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Social Studies Education

Student StudyingSocial studies education at Purdue features excellent programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The undergraduate program prepares students to teach social studies at the secondary level (grades 5-12).   The program is an interdisciplinary integration of several social sciences including economics, government and citizenship, historical perspectives, psychology, and sociology.

Four strands run through and guide the program:  diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios.  The social studies education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education. 

Once licensed, a social studies education graduate is qualified to teach social studies related subjects (i.e., economics, history, government, and citizenship) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school.  With 43 interstate licensing agreements, graduates will be able to teach almost anywhere in the country.

At the graduate level, students may earn the master’s or Ph.D. degrees.  Master’s students generally wish to enhance their knowledge and skills as a social studies teacher.  Ph.D. students typically enter the program to become social studies leaders in local, state, and national educational agencies, social studies curriculum developers, or professors in K-12 education at the university level in the United States or globally.