Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with Teacher Licensure

Develop an awareness of social, political, and historical factors that influence cultures of the world along with the skills to share this understanding with your students as a professional educator.

Take fascinating courses drawing on the wide and varied expertise of our social sciences and education faculty that will provide the foundation to teach US or World History, Civics/Government, Economics, Sociology and Geography.


What You’ll Learn

Within the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure (9-12) program, you will learn how to become an effective classroom teacher who has confidence in content knowledge and educational practices. You will learn the social sciences content and skills of analysis, research, critical thinking and writing. In addition to strong content knowledge and skills, you will master instructional methods, best practices and classroom management techniques, such as developing comprehensive creative and engaging lesson plans to implementing strategies to support diverse learners and assessing and analyzing student performance.

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with Teacher Licensure

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, students will be required to complete 27 hours within the major, 9 hours of Social Science electives, and 29 hours within the required Professional Education Minor.

As part of the Teacher Education program, you will also be required to complete a field teaching assignment in a number of different classroom environments with a 15-week assignment as a student teacher comprising your final semester at GWU. You will work with an experienced educator who will serve as your mentor as your develop real-life teaching skills.

Additional information about these options, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to meet licensure requirements for a meaningful career as a professional educator in the social sciences, teaching high school or middle school students in North Carolina.

Your degree in Social Science with Teacher Licensure, along with your student teaching experiences, will prepare you to effectively teach social studies courses in North Carolina secondary school classrooms. The Teacher Licensure program equips you with the content knowledge, educational methods and instructional experience that meet North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements. To gain a NC Professional Educator’s License, students must successfully pass the edTPA Portfolio and other state requirements to become licensed.

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