B.S. Education: Social Studies (5-12)

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Get real-classroom experience while studying for an education degree.

Why study education at North Central University?

Pre-service teachers at NCU are part of a dynamic, hands-on, high-mentorship cohort in their field of licensure. As a licensed major, we offer a fully accredited teacher preparation program where teaching is more than just a job, it is a mission that daily fuels your faith, creativity, and lifelong learning.

Education: Social Studies (5-12) at a glance

North Central’s Education: Social Studies (5-12) major will prepare you with the applicable knowledge and hands-on experience you need to be a successful, effective, inspirational elementary and middle school social studies teacher. You’ll gain expertise in the subject matter through courses in curriculum development, teaching methods, classroom management, and topics like history, geography, political science, and cultural anthropology. Plus, you’ll have an intensive student teaching experience where you’ll practice the relevant skills you need to teach in the 21st century.

Program Highlights

Real-world teaching opportunities

Through clinical and field opportunities, you’ll get tons of classroom experience.

Mentored student teaching

Receive helpful coaching from North Central University professors during student teaching.

Education Curriculum Lab

You’ll have your own library and work area designed for education students.

When you graduate from the Education: Social Studies (5-12) program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Create meaningful and memorable learning experiences
  • Support various learning styles
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills
  • Use individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation
  • Leverage technology to enhance interaction and engagement
  • Plan effective curriculum
  • Assess and evaluate student progress
  • Demonstrate the servant-leadership model of concern and service towards others
  • Continue growing and finding new ways to be a better teacher as a lifelong learner
  • Integrate your faith and your career as an educator
  • Teach a variety of social studies subjects, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, geography, political science, history, and cultural anthropology

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The professors at the school of education have provided me the mentorship and support that I need to not only become a well-rounded teacher but also a well-rounded individual.

North Central prepares a student with real-world teaching opportunities.

Knowledge and Skills You'll Learn

Students with an education degree complete more than 175 hours before student teaching in local schools before student teaching. This is not just observation but actual teaching working with a university supervisor that is also a faculty member and knows you well. Our diverse urban setting provides education students with a wide variety of schools to work in including public, private, charter, alternative, faith-based, suburban, and inner-city.

Education degree seniors spend an entire semester student teaching full-time in a local school where they are mentored and coached by one of their professors and cooperating teacher. It is because of our rigorous and active learning program that NCU education grads have very high placement rates and are sought out by local schools. In the School of Education, you enter inspired and leave empowered!

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