience assignments to reflect the changing school environments as well as Pennsylvania and National Academic Standards for learning and teaching. Education Department faculty are all certified teachers and average over 15 years of K-12 classroom experience. 

While a few courses in undergraduate education programs may be offered online, the majority of the program is on campus in highly interactive face-to-face instruction. Field experiences in schools are integrated during all four years of the program, with larger blocks of time spent in grades 7-12 school settings during the senior year.  More information about field experiences, required certification tests and clearances as well as student teaching may be found by visiting the Office of Field Services.

The Secondary Education Social Studies program is recognized by the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).