Social Studies Teacher (7–12), B.A.

Murray Koppelman School of Business

Program Overview

In this bachelor’s degree program, you will take courses in such departments as Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, or Sociology, any of which will provide you with a basis to critically examine historical and contemporary issues. At the same time, you’ll learn how to transmit your knowledge to students and discover techniques to engage all students in diverse, urban school settings.

Social Studies Teacher (7–12), B.A.

Where You'll Go

Our program will help you navigate the urban school environment and New York City’s diverse student populations. After graduation, you will be ready to step confidently into a classroom. You will be qualified for employment in the schools of New York City and to receive New York State initial teacher certification.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education for social studies teacher must complete a major in one of the following: Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, or sociology.

Study must include within the major, or in addition to courses in the major, study in economics, government, and at least 21 credits in the history and geography of the United States and the world, including Secondary Education 3584. Students preparing to become social studies teachers must fulfill the economics and government requirements by taking at least one course (three credits) from among: History 3345, 3410, 3420, 3424, 3430, 3441, 3442, 3450, 3457, or a course in Political Science numbered between 3101 and 3160; and at least one course (three credits) from among: History 3332, 3470, 3472, 3512 or Economics 2002, 2100, 2200, 3102, 3152, or 3202.

The following pedagogical courses in the Department of Secondary Education: Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402, 4408, 3456, 4482 (total of 28 credits).

Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402. This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore or upper-sophomore term.

Secondary Education 3456 may be started after completing Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Student teaching: Secondary Education 4401, 4408, and 4482.

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Degree programs in adolescence education and include a major in an appropriate department of the college and in the case of social studies may also include an approved selection of interdepartmental courses.

Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, or one of the sciences qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education for grades 7 through 12.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence education may obtain an extension to teach English, social studies, mathematics, a modern language, or one of the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Secondary Education 3454.

Students must complete 26 credits in the Department of Secondary Education as specified above.

Adolescence education (grades 7–12) programs are writing intensive.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Students must have a GPA of 2.70 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Students must have a B- in both Secondary Education 2001 and 2002, New York City Department of Education Fingerprint clearance, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to continue to Secondary Education 3401, and/or Secondary Education 3402, and/or Secondary Education 3456.

To take Secondary Education 4401, 4404 and 4482, students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401–4406, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the head of the program.

Students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401, 4404, and 4482 and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major.

All students accepted to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Fingerprint verification is required for work in New York City Department of Education schools if you already have fingerprint records or not. Follow these instructions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Social Studies Education graduates have civic competence and social understanding, engage in critical thinking, integrate ideas and disciplines, and carry out powerful and meaningful teaching.

Learning Objectives for Social Studies Education and History

Social Studies Education

Students will:

  • Be prepared to pass NYSED teacher certification examinations in content area, pedagogy, and knowledge of students.
  • Apply the ACTFL, CEC, NCSS, NCTE, NCTM, NSTA, and SHAPE Standards and the Next Generation Learning Standards to planning, instruction, and assessment for all students, including those of low SES, linguistic/cultural minorities, and those with IEPs.
  • Design lessons and units of study that engage all students, including ELLs and students with IEPs, in doing, thinking, reasoning, speaking, and writing in the content areas.
  • Incorporate community resources in culturally relevant units of study.
  • Create classrooms that support social and emotional learning.
  • Make plans for and use technological tools (e.g., communication and collaboration tools, adaptive devices, Web-based digital media) in instruction.
  • Analyze instructional materials and assessments in order to identify linguistic and extra-linguistic demands and challenges of performance tasks in the content areas.
  • Analyze and interpret whole-class interaction focusing on guiding techniques conducive to orchestrating meaningful, inclusive, and content-rich conversations.
  • Analyze and interpret samples of student work and classroom data to identify different levels of student learning as well as typical errors and misconceptions.
  • Conduct and use research in their own practices to improve learning and teaching.

Goal 1: Historical Concepts and Content: To help students understand the nature of historical inquiry and the major historical developments that inform the modern world.

  • Objective 1: Demonstrate basic knowledge about key historical concepts (such as “objectivity”) and historical terminology (such as “primary source”).
  • Objective 2: Demonstrate basic knowledge about key historical actors and events across the department’s distribution requirements.

Goal 2: Historical Skills: To teach students the skills of historical inquiry and expression.

  • Objective 1: Articulate a clear research question, assemble a bibliography, and use citations properly.
  • Objective 2: Situate an original historical argument within a basic historiographical framework.
  • Objective 3: Effectively incorporate primary sources into a historical argument.
  • Objective 4: Express basic historical ideas in writing using a clear thesis statement, a well-organized argument, and effective evidence.  Students will demonstrate that they have met these goals and objectives by producing work that might include, but will not be limited to, analytical papers, research papers, journals, quizzes, exams, in-class writing assignments, presentations, and discussion.


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Internships and Employers

As a student in the School of Education, you will complete internships in public and/or private schools throughout the New York City region. The internship is a 14-week, full-time, supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a childhood education teacher.

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