Academic Catalog

Secondary Social Science Education (B.A.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Education

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Secondary Social Science Education is designed to prepare students to teach the social sciences in Florida schools in grades 6-12. The program of study includes course work in the social sciences as well as education, with extensive field experiences in secondary school settings in the FGCU five-county service area (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee) to enable students to integrate learning theory with teaching practice.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal transition into a College of Education (COE) major. In order to transition from a COE pre-major to a major, students must complete the following:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on all credits attempted.
  • Pass all subsections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test. No exemptions can be considered.
  • Satisfy all General Education requirements.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills requirements.
  • Satisfy common prerequisite requirements.
  • Successfully complete a background check.

Students must have passed the FTCE Subject Area Exam prior to beginning Block Four (Level I) Internship.

Students must complete all coursework and have passed the FTCE Professional Education Exam prior to beginning Block Five (Level II) Internship.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Pass the FTCE, including the subject area examination and the Professional Education examination.
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level skills and foreign language admission requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: EDF 2005 Intro to Teach Prof (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: EDFX005

    FGCU Course: EDF 2085 Intro to Diversity for Educ (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: EDFX085

    FGCU Course: EME 2040 Intro to Tech in Educ. (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: EMEX040

    FGCU Course: AMH 2010 US History to 1877 (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: AMHX010

    FGCU Course: AMH 2020 US History Since 1877 (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: AMHX020

    FGCU Course: POS 2041 American Nat’l Government (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: POSX041

    FGCU Course: Any course with the prefix ANT, ECO, GEA, PSY, SYG
    Acceptable Substitute: ANTX000-X999 or ECOX000-X999 or GEAX000-X999 or PSYX000-X999 or SYGX000-X999

  3. Required Courses in the Major (45 credits)
    A minimum grade of C in each course and an overall GPA of 2.5 is required

    EDF 3132 Adolescent Growth & Dev (3)
    EDF 3253 Learning Mgmt Inclusive Class (3)
    EDF 4470 Classroom Assessment (3)
    EDG 4937 Sr Seminar-Initial Teach Prep (3)
    EEX 4070 Integrat Except Stud in Gen Ed (3)
    RED 4350 Literacy Content & Processes (3)
    SSE 4153 Social Science Methods 6-12 (3)
    SSE 4940 Internship in Soc. Science Ed (9)
    SSE 4941 Integr Field Exper:Soc Science (3)
    TSL 4340 Meth, Curric, & Instruc Effect (3)
    TSL 4520 Sec Lang Acquis Comm& Culture (3)
    WOH 1030 World Civilization since 1815 (3)
    GEA 2000 Intro to Geography (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (12 credits)
    Select from the following with approval of the college academic advisor/student success counselor:

    Upper division (3000-4999 level) courses from the social sciences disciplines (prefixes of AMH, ANT, ECO, HIS, POS, PSY, SOP, SYD, SYG, SYO, and SYP). 

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3) 

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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