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Social Studies Education

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School of Education

Social Studies Education


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

140 credits

required for program

140 credits

140 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.

The School of Education students have the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn about global education. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study over spring break in China or go on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage with other education students. 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 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.

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

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

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.
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