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Social Studies Education|College of Education

Welcome to Social Studies Education at UW!

The goal of the social studies education program at UW is to produce social studies educators who are innovators and leaders in the teaching field.  All graduates earn a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education (grades 6-12) AND a concurrent major in geography, history, or political science.  A concurrent major will ensure that graduates are "highly qualified" teachers and will expand career possibilities.

Our social studies education program is Nationally Recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and NCATE.  Our program underwent a rigorous accreditation process and is continually assessed to ensure that the NCATE standards are exceeded. 

The program includes courses in pedagogy, teaching methods, and special education with an ongoing emphasis on technology use in the classroom, multicultural education, and content-area literacy.  Authentic classroom experiences are embedded throughout the program.  Students will begin their social studies coursework by taking courses in geography, history, or political science but will later specialize in one area.  In order to receive initial teaching certification in Wyoming, students must take and pass the Social Studies Content Knowledge Praxis exam with a score of 158 or better.  If a student would like to add another area of specialization, the geography, history, or political science Praxis exam may be taken to demonstrate "high qualified" status.

For those who already have a Bachelor's Degree in geography, history or political science and are interested in becoming certified to teach, we offer a Post-Baccalaureate Program that will lead to initial Wyoming teacher certification. The credits earned in this program can also be applied to a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, if you choose to pursue a graduate degree.

Undergraduate programs:

  • Social Studies Education with a concurrent major in Geography
  • Social Studies Education with a concurrent major in History
  • Social Studies Education with a concurrent major in Political Science
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Social Studies Education

Graduate programs:

  • Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction


The program sheet and other important information is located on the Forms and Links page.

For more information please contact:

Mark Helmsing
McWhinnie Hall 210

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