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Bachelor of Education in Middle Education - Social Sciences

Liberty University's Bachelor of Education in Middle Education with a specialization in Social Sciences program is designed to help students develop the instructional skills and content knowledge needed to teach social science subjects in grades 6-8. Read more about this online BEd program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Education in Middle Education with a specialization in Social Sciences

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

An academic background in history and economics would prove helpful for aspiring students of this program. Above-average communication, listening, and organizational skills are important. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of Liberty University's online Bachelor of Education in Middle Education with a specialization in Social Sciences program have the opportunity to study economic theories, major eras and trends in post-Reconstruction American history, and Western civilization culture as they prepare to become middle school social sciences educators. In a major course in teaching middle school social science, students could learn about instructional planning strategies, differentiated instructional development, and theory-to-practice transfer methods for integrating the teaching of geography, history, and the social sciences. Other major courses address instructional methods for teaching other middle school subjects, such as mathematics and science, as well as instructional methodologies for student diversity, behavioral management approaches, and diagnostic testing processes. A three-part practicum and student teaching experiences allow for the practical application of methods covered in the program in actual learning environments.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Education in Middle Education - Social Sciences:

A total of 120 credits must be completed to earn this BEd degree; this total includes 26-36 credits in major coursework, nine credits in the social sciences cognate area, 26 credits in major foundational classes, and 9-13 credits in a professional seminar and teaching experiences. Students also complete 39-42 in the general education curriculum and a one-credit free elective. Degree programs and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (39-42 credits)

  • Speech Communication
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Composition and Literature
  • Survey of American History I
  • Elements of Mathematics
  • Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning
  • American Literature I
  • Christian Life and Biblical Worldview
  • Western Culture
  • Elements of Physics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Survey of Old and New Testament
  • Introduction to Theology Survey

Major Foundational Courses (26 credits)

  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Biology Laboratory
  • Introduction to Geography
  • Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
  • History of Western Civilization II
  • History of Virginia
  • College Algebra
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Elements of Earth Science
  • Elements of Physics Lab

Major Core Middle Education Courses (26-36 credits)

  • Introduction to Education and Classroom Technology
  • Instructional Design: Elementary
  • Instructional Approaches to Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners
  • Teaching Elementary Language Arts
  • Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Science
  • Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics
  • Teaching Elementary and Middle School Science
  • Behavior and Individual Differences
  • Foundations of Education
  • Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
  • Diagnostic Measurement and Evaluation

Practicum Courses (0 credits)

  • Practicum in Education I: External
  • Practicum in Education II: External
  • Practicum in Education III: External

Professional Semester Courses (9-13 credits)

  • Seminar in Classroom Management
  • Supervised Student Teaching I
  • Supervised Student Teaching II

Social Sciences Cognate Courses (9 credits)

  • Survey of Economics
  • Survey of American History II
  • Comparative Civilization

Elective Courses (0-1 credits)

  • Students choose 0-1 credit hours in free electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who earn the Bachelor of Education in Middle Education with a specialization in Social Sciences who wish to advance into teaching supervisor or administrative roles could enter a master's degree program following graduation. A graduate degree in education could delve further into educational theories, leadership practices, and managerial processes and would likely be required to those intending to pursue such positions as principal or department head.

Master's degree graduates might pursue a:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education - Administration and Supervision
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle Grades Education

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Education in Middle Education - Social Sciences program, graduates who successfully obtain licensure could seek teaching positions in public or private middle schools. Their responsibilities could include designed social science lesson plans, developing curricula, assessing student performance, and managing classroom behaviors.

The roles that graduates could be eligible to fill include:

  • Homeschool teacher
  • Private school teacher
  • Social sciences curriculum coordinator
  • Licensed middle education social sciences teacher

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