Social Studies Education
School of Education

Social Studies Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

133 credits

required for program

Learn different cultures and history to teach the next generation of young minds. The social studies education degree equips you to teach children in grades 5–12 at a public or private school. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.

This might be the right degree for you if

  • you enjoy history, geography, and politics
  • are eager to serve your community
  • are passionate about teaching

Why do social studies education at Northwestern?

Our education programs integrate classroom preparation and practical experience into coursework. Northwestern’s Pre K–12 school partnerships provide experience and mentorship with current teachers.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom experience.

  • The first allows you to find your personal “fit” within the teaching profession.
  • The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity.
  • The third level teaches you to apply methodologies by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom.
  • The final level is full time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education programs are approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. We meet Minnesota’s standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs align with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.

The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.

The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving education system.

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Careers in social studies education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in social studies education.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Teaching in your area of specialty
  • Private tutoring
  • Creating/directing educational programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional design (technology training may be required)
  • Textbook editing
  • Online education
  • Student life/student affairs
  • Corporate or business training and development
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