Psychology Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SOSC 401 Methods of Teaching Social Studies is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following:

  • economics,
  • geography,
  • history,
  • political science and
  • religion.

A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- or above in all Psychology courses. Psychology course in which grades of less than C- are earned must be repeated and brought up to a minimum grade of C- or they will not count toward the major.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Psychology Major Requirements
Complete the following with minimum grades of C-
Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 203Introduction to Psychological Research3
PSYC 220Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 301Experimental Psychology4
Teacher Education Requirements
PSYC 246Psychology of the Black Experience3
PSYC 265Psychology of Women3
PSYC 300The Teaching of Psychology3
PSYC 304Social Psychology3
Biological Basis of Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Physiological Psychology
Comparative Animal Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Human Learning and Memory
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
Select one of the following:3
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Advanced Electives
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Advanced Community Psychology: Externship
Methods in Evaluation Research
Health Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing
Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
Contemporary Issues in Child Advocacy
Forensic Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
Health Psychology: Applications to the Community
Evolutionary Psychology
Systems of Psychotherapy
Seminar in Cognitive Science
Psychology Honors II
If not already used above, the following also may be taken:
Physiological Psychology
Developmental Psychology I
Psychological Foundations of Personality
Human Learning and Memory
Comparative Animal Behavior
Clinical Psychology
Fundamentals of Conditioning and Learning
Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits38

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Fieldwork3
SASE 451Teaching for Learning I3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Student Teaching9
Total Credits49-54

Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.

Related Social Science Requirements
ECON 100Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 215 The Economics of Social Problems
EAES 161Human Geography3
EAES 170World Geography3
United States
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Church and State in Latin America
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Selected Topics
Political Science
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
or POLS 307 American Political Thought
POLS 201Comparative Politics3
RELG 100Religions of the World3
Total Credits30