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Advising Basics

Social   Studies   Education  Advising  Basics  (*This  document   does  not  replace, substitute, or supersede the official ISU catalog copy.)

The Social Studies Education program is an inter-disciplinary program and a component of the  "Becoming A Complete Professional" (BCP) teacher education program at Indiana State  University. The content and content methods courses define the SSE major. The BCP teacher education program is housed in the College of Education.

The  program for the SSE major is laid out in the  Indiana State Catalogue. Please consult the ISU website for the full catalog copy.

Professional Education Sequence

The Bayh College of Education, through the Department of Teaching and Learning, administers the professional  education sequence for education majors,including SSE.

In order to gain admittance into BCP I, students must  complete the  following:

  1. Complete the  CASA exam, or have  sufficient SAT/ACT scores to  be exempt from the CASA (see ESS; )
  2. Achieve a "C" {AND NOT "C-"} or better in all prerequisite courses;
  3. Maintain an overall  minimum GPA of 2.5;
  4. Complete CIMT 200 and ESPY 202 with a "C" or better;
  5. Submit to a background check.

Please  note  students are solely responsible for meeting BCOE deadlines and guidelines associated with the  BCP.

Courses in the professional education sequence:

Pre- BCP I (usually  completed by end of sophomore year)

CIMT 200- -- 2 hrs
EPSY 202 Psychology of Childhood & Adolescence- 3 hrs


SPED 226 Exceptional Learning in the Classroom- 3 hrs
CIMT 301Teaching I- 2 hrs
CIMT 302 Teaching II- 2 hrs
EPSY 341

CIMT 400 Teaching Ill- 3 hrs
CIMT 400L Teaching Ill Laboratory- 1hr
CIMT 401Student Teaching- 11hrs
CIMT 402 Teaching an Integrated  Unit (or equivalent)- 1hr

Social Studies Education Methods Courses
All SSE majors must complete  both 305 and 306. Please note that SS 305 is only taught in the Spring Semester. SS 306 is only taught  in the Fall, and requires completion of SS305 and CIMT 301/302 as well as co-enrollment in CIMT 400/400L.

SSE 305 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools- 3 credit hours
SSE 306 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Teaching Social Studies -1credit hour

Content Area Curriculum
All students must complete  2 content  areas and specific coursework  across 3 additional social science categories outside of their 2 areas of specialization. All content  area specializations  require  15 hours of  coursework  (except for  history).  History specializations require  24 credit hours. In some cases, a maximum  of 1 specified shared course may be counted towards 2 content specializations (please see coordinator for a list of these courses). A maximum  of 1 shared course is allowable per content area and no shared course can be counted  in more than  2-areas. Students  must  earn a "C" or better in all content  courses and have a 2.5 GPA or better in the major and overall.

Content Area Specialization Sequences

Social Science Education majors must complete the course sequences outlined below for at-least 2 content  areas.

Economics (ECON)
200-3 hrs
201-3 hrs
362-3 hrs
2 Restricted Electives- 6 hrs
(Select from 321, 331, 341, 344, 351 or shared course)

Geography (ENVI)
105-3 hrs
110-3 hrs
115-3 hrs
213-3 hrs
Restricted Elective in ENVI or shared course- 3 hrs
(for eclective, Select from ENVI 130, 210, 211, 352, 353, 356, 417, 418, 419, 420, 423)

Government (PSCI)
201-3 hrs
305-3 hrs
280 or 271- 3 hrs
400-level Directed Elective- 3 hrs
Open Elective (any PSCI course, except 201, 305, 271 or 280 or Shared Course)- 3 hrs

History  (HIST)
101-3 hrs
102-3 hrs
302-3 hrs
300-400-level directed electives US- 6 hrs (3 hours must be at the 400-level)
400-level directed elective World- 3 hrs
400-level directed elective Europe- 3 hrs
Open Elective (any HIST course, except 101, 102 or 302 or an approved Shared Course)- 3 hrs

Psychology (PSY)
101- 3 hrs
201-3 hrs
344-3 hrs
362-3 hrs
Open Elective or Shared Course- 3 hrs

Sociology (SOC)
280-4 hrs
220-3 hrs
390-3 hrs
499 Senior Seminar- 2 hrs
Open Elective or Shared Course- 3 hrs

Required Courses Non-Specializing Areas

In  areas outside  of  your  defined  content  specialization, students  must  complete  the required   courses  listed.  Below  in  three  areas. For  example,  history  and  economics specialists would  complete  coursework  in geography, government, and psychology OR sociology.

Non-Teaching Area Required Courses

Economics ECONlOO or ECON200
Geography ENVI105 or ENVI 213 or ENVI130
Government  PSCI201
History HIST102 AND HIST 113 (covering a US History topic)
Psychology PSY101 OR Sociology SOC 100 or SOC 110 or SOC 220 or SOC 240

Shared SSE Elective Courses








ENVI 213

ECON 344

ECON 331

PSCI 462

SOC 240

PSY 270

ENVI 417

HIST 484

ENVI 421

ECON 362


PSCI 416

HIST 417


SOC 440



PSCI 410

PS 431


SOC 441



WS 200

Recommended Foundational Studies Courses for Majors

In some  areas of  Foundational Studies, there are  opportunities to  take  courses  which will count both  toward Foundational Studies requirements as well as toward the major.

Historical Studies
•    History 113

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
•    PSY 101 works as concentration or non-teaching field. Avoid first semester if student thinks she wants to do Sociology as a concentration.
•    ECON 100 works as a non-teaching field.
•    Sociology 101 only if A) Sociology is a concentration or B) Psychology 101 is NOT going to be a concentration area.

•    ESPY 202 is usually not recommended for first semester students in SSE.

•    ENVI 110/110L works in the geography concentration and is recommended for most SSE majors

•    PSCI107 is a good choice for students with a Government concentration.
•    HIST 334 is possible for those concentrating in History depending on how the UDIEs (see below) are used.

•     History 101 or 102 is a good choice for students with a History  concentration
•    ESPY 341 is required for all majors

UDIES (Need one. Take junior  or first semester senior year)
For History Concentration
HIST 320, 336, 345 or 350

For Geography Concentration
ENVI 310,  ENVI 360, ENVI 361, ENVI 376, ENVI 419, ENVI 423, ENVI 460

For Econ Concentration
ECON 331

For PSY Concentration
PSY 350
PSY 485