Secondary Social Studies Education (BS)

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching Social Studies for 7–12 grade and an educational approach to create a supportive environment for the whole person—mind, heart, and soul.

Why Secondary Social Studies Education?

A Secondary Social Studies program is designed to develop critical and creative thinking, reflection on practice, and the disposition to engage children actively in their own learning. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in social studies content knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices in social studies; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice in a secondary social studies classroom. Certification includes PA State Secondary Social Studies Instructional I (Grades 7-12) as well as Association of Christian Schools International Secondary Social Studies (Grades 7-12); certification in Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL PK-12 may be added to the secondary social studies education program.


Why Secondary Social Studies Education at Cairn?

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Education in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.
  • Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.
  • Receive the integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study.
  • Gain opportunities for field experiences throughout the program to apply what is being learned in the classroom.
  • Teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study.

Career Paths

  • Secondary classroom teacher (middle school of high school) in public, Christian, other private, or international school
  • Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL K-12 classroom teacher, support personnel, or co-teacher.
  • Master degree programs and certification add-ons, such as Reading Specialist, Librarian Specialist, and Business, Computers, and Information Technology (BCIT) Specialist open up the opportunity to specialize.