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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.

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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.

Secondary Social Studies Education at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Receive the integration of special education, English as a Second Language, and differentiation practices throughout the course of study.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.

Career Preparation

Teach or tutor students in one-on-one, local school, and international contexts throughout your program of study.

Graduate School Preparation

Earn a bachelor’s degree and an MS in Education in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.

Hands-On Education

Gain opportunities for field experiences throughout the program to apply what is being learned in the classroom.

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Get an inside look at our Secondary Social Studies Education Program

Required Credits: 127

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • SOC 202 Sociocultural Studies
    • EDU 485 Teach Secondary Soc St I
    • EDU 402 Ed Assessment/Adapt
    • EDU 593 Student Teaching

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

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Rebecca Cella

Director of Student Teaching and Field Placement; Program Advisor, Secondary Education; Assistant Professor, School of Education

Becky Cella teaches English composition, literature and arts of the Western world, and teaching English in the secondary school.

Prior to joining Cairn University, Ms. Cella taught English at International Christian High School and Esperanza Charter High School, as well as Sunday School at Riverstone Church in Yardley, PA.

She has been on missions trips to Belize and Liberia, West Africa, and has a passion for using effective classroom management to reach at-risk students. She and her husband, Matt, have two children: Gavin and Grayson.

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Mike Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Professor Zimmerman teaches history and humanities courses for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He previously spent 11 years as a Public High School and Middle School teacher in North Philadelphia. He is married to his wife, Anna, and together they have three children: Michael III, Valyn and Leonidas.

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