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Integrated Social Studies - B.S.E.

DESCRIPTION:    The Integrated Social Studies (INSS) program prepares prospective teachers to be purposeful, deliberative, reflective practitioners, who teach students to contribute to the deepening of democracy, and promote the common good. The program is designed to develop preservice teachers who learn from practice, engage in collaborative inquiry and partnerships to promote student learning and continued professional growth, create equitable classrooms,  plan/organize meaningful lessons and assessments, and view themselves as curriculum developers who recognize that social studies content and curriculum are more than information in textbooks and standardized curriculum guides. Graduates are prepared to teach social studies in grades 7-12 and are recommended for Ohio licensure upon completion of all state requirements. The Integrated Social Studies major includes a choice of five concentrations: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology.

The economics concentration challenges students to build on and integrate their economics content knowledge as part of developing participatory, democratic citizens.

The geography concentration challenges students to build on and integrate their geography-content knowledge as part of developing participatory, democratic citizens.

The history concentration challenges students to build on and integrate their history-content knowledge as part of developing participatory, democratic citizens.

The political science concentration challenges students to build on and integrate their political science-content knowledge as part of developing participatory, democratic citizens.

The sociology concentration challenges students to build on and integrate their sociology-content knowledge as part of developing participatory, democratic citizens.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. To be admitted to the program, students must display evidence of adequate communication skills; sound content area knowledge (language arts, mathematics, science or social studies); a basic understanding of the teaching profession; a basic understanding of adolescents; and dispositions aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, including being open-minded, flexible, caring and responsible. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on an interview; letters of recommendation; GPA; Praxis I scores; and performance in English and communication studies coursework. Applicants to the ADED program must have experience working with young adults in a supervisory capacity, such as tutoring, camp counseling, volunteer work or related experience. Students should contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire about the procedures and criteria associated with admission to the adolescence/young adult education program.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum 2.75 cumulative and minimum 2.6 major GPA. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all major coursework. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in some courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.   
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    None

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:    $50/semester   
ACCREDITATION:    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
Kent Student Education Association

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