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About the Social Science 7-12 Teaching Field Endorsement Degree Program

On Campus

In the Social Science education program, you will be equipped to help students understand history, society, geography, economics and more, and examine how those concepts interact and affect culture and human behavior. After completing the program requirements, you will be fully qualified to teach social studies courses at the 7-12 grade level in public and private school settings.

The Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney gives students a working knowledge of past events, people, ideas and values in the United States and in other parts of the world. Students will gain an understanding of contemporary society from a social science perspective that includes multi-cultural and global contexts.

UNK’s teacher education programs offer an unmatched reputation and legacy that our graduates take with them to their schools and throughout their careers. Our faculty believe in the importance of getting future educators into the classroom early and often, and help to guide students through early field experiences and student teaching.

Those interested in becoming teachers must first be admitted to the Teacher Education program. The Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are the approved Basic Skills test for program admission. Passing scores must be achieved in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. More information on admission requirements for the Teacher Education program can be found in the university catalog.

PERSONAL TRAITS FOR SUCCESS IN THIS MAJOR

  • Enthusiasm for social science
  • Curious
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong communication skills

TRAITS FOR SUCCESS WITHIN A CLASSROOM SETTING

  • Loves being around others
  • Creative, engaging, and enthusiastic
  • Passionate about teaching
  • Good classroom management skills
  • Works well with others
  • Gives concise directions and clear objectives
  • Promotes positive behavior
  • Well-rounded communicator
  • Organized and prepared
  • Knowledgeable of the course material

Social Science 7-12 Teaching Field Endorsement Program at a Glance

120

Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Social Science 7-12 Teaching Field Endorsement, Bachelor of Arts in Education

$209

Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Zach Wayman

"I chose this major because it allowed me to be a more desirable candidate for education jobs and continue to learn about my favorite subjects: history, psychology, political science and geography. I chose UNK because of the strong teacher education program and welcoming community feel. The history department helped me achieve my goals and grow as a student, an educator and a person by teaching beyond the content."

Zach Wayman

Lexington High School, Lexington, NE

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