Experience cultures and the history of the world with recognized experts in the field of social studies to teach the next generation of inquisitive young minds. The social studies education degree equips you to teach social studies education to children in grades 5-12 within a public or private school setting. This degree also prepares you for further graduate study.
Why do social studies education at Northwestern?
Our classroom preparation is integrated into every facet of teacher education, linking theory to practical experience. Northwestern's wide range of P–12 school partnerships enable you to have extensive interaction with current practitioners in the field while also receiving mentoring from faculty.
The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn how education is different outside the U.S. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad in China over spring break or participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage spring break trip with other education majors. You can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.
Northwestern’s School of Education provides you with four levels of classroom practicum 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 engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field 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 provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned 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.
If you enjoy history, geography, and politics, are eager to serve, passionate about teaching, and are interested in a career in education, this might be the right degree for you.
What will you learn?
You will learn to analyze, think critically and be able to teach social studies education to children in grades 5-12.
Some classes include:
- Adolescent Development
- History of Western Civilizations
- United States and National Government
The rapport that [Northwestern] has built with surrounding schools and teachers is amazing. The professors strive to help you become the best teacher you can be! They care about helping you reach your full potential so that you can go forth and do the same for future students. I have yet to see another school with the same dedication.
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
Who employs people with this degree?
- Schools of all kinds-public, private, charter, international, government, residential
- Day care and nursery school
- Parks and Recreation departments
- Educational testing companies
- Curriculum/educational publishers
- School district offices
- Educational research firms
- Industries related to your subject area
- Non-profit organizations
- Universities and colleges
- Employee training programs
of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives
meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching
of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared
Strategies for success:
- Requirements for certification/licensure vary by state; multiple certifications will increase employability. A master’s degree will increase earning potential.
- Be willing to work hard at finding a job and to go where the jobs are.
- Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you intend to work with in various settings: pre-schools, daycares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
- Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and opportunities.
- Identify transferable skills learned in teaching applicable to other careers: written and verbal communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record keeping, working under pressure and meeting deadlines, motivational skills, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem solving.
- American College Personnel Association
- American Educational Research Association
- American Federation of Teachers
- Association for Experiential Education
- National Education Association
- US Department of Education (listing of associations)
- Association for Childhood Education International
- National Council for the Social Studies
- American Historical Association
- American Association for State and Local History