Social Studies Education

Do you love social studies and children?

Do you feel called to teach?

Like William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not about filling a bucket; it’s about lighting a fire.”

The Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education prepares one for certification in teaching social studies for grades 6- 12. 12-18 year olds are at a unique place in their lives, when their brains are developing abstract reasoning and when they are discovering their passions and niches. As a social studies teacher, you could be the match to ignite a fire in a student’s heart to pursue something as their own career, or to just learn how to love learning. A good teacher in middle or high school can change the trajectory of a child’s life.

Calling + Passion

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It requires tenacity, integrity, and perseverance. It demands a compassionate heart, willing mind, and competent hands. It requires passion, intelligence, and, most importantly, a calling. Teaching is its own form of ministry, and it must come from the fire God lights in your heart, rather than outside pressures or persuasion. Teaching is more than a job; it is a calling because it involves the difficult and rewarding
challenge of helping students become better people. The professors at OKWU encourage students to find their passion. If you love kids, and the Revolutionary War, the Greek deities, or the Industrial Revolution get you excited, then the Social Studies Education major  is definitely for you.

The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized social studies courses.

Real-life experience

One special thing about OKWU’s Education program is the amount of real-life practice we afford students. These hands-on experience gives students the opportunity to start early, even as early as their first freshman semester. From field-observations to practicums, every lesson is designed to equip teachers to be most effective in their field. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher at a local school.

Some of the classes a Social Studies Education major will take include:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Geography
  • European Overview
  • Micro- and macro-economics
  • History of Oklahoma
  • Latin American History
  • Psychology of Education and Learning
  • Classroom Management… and more!

Building Effective Educators with a Christian Perspective with TOWER

T – Theory-Based Practices
O – On-Site Experiences
W – World View
E – Expertise in Content
R – Reflective Teaching

Everything we do revolves around our four pillars of OKWU’s mission: The Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Our graduates encapsulate these values and are thoroughly equipped to pass them on to the next generation.

School of Education and School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Click here to learn about the faculty members teaching the next generation of teachers.

Social Studies Education Degree Plan

Click here to go to the OKWU course catalog, which outlines course descriptions, teacher certification requirements, and degree plans for all majors. Information about the School of Education begins on page 128, and the social studies education degree plan begins on page 154.

Contact us to learn more!