Social Studies Education
About the Program
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) defines social studies as “integrated study for civic competence” (2009). With its emphasis upon global citizenship and social justice, the Social Studies Education program at Elizabethtown College prepares students to teach courses in history, civics and government, geography, economics, and the social sciences for grades 7-12. A carefully designed curriculum which utilizes courses in the academic major, the Core program, and electives qualify students for secondary certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Students are additionally required to complete rigorous field placements throughout their four years in the major, culminating in their student teaching semester during senior year. These placements are designed to connect pedagogy and educational theory to established best practices in the classroom. For specific information on admission, progress, visit the education department website.
Internships & Opportunities
- Field placement experiences in top regional school districts, including Derry, Hempfield, Lower Dauphin, and Manheim Township, beginning in the freshmen year
- Study abroad opportunities connected to social studies content classes, such as Australia, Belgium, Greece, and Northern Ireland
- Preparation for graduate study in both educational pedagogy and/or social studies content
- Opportunities to attend and present at professional conferences, including the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies