Social Studies Adolescent Education

Recommended Courses in the Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • HST 201 The Ancient World
  • HST 202 The Modern World
  • HST 211 Early America
  • HST 212 Modern America
  • Courses from the list of Pre-Professional Preparation courses listed below.
  • Note: the general education H, S, D/O, I, W, and Y requirements will be met by required courses in the major.

Co-requisite Courses

In the third and fourth year of study, students will have field placements in area schools. These field placements are arranged through PRO 430, 431, and 433, which are co-requisites for EDI 448, 468, and 464 respectively.


Auxiliary Courses

Students might find a statistics or psychology course to be helpful.

Grade Requirement

This major/program requires a grade of “C” or above in all content and Education courses. “C-” grades and below are NOT acceptable and require repeats unless otherwise specified.


Additionally, this major has several GPA requirements:

1) Students must meet New York State Education criteria for entrance into teacher certification majors prior to starting their field placements. This can be based on high school or community college achievement. Students who are not eligible prior to entering Brockport, will need a 3.00 GPA to start their field placements. Students who have met this threshold prior to or at SUNY Brockport, will be marked as PEU Certification Eligible on their Degree Audits.

2) Once they are PEU eligible, students must maintain a 2.00 to take the required field placement courses: PRO 430 and 431.

3) Students must have a 2.50 GPA to take PRO 433, the required Teaching Practicum taken in the final semester of study. Therefore, students with lower than a 2.50 will not be able to graduate with a Social Studies Education degree.


The Social Studies Adolescence Education Major

The major consists of 93 credits. There are 36 credits in History, 18 of which must be at the upper division (300-400) level and taken at Brockport. It also requires 18 credits in Pre-Professional Courses and 39 Education and Professional courses.


This major leads to certification as a middle- or high-school Social Studies teacher. Students who wish to pursue certification for both Social Studies and Special Education should see the Social Studies Adolescence Inclusive Education major.


Students entering the University as transfers with junior status may be exempted from HST 201 and/or 202 (formerly 101 and 102) if they have taken and earned a “C” or better in Western Civilization course(s) at another institution.



A. Core History Seminars


1. World history—6 credits

HST 201 Ancient World* (formerly HST 101)

HST 202 Modern World* (formerly HST 102)

2. US History—6 credits
HST 211 Early America*

HST 212 Modern America*

3. Research Methods – 3 credits

(Prerequisite: 3 of the survey courses above)
HST 390

4. Research Intensive Capstone – 3 credits

(Prerequisite: HST 390)
HST 416, 418, 420 OR HST 421

B. Global Surveys and Area Histories – 18 credits

1. European History—3 credit hours
(Select One)
HST 221 Modern Europe (no longer taught)
HST 335 The Roman Empire
HST 336 Medieval Europe
HST 337 Early Modern Europe

HST 343 History of the Soviet Union
HST 346 Renaissance & Reformation
HST 347 Europe’s Long 19th Century
HST 349 Europe in the 20th Century
HST 359 European Women

2. Asian History-3 credit hours
(Select One)
HST 360 Of Silk and Swords: Great Eurasian Empires
HST 361 Samurai to Godzilla
HST 385 Asian Civilizations to 1600
HST 386 Opium to Hiroshima
HST 487 Asian Survey

3. Latin American History – 3 credits

(Select One)
HST 375 Born in Blood and Fire

HST 376 Modern Latin America

4. African History or Middle Eastern History -3 credits

(Select One)
AAS/HST 320 Pre-Colonial Africa

HST 321 Modern Africa

HST 341 Mid East Crisis

HST 363 Islam

HST 365 Medieval Islam

5. Advanced American History – 3 credits

(Select One)
Any 400-level course on American History

C. Pre-Professional Courses – 18 credits

Beginning Language I
SPN 111

FRN 111

ASL 111

Or another approved language

Beginning Language II
SPN 112

FRN 112

ASL 112

Or another approved language

ECN 100 or ECN 202

Elements of Geography
ESC 102

American Politics

PLS 113

American History or Society
ANT 301 Indigenous Issues in Native North America

HST 310 American Indian History

HST 313 Slavery in the Antebellum South

SOC 210 Social Problems


D. Pre- or Co-Phase Education Courses – 18 credits

Intro to Special Education
EDI 413
Teach Students with Special Needs
EDI 409
Education and Society
EDI 430
Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School Content Areas I
EDI 431
Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School Content Areas II
EDI 432*
Adolescent Development or equivalent
EDI 459

E. Phase I Education Courses – 4 credits

Phase 1 Field Experience
PRO 430
Inclusive Middle School Teaching in Social Studies
EDI 448
F. Phase II Education Courses – 5 credits

Phase 2 Field Experience
PRO 431
Inclusive High School Teaching in Social Studies
EDI 468*
Classroom Management
EDI 331
G. Phase III Education Courses – 4 credits

Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Education
EDI 464
Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Education
PRO 433

* Students may apply to substitute one of the required 200-level seminars with a 100-level survey as follows: HST 110 Survey in American History I (Can replace HST 211); HST 120 Survey in American History II (Can replace HST 212); HST 130 World History Survey I (Can replace HST 201); HST 140 World History Survey II (Can replace HST 202). Students wishing to do so should see their advisor.


To be certified as teachers, students will also need to pass the State certification exams and complete the following workshops:

· DASA Training

· Autism Training (completed through EDI 413)

· Child Abuse Detection Training (can be completed through an optional course, PRO 370)

· Safe School Anti-Violence Training (can be completed through an optional course, PRO 370)


Social Studies Adolescence Education (SSE)