Social Science Teaching Major

Social Science Teaching Major

As a social science teaching major, you will have three field experiences to explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future teacher.

There are three options or paths of study, pending your future career aspirations:

SOCIAL SCIENCE PLAN A (SPECIALIST)

Students have the choice of constructing their major by choosing three areas from: American Government, American History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and World History. This major leads to Iowa endorsements in grades 5-12 in the three chosen areas.

SOCIAL SCIENCE PLAN B (GENERALIST)

Students are required to take a minimum number of classes from seven content areas: American Government, American History, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and World History. This major leads to the Iowa all-social science endorsement for grades 5-12.

SOCIAL SCIENCE PLAN C (BASIC)

With this path, students will obtain certification within Iowa for American Government, American History,  and World History plus one other social science area for grades 5-12. The fourth area can be selected from Economics, Geography, Psychology or Sociology.  This major leads to the Iowa endorsements in four areas (Government, US History, World History and one student choice) for grades 5-12.

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Flexible Options

Student teach in Iowa, throughout the United States or even overseas.

More than a Number

Small classroom sizes, dedicated faculty and ample support.

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Contact us directly at:

Chad Christopher
Advisor, History and Social Science Teaching
Seerley 328
Department of History
Phone: 319-273-3157
Email: chad.christopher@uni.edu

Lisa Tabor
Assistant Professor
Innov Teaching & Tech Ctr 216
Department of Geography
Phone: 319-273-7343
Email: lisa.tabor@uni.edu






Grow your future.

Students are prepared to become teachers through four graduated field experiences:

LEVEL 1 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)

30 hours – The purpose of the field experience is to help the students familiarize themselves with the roles, responsibilities and professional relationships of teachers.

LEVEL 2 (JUNIOR YEAR)

25 hours – Students will teach multiple lessons under the supervision of a classroom teacher and UNI field experience faculty member.

LEVEL 3 (SENIOR YEAR)

35 hours – Students will spend a whole week shadowing a practicing teacher. During this week students will practice the skills necessary to teach a full day.

STUDENT TEACHING (SENIOR YEAR)

16 weeks of full-time teaching – If at one of the in-state centers students will do two separate placements. One eight-weeks will be spend in a middle school/junior high setting and the other eight-weeks will be in a high school setting.